Forums governance team meeting - 2024-02-01

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:open_book: Agenda


I would point out that the calls for a saner approach for access to the migrated low to very low volume forums have not been answered and should be on the agenda too.

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Regarding the topic of “Additional Emoji Reactions”:

Ideally, the new OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) strategy
should guide the development of a new strategy for the OSM Community Discourse Forum.
The topic of “Additional Emoji Reactions” should be a part of this.
At a minimum, it should align with the direction of the new OSMF strategy, as noted in: “The Strategic Plan was adopted by the OpenStreetMap Foundation board on 2023-09-28.”
Key points to consider are:

Therefore, if there’s a serious proposal to shift our common Discourse forum more towards “Western meme trends”, please provide a thorough justification for how this supports the new OSMF Strategy.

However, I do support emoji reactions that express unity and community sentiment.
For example, a “custom OpenStreetMap emoji reaction” that represents OSM community unity and aligns with the goals of the OMS community would be great.
This is feasible since it’s possible to extend Discourse with a custom OSM SVG reaction.

Regardless of the above, an “Off-topic” section could also be introduced, where more relaxed rules would apply.

In any case, I trust that the Forum Governance will make a wise decision on this matter.
I also apologize to everyone with whom I have debated on this topic.

We didn’t get around to that topic this time, but I have made a note for our next meeting in 2 weeks. You’re already welcome to share any input or suggestions on the topic in the meantime.