Oceania Subcategory

Category name


Is this a top-level category or a subcategory?


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

An oceania subcategory would service mappers in Oceania.

Oceania in this context is the same definition as that adopted for the OSM Local Chapter (here )

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

This category would deal with specific Oceania mapping issues

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

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

Already Exists in different forms.

  • The talk-au mailing list is very active, averaging a message or so a week
  • The talk-nz is much less active, averaging a message every other month.
  • The talk-oceania mailing list was never used.
  • The Australia and New Zealand forum groups were rarely used.
  • The #oceania discord channel is very active, with multiple conversations occurring a day.

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

No, not currently.

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

The OSM Etiquette Guidelines will apply.

List the usernames of the category moderators

  • Andrew Davidson (@TheSwavu)
    • Andrew is an active contributor to conversations across all communications channels, and a prolific editor with a long history with OSM.
  • Sam Wilson (@Sam_Wilson)
    ** Sam is an active contributor to conversations on the talk-au mailing list, and is a regular organiser of mapping events and meet-ups in Perth.
  • Dian Agesson (@Diacritic - myself)
    ** Regular contributor on mailing list, discord, and wiki. Frequent editor
  • Eliot Blennerhassett (@EliotB )
    ** Eliot is the moderator of the talk-nz mailing list and is a long-time editor.

There’s also an OSM channel on the Perth Geogeeks Slack, and there’s a ‘Maptime Oceania’ Slack workspace as well (but I can’t find the link right now, sorry).

Thanks for the request.

While we wait for the proposed moderators to comment here they are OK with the role, it would be great if you could also add a brief description of yourself in the initial message, as you did for the other two proposed moderators.

As per the current Moderation Selection Criteria note that for the list of moderators to be approved, 5 days of community discussion will need to take place here (always including weekend days) and then a voting poll to validate the list by the community will be open for another 5 days too.

Thanks again!

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I accept the nomination for moderator (or at least I assume that’s what I am supposed to indicate).

I also accept the nomination for moderator. Sorry I wasn’t explicit about that above.

Thanks everyone,

As per the current Moderation Selection Criteria now the community has 5 days (that must include weekend days) to discuss about this proposal.

After that a voting poll will be opened for another 5 days to validate the list.


Thanks Ruben,

I have reached out on the mailing list and discord to encourage discussion here.

Well done folks on getting this started. Whilst the forum has been less popular than other communication channels its good to have a dedicated area for Oceania mappers. Links to the other channels are in the Australian Mapping Community wiki pages (including link to join the Slack channel)


Howdy, I’m here to belatedly add my support to the creation of this subcategory.

I’m the moderator of talk-nz, which as mention is currently very quiet, though it does have the occasional flurry of activity if there’s something specific to discuss. E.g. in 2021 there was a lot said about place names The Talk-nz 2021 Archive by thread

If there is a need for more moderators here I’m happy to put my name forward.

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Thanks Eliot!

@nukeador , would it be ok to add Eliot into the list of moderators, given the discussion period is less than a day old?

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Do we need to actually discuss anything, or just express our support for the Oceania category & these moderators? I do! :slight_smile:

The description of the process says:

I’d assume that as long as we announced the addition of another moderator we’d just have to allow 5 days of discussion from there.

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Another vote of support for this subcategory, along with the moderators listed.

Makes sense. I’ve added Eliot now, so I guess the clock can restart. :slight_smile:

Supporting the subcategory creation and all moderators. As an occasional initiator and contributor to conversations across various channels, I would switch to this subcategory for initiating new topics.

I count today as 6 days (although the counter on the thread only says 5 days since 27/10?), so what happens now? :slight_smile:

Hello again everyone,

Five days have passed for the community discussion so now a voting poll is opened for another five days to validate the final list.

The list will be validated if it gets at least 80% of yes votes. Note that votes (who voted what) are public to help identify any abuses.


Do you approve @TheSwavu @Sam_Wilson @Diacritic and @EliotB to be category moderators for the “Oceania” category?
  • Yes I approve
  • No, I don’t approve (please comment below)

0 voters

Sorry, but I’m not sure if my vote registered? When I opened the thread, it said said 6 voters, I’ve approved it, but it still says 6 voters? Do I have to post this vote somehow?

If the poll UI is telling you that you have already voted, your vote will be counted.

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