Proposal to Migrate US Import Mailing List to OpenStreetMap Community Forum

Dear OpenStreetMap Community Members,

I am writing to propose the migration of an OpenStreetMap imports mailing list, specifically the United States (import-us) mailing list, to the OpenStreetMap community forum on Discourse. This idea stems from the belief that the forum format may provide a better user experience and be more accessible to new community members.

Benefits of using the OpenStreetMap Community Forum on Discourse include:

  1. Improved user experience with features such as rich text, formatting, hyperlinks, linking to other topics, and replies, which are handled more effectively in the Discourse environment.
  2. Lower barriers to entry for new community members who may not be familiar with mailing lists or have supported email clients.
  3. A more modern and accessible communication platform that aligns with current internet trends.

As the United States import mailing list has been relatively inactive, with no posts since December 2022 and only a few messages per month, it seems appropriate to start the transition with this specific list. The proposal is to integrate US import discussions directly into the forum using tags to separate import-related discussions from other topics. We can agree upon a specific tag for all import-related posts, making them easily identifiable and separate from other forum content.

I have had preliminary discussions with other moderators regarding the feasibility of migrating old mailing list content to the forum. Due to the site team’s limited resources, it appears that this may not be possible in the short term. However, I believe that we can still move forward with this proposal, applying it only to future discussions.

Following this message, I plan to formally propose this idea on the OpenStreetMap wiki using the traditional process. I welcome any feedback, suggestions, or concerns from the community, and I hope that this migration can benefit our community and enhance the OpenStreetMap project as a whole.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Best regards,

Elliott Plack
US Forum Moderator

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