Gestern erhielt ich die Nachricht, dass ein Freund von mir gestorben ist. Wir waren beide auf OSM aktiv, auch in der Wikipedia. Dort ist das Verfahren geregelt, was zu tun ist (Konto wird gesperrt, evtl. Eintrag auf Gedenkseite). Wie ist das Vorgehen auf OSM?

Yesterday I got the message, that a friend of mine has died. We both were users on openstreetmap.org, also on de.wikipedia.org. In Wikipedia I found an instruction what to do in this case (account is closed, possibly post on the page "Deceased Wikipedians"). What's to do on OSM?

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How very sad. My commiserations.

I am not sure that OSM has a fully described procedure. In a couple of cases where I have known the deceased contributor this has been handled by close family members or friends. I can put you in touch with some of these people if you contact me off this forum (see my OSM Wiki page).

I think the key things are:

  • Inform someone in the sysadmin team.
  • If you have access to Wiki & OSM accounts, add a short notice advising people not to try & contact the user.
  • Post notices to relevant mailing lists &/or forum, but only if an active contributor.
  • Possibly create a automated reply for messages emanating from OSM-based systems to handle the likely case that people don't read profiles.
  • If possible, change email accounts for the wiki & OSM.

Sysadmins may desire more additional information: it is not unknown for online identities to be compromised through people claiming third-parties have died.

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