United States subcategory

Category name

United States

Is this a top-level category or a subcategory?


Description of its purpose and which open mapping groups it will serve

Forum for mappers of the United States to discuss OpenStreetMap topics.

Why is this new category needed instead of being hosted as part of the existing ones?

There are no categories yet for issues specific to the United States.

Is this a new space or does it already exist on other platforms? Where?

The OpenStreetMap US community primarily communicates on two platforms:

In addition, there are some subnational mailing lists:

Current volume of messages on the former platforms, if any (per week/per month)

The OSM-US Slack is very active, with probably hundreds of messages per week.

The talk-us@ mailing list can have up to 30 messages per month.

The subnational mailing lists might only have a few messages per month, if any at all.

Is there a transition plan for the old platform to this new one? (please link or describe)

No plans, just vibes.

Due to the high volume of existing communication platforms, we don’t expect to discontinue them anytime soon. Slack hosts the majority of our discussion right now, though there are enough US mappers with reservations about discussing an open data project on a proprietary platform that we can’t rely solely on Slack to reach the entire community. So we tend to have more consequential tagging discussions on the mailing list.

But Discourse hasn’t had the same problem as Slack, since it’s open source, and more transparently connected to the OpenStreetMap web infrastructure. Ultimately, I think there’s enough incentive for the US mapping community to transition towards this platform. It’ll just take time.

(Optional) A link or list of the category specific guidelines

This community will seek to opt in to the OSM US Code of Conduct and Moderation Process. In the unlikely case that isn’t successful, the OSM Etiquette Guidelines will apply.

List the usernames of the category moderators

All of us have been active in OSM for over a decade, and actively participate in discussions on existing platforms.

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