[talk-ch] New Membership Outreach

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Wed Aug 31 07:15:26 CEST 2022

Am 30.08.2022 um 22:48 schrieb Paul Brunner:
> Would theWelcome Tool  <https://welcome.osm.be >  (wiki pagehere  <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Welcome_tool>) be helpful in welcoming
> and orienting new members?

It more or less does the same thing I do, a bit more automated, but I'm 
not sure it actually saves anything in everyday use.

Sending a welcome mail is 1 click on the mail from the RSS feed, one 
click on the user account link, one click on the "Send message" button, 
one click on the title field and a key press, one click and paste for 
the welcome text, one click to send. Once everything is set up that is 
really fast, aka a couple of seconds. We typically have a bit over 1'000 
new contributors each year, so at worst we are talking about 2-3 hours / 
year just sending the messages.

What takes time and dominates everything else is giving accounts that, 
for whatever reason, are worthy of it, a closer look, and that is no 
faster with the welcome tool.  Using it would make sense if we had a 
substantially higher influx of new accounts and/or were splitting the 
work up. But it means more moving parts which in turn cause extra work too.


> Simon, I thought I remembered you saying it was quite a bit of work sending
> the emails out the current way.
> (Resending with different subject line.)
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