I’ve added a couple of short but interesting scripts to github. They fetch and sort posts from an OSM mailing list from some time in the past. For example, here are the topics on the talk list at the height of the licence change furore:
listtopics.sh talk 2012 May
35 OSM : It's a shame !!!
24 Edit review: ele=0
22 Worst of OSM
21 TomTom is thumping us
17 Import of buildings in Chicago
17 Edit review: intermittent waters
16 OSM cycle map - ?excessive focus on long-distance routes
15 Edit review: "building"="levels=N"
14 Cycleways and Access tags: Left, Right, Forward, Backward?
10 Cycle lanes & cycle tracks - my findings and a proposal
7 Changing capitalization (Lima)
6 OWL down
6 OSM data density - top regions
6 Old versions of OSM?
6 Copy-and-paste remapping
5 TTTracklog and TomTom core 9.4
4 OSMCoastline / OpenStreetMapData.com
4 Mapnik rendering issue with *_link roads
4 (dis)Honesty and Copyright
and here’s the tagging list today:
listtopics.sh tagging 2020 May
106 Reviving the path discussion - the increasing importance of trails in OSM
75 Tag:amenity=motorcycle_taxi not approved
58 Remove non-prefixed versions of 'contact:' scheme
49 RFC ele:regional
42 relations & paths
35 Doorzone bicycle lanes
34 Permanent ID/URI --- off topic email
30 Feature Proposal - RFC - Recreational route relation roles
26 Change of wiki page Key:access
25 Adding values healthcare=dispensary and healthcare=community_care?
24 track vs footway, cycleway, bridleway or path
23 Is there any tagging scheme for carillons already?
15 Meaning of "administrative" in boundary=administrative, in your country?
14 With leisure=common deprecated, Senegal & Mali need a replacement
14 [OSM-talk] Should we map things that do not exist?
14 oneway=yes on motorways
11 Section numbers in hiking routes
11 Running but no hiking/walking
9 Quality and the Openstreetmap value chain
8 Fwd: Section numbers in hiking routes
looking at the names, some of these from 2007 are still familiar:
listpeople.sh talk 2007 May
79 Frederik Ramm
59 David Earl
46 Nick Whitelegg
33 Richard Fairhurst
31 Christoph Eckert
27 Jon Burgess
26 Andy Robinson
25 Martijn van Oosterhout
21 Lester Caine
18 Robert (Jamie) Munro
17 Nick Black
16 Joerg Ostertag (OSM Munich/Germany)
15 Steve Chilton
14 Francisco R. Santos
14 David Groom
14 Barnett, Phillip
13 Hakan Tandogan
12 Robert T Wyatt
12 Matthias Julius