Question: Since the current volume is just 1-2 messages per month, would it be ok to start by using an #import tag over the #general category and then think about a separate category if this grows later?
The import guidelines are very clear in the requirements that the RFC is absolutely mandatory. It’s critical that we’re able to track all import discussions over time, and I’m not familiar with the discourse forum’s ability to, for example, migrate all tagged discussions to the category at time of creation. I’d rather not have to query both the tagged discussions in addition to the category in the future.
The imports list is yellow in the first graph, but purple in the second graph.
Readability aside, it’s interesting to see that the discourse forum is already more active than the mailing list, considering that the mailing list is required for imports, and the community is presently just a discussion center.
Most imports are of interest to and require buy-in from various local communities. I feel like posting in the relevant community category with a global #import tag would be more likely to be seen by members of potentially-affected local communities that aren’t regularly engaged in imports.
I’m not super familiar with all of Discourse’s features, but my hunch is that posting in the affected community channel and tagging with the #import tag would require fewer cross-posting steps to get the thread in front of people who are watching a particular country channel.
I spent some time thinking about the whole tag versus category thing recently, and I’m starting to think that a category seems to be a better choice, since I’d imagine that a separate category would be easier to discover and additionaly be more organized.
I’d be happy to moderate one if we are able to get it created.
But if Imports is a category how would you propose sharing a notices with the affected local communities? For example, if it is an import of US addresses would you make a second post in the US category linking back to the post in imports?
I just figured out that you can subscribe to receive emails from all discussions with the tag. This seems like the superior way to go, since it provides the additional engagement with the local community, while still enabling all users to observe all import discussions in one place. This is certainly the way that I would like to enact.
Fresh out of bed, I just figured out the perfect way that we should use the discourse for the import RFCs.
If you submit a new RFC, you can just apply the #import tag as well as a second tag like #import-proposal to specify that it’s a new import proposal, so anyone following the tag can decide whether they want to follow all import discussion, or only new imports.
This forum can be used in mailing list mode (I use it that way). Is it planned to allow new “imports” threads to be started by email?
The challenge might be that (as I understand it**) the ability to create new threads by email is forum-dependent, and the proposal seems to be to use an import tag in whatever other forum is most appropriate, and not all of those may have the ability to create threads by email enabled.
If new import discussions could be created by email, I suspect that many of the reasons for opposing a move would go away.
One of the challenges that new users face with mailing lists is that they may be unfamiliar with how they work (sign-up, etc.)… Has anyone end-to-end tested the “proposed new procedure” to see how easy it is to post as a new user from an email client?
Edit: See discussion of “new threads by email” here.
** new threads by email was discussed a few months ago, but I don’t know what the current state is, or how usable it is as a new user.
It is possible to make points via email, the only hurdle that I imagined was that it may not be possible to add tags to the post unless you submitted via the website, which would be a killer, since the tags would be the required step in writing an import proposal.
After looking it up, it appears that if you add [import import-proposal] to the subject line, it adds the tags to the post. So yes, it would absolutely be possible to submit proposals via email.
The idea behind the whole local community + tags thing is that if the local community exists, you can both have the required discussion, as well as the local discussion on the same post. If the local community doesn’t have a category on the forum, you can always submit the post to the general talk category with the required tags, and those following the tags can still find the post.
I would definitely suggest creating a new OSM user and testing this theory, rather than just saying “it appears that…”. I’d imagine that you’d run into the following issues.
A brand new OSM user can create a forum account, but that forum account won’t immediately be of the trust level needed in order to post to the forum by email.
Not all forums will support “new threads by email”
As @SimonPoole has already said, we need to tell people what to do if no community exists, or that community exists but is closed to submissions.
A search here finds no test proposals tagged with import-proposal, so I can only assume that the proposed process hasn’t been tested. Obviously if you want this new process to work you have to address the issues raised e.g. here.