[OSM-talk] Which global OSM mailing list for the "community index"?

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Thu Jun 20 09:58:33 UTC 2019


in parts of the world for which no particular national/regional
resources have been defined, the "id" editor will suggest to get in
touch with "us" and/or other mappers through:

* Reddit
* Facebook
* Telegram
* Discord
* Twitter
* OSM help
* OSM IRC channel
* OSMF website

(this list is defined in from

Clearly one of the global mailing lists is missing here; I wonder which
one it should be. "talk" has had participation from ~ 160 different
community members in 2019 so far, "tagging" even ~ 200. Though maybe
tagging is too specific and talk a better starting point for someone who
wants to get in touch?

For comparison, I would be interested in how many people have
participated in the global venues that id currently links to. Are there
public archives that would allow me to count that?

I tried to gauge participation in help.osm in all of 2019 and came up
with ~ 620 different people who either asked or answered at least one
question. But help is a less "egalitarian" landscape than the mailing
lists; a very large part of those 620 just ask one question and don't
participate further, and a very small number of these 620 answer all the
questions. The mailing lists have fewer people participating but those
that do are more likely to engage in a bidirectional fashion.

It would be interesting to quantify this in a more scientific manner.


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