YouTube Channel for OpenGeofiction?

Posted by theruler on 30 December 2018 in English (English)

I have an idea... I thought earlier today that maybe a YouTube Channel for OGF could be a good idea. Introducing new people to the website, and showing some of the greatest artpieces on the OGF world?

Feel free to comment!

Comment from kingfries on 30 December 2018 at 20:53

No... no it really wouldnt... trust me...

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Comment from iiEarth on 30 December 2018 at 22:05

Yes, it sounds excellent! Showing the wondrous world of the OGF and excellent mapping skills by man mappers will spread influence. Maybe you could have some guests sometimes?

Also, @theruler, can you send me the unofficial Discord for OGF again?

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Comment from zhenkang on 31 December 2018 at 00:56

No no no. We have seen such requests, and well we discourage such channels as they will create an influx of newbies who will only come to OGF for a brief time and left. What we want is to attarct the right people, not so youtube surfers who think OGF is a nice and pleasant game for immature people.

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Comment from The_Cute_Chick on 31 December 2018 at 11:02


Read this.


Hope this helps,


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Comment from Sarepava on 2 January 2019 at 15:10

Even if this was unlikely to create a problem with immature users, what would be the advantage? There is little that could be displayed in a video better than exists on the map and the wiki: we don't have anything real to film other than users talking about their nations. The only constructive use of video might be tutorials demonstrating how to map more complex features - however that's likely covered in more general OSM resources.

If you want to have a private YT channel to show your own work that's another matter, but there is a consensus amongst admins and long-time members that we are not going to create an official presence on external social media sites.

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Comment from Sarepava on 2 January 2019 at 15:16 fact I wonder if this ought to be added to the FAQ as we get so many 'hey, we should make an instagram/Youtube/Twitter/reddit/whatever else thing!' announcements. I know there is a Facebook page but that's a closed group for trusted users.

On a more general level, I also don't think 'we' should apologise for creating checks and barriers to entry to this project. The historical idea that everything on the internet should be completely free and open has sadly been shown to be hopelessly naive as invariably the nastier sides of human personality quickly exploit this. In the real world there are plenty of qualifications required to join a society or group, ranging from behaviour expectations to actual aptitudes in technique or knowledge . This is not snobbish or gatekeeping, it's essential for the success of the group.

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Comment from Luciano on 3 January 2019 at 04:37

@Sarepava +1

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Comment from zhenkang on 3 January 2019 at 04:48

I like the idea for a screening process of sorts. We should really add the qn on the FAQ.

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Comment from zhenkang on 3 January 2019 at 04:58

Luciano, just aksing here, do you think there is any possibility of Antigo Ardispherean ties?

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Comment from Trombonist2003 on 3 January 2019 at 16:42

Just a question, @Sarepava, but what exactly defines a "trusted user" as you say in your comment regarding the Facebook group?

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Comment from Sarepava on 4 January 2019 at 11:54

Users who have demonstrated that they contribute quality mapping and help, and don't behave like selfish kids. At least one user got banned for homophobic comments: that sort of thing only gets worse on mainstream social media.

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