Talk:Contact channels

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Discuss the Contact page here:

One page or separate pages

Seemed sensible to move all the contact stuff, mailing lists, bugs etc to one page rather than lots of little ones

The forum seems to be full of spam :( I haven't subscribed to the mailing list yet as I'm not sure I want all that mail all the time. I tend to prefer forums as I can dip in as I find time and ask for help when I need it. Steevc 12:12, 10 December 2006 (UTC)

This kind of answers my question at Talk:Mailing_lists#Why_a_separate_page_for_Mailing_lists_and_Contact? question. Can these be merged (and Mailing lists redirected to Contacts#Mailing_lists)? --Jaakko 18:40, 19 January 2010 (UTC)
For a long time we had a separate Mailing lists page but with the tabular list transcluded onto this page. I guess someone decided that table was a bit too big (quite right) and so we've now moved to a situation where this page only carries a brief summary.
That summary is a little too brief right now. It feels a little imbalanced with other elements of the page now, given that mailing lists are the primary contact channel. We should probably flesh out the description there a bit, and maybe pick the top five most important mailing lists to list here. Obviously we also prominently link to the Mailing lists page for the full list.
Another thing to bring more balance to the page, will be to slim down and hive off the IRC information
-- Harry Wood 12:33, 30 June 2011 (BST)


Although it seems interesting, the page does not explain HOW to use software/feature. I installed 'Miranda IM'(it's OK to list a favorite) as i figure that it might work . The software asks to select a channel, and i cant find the OSM channel which is listed, that i could join. The Wiki page doesn't explain HOW or What IRC is. A reference to would be helpful to a Newbie like me :) --acrosscanadatrails 02:14, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

There's a balance to strike with providing help information about the what and how of IRC, against keeping this page a bit more slimmed down as an at a glance summary. We should probably move the long list and more details onto separate IRC page (currently redirected here)
One thing I noticed just now which might be helpful here. The web interface supports URLs specifying a channel like this: I imagine that link format might be more useful for IRC newbies, than the weird protocol link irc:// #osm-fr which unfortunately doesn't launch anything useful on most desktop set ups.
-- Harry Wood 12:33, 30 June 2011 (BST)
OK we now have a separate IRC page with a 'How to use IRC' section -- Harry Wood 01:10, 4 July 2011 (BST)


"[1]: All languages multiuser chat "

I cannot login there. But on there seems to be such a server. :) I'll add that one additionally:

The admin of this MediaWiki should make the xmpp links clickable, as described here:

--westfa 16:28, 4 May 2009 (UTC)

search the website

I'm not convinced that this custom Google search as any benefit. All it does for me is display lots of Google adverts.

It the very least it also make clear what it is, and what it is actually searching.