[OSM-talk] Proposal to close newbies@ list

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemeD.net
Mon Jan 11 14:28:27 UTC 2016

Hi all,

Usage of the newbies at openstreetmap.org mailing list, set up in 2007 to 
provide help to new users, has dwindled to almost nothing. There were no 
posts in September, October, November, or December.

Generally we now have better places to provide help to new users - 
principally http://help.openstreetmap.org/ , but also national forums 
and mailing lists. There is also more OSM documentation than was once 
the case.

So that new users don't seek help in a little-used backwater, but 
instead go to a place where help is more likely to be found, I'm 
proposing (as list admin) to close the list to subscriptions and to 
posting. The list archives would be retained.

If you have a compelling reason why the list should not be closed, 
please speak up now. You'll need to volunteer to be the admin though. ;)


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