By September 30th 2022 the forum.openstreetmap.org will be retired, please request a category for your community in the new ones as soon as possible using this process, which will allow you to propose your community moderators.
Quick question. If a community doesn’t file the request for the creation of a category of a local chapter, what would happen? Let’s say the Italian community doesn’t ask for an Italian category, what would happen the existing discussions on forum.openstreetmap.org?
That’s why I’m asking: I have no idea. I think that those discussions should be preserved, but if there’s no target category they might be lost in the migration. The Italian community will likely request a category before September 30th, anyway.
@Firefishy is making sure no data is lost, that’s a top priority.
What to do with migrated categories that communities don’t want to use or have been inactive for month/year is something different. What’s people’s preference here?
Note that the goal is to make sure every category has a set of defined moderators by the community itself to ensure safe and healthy spaces here. That’s why communities are asked to request the categories in advance of the migration
Speaking of the Italian community, the forum has been particularly silent because the community still prefers the Mailing List to the forum (there are pros and cons and everyone has their opinion). I think we will have the category anyway, but choosing the category’s moderator would take some time (I suppose). Anyway, thank you for the infos. I will start a discussion on the Italian Mailing List.
Note that these forums can be used just like a mailing list. You can “subscribe” to a category or tag from the top right and select “Watching”. You will receive every new topic and message and you will be able to reply by email (exactly like a mailing list).
Bonus: You can select individual topics to stop these notifications (mute a topic) or just subscribe to an individual one and not having to subscribe to the whole category (which I personally love and it’s not possible using mailing lists).
Note that these forums can be used just like a mailing list.
it may be true for the new one, the old one was almost unusable, e.g. quoting doesn’t work on iphone and the text was too small. If you close the page or had connection problems on send your draft was lost, etc. These things seem solved on discourse, others are still in the process of being solved (or we’ll have to live with them). Thank god the badge madness was stopped.
But still after six months we are still missing a thumbs down button/emoticon, it seems some things are very complicated on the new platform…