Proposal - New categories requirements and process

This proposal tries to unify a process for requesting and approving new categories on these forums.

Please, we want to read your input in the comments below!

These forums are intended to be a safe and open space for open mapping communities and contributors and we want people to have the chance to have a space here.

What are we trying to solve:

  • Define a process on how to request a new category.
  • Understand when a new category is needed vs other options (i.e using tags).
  • Ensure new categories are properly resourced for moderation, including enforcing the OSM Etiquette guidelines.
  • Ensure there is a healthy leadership rotation among moderators.

![:green_circle:](upload://gYrK4etA9KmMqklIbytVz47gBWg.png ":green_circle:") Proposal on how to request a new category

  • We’ll create a subcategory under #site-feedback to organize requests.
  • Request can be done in other languages than English or use a machine translation system to post.
  • OSMF local chapters will be consulted when the creation of a location-based category for their region of interest is requested.
  • The request should contain:
    • The name of the category.
    • Will this be a top-level category or a subcategory?
    • A description of it’s purpose and which open mapping groups will serve.
    • Why this category is needed instead of being hosted as part of the existing ones?
    • Is this a new space or it’s already existing in other platform(s)?
      • What the current volume of messages in the old platform (per week/per month)
      • Is there a transition plan for the old platform to this new one? (please link or describe)
    • (Optional) A link or list of the category specific guidelines, if none OSM Etiquette Guidelines will apply.
    • At least 3 users who can commit to moderate the category and enforce the guidelines.
      • Any context about these 3 users and why they would be a good moderators.
      • An individual message from these 3 users supporting the request and committing to their moderator duties.

![:left_speech_bubble:](upload://72UTJ1RtJXUGlwOjHr3IY3LqQAt.png ":left_speech_bubble:") What do you think about this proposal? Add a comment below!

  • What do you like the most?
  • Is there something missing?
  • What would you do different and why?

Thanks! ![:slight_smile:](upload://9wFbSzwMJ8niV0HX560HiD7O9Dv.png ":slight_smile:")

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