Forums governance team meeting - 2022-04-21

Hi all,

I would like to share that today we will be having our second @forums-governance team meeting.

Everyone can attend. Meeting notes will be posted here afterwards.

:calendar: When: Thursday, April 21, 2022 5:00 PMThursday, April 21, 2022 6:00 PM
:round_pushpin: Where: OSM Video

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:open_book: Agenda

  • Forum migration progress
  • Help OSM transition plan
  • Governance and accountability model
    • Moderator selection/polls
  • Review request: Question & Answers plugin

:grey_question: Are there other topics you think we need to tackle during this meeting?


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Hello everyone,

During yesterday’s meeting the @forums-governance team met to talk about some open discussions and next steps for these forums.

Attendees: @cquest @woodpeck @Nop @Firefishy @nukeador @Tordanik

Topics discussed

  • Old forums migration progress
  • Help OSM transition plan
  • Moderation process
  • Moderator election polls


Migration next steps

@Firefishy and @cquest will work together to snapshot the current site and test a full migration, the desire is to be ready to do the final migration some time in May (exact date TBD based on early May test results)

Help OSM transition plan

@Firefishy will generate a report on how active the Help OSM old questions are to inform a decision on whether to generate an static site or evaluate if content migration is doable.

The Question and Answer plugin will be installed and tested.

Why? The current workload to test the old forums migration is taking already most technical time, any technical time on Help OS transition will have to wait. There is currently no script to migrate content from the Help OSM database.

Moderation process

@Nop in collaboration with @cquest and @nukeador will come with a proposal on a moderation guidelines, to help new moderators know how to deal with issues and enforce guidelines.

@Nop will also come with written guidelines to capture the current ones that are being applied to the German forum over the old site.

Why? It important that moderators have clear guidelines to follow when dealing with conflict and also a guide on how to operate using the discourse features.


Full minutes of the meeting are available on the OSMF website:
2022-04-21 Meeting about and Discourse
Thanks to @Doro8ea for compiling them!

I think that that makes sense - it would also give time to address some of the other “help” issues (e.g. voting) later.

Sorry I forgot to add an additional decision (added now):

The Question and Answer plugin will be installed and tested.

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Some more meeting minutes to read Operations/Minutes/2022-04-21 Meeting about and Discourse - OpenStreetMap Foundation

Also note:

There will be a follow-up meeting on 5 May 2022, 17:00 UTC

Has the meeting on 2022-05-05 taken place? If yes, are there minutes? Thanks!

Yes, a meeting has taken place on 2022-05-05. Minutes will be most likely be published by @nukeador next week.

Meeting minutes for 2022-05-05 are now online: