[OSGeo-Discuss] Discussion on statement : avoiding slang. Was: Drafting a Diversity statement for the foundation (call for input)

Massimiliano Cannata massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch
Sun Mar 29 02:05:49 PDT 2015

Hi all, Madi,
The only issue with multilingual community to consider is that sometime non
native language may express not perfectly and their words could be
misunderstood.  So I would suggest to include to native to be patient and
open versus non native language...
My 0.5 cent ;-)

Il giorno dom 29 mar 2015 09:53 AM Margherita Di Leo <diregola at gmail.com>
ha scritto:

> Dear Cameron, All,
> thank you for your work on the diversity statement, I appreciate this
> initiative of OSGeo.
> I'm opening this thread to discuss one aspect of the statement, which is
> language diversity.
> The draft of the code of conduct currently reads:
> "We have a multi-lingual community and are considerate toward non-native
> speakers, such as by speaking clearly and avoiding slang."
> I acknowledge the good intention behind this sentence, but as a non native
> English speaker I don't feel comfortable with it.
> I have some experience in living and working in a multi-language
> environment, and one of the most enriching experience is to learn from my
> peers about their languages and ways of expressing.
> Personally, I don't feel as a barrier that a person uses expressions /
> idioms / slang in their email, on the contrary, I would learn that. I
> believe that the main goal of people writing in a public forum is to be
> understood by the widest public, thus everyone, according to their command
> of the language, will try to express themselves as best they can. On the
> other hand, putting as a requirement that the English should be clear,
> would forbid the expression of the people that are aware of their non
> excellence in the language.
> My 2 cents,
> madi
> --
> Best regards,
> Dr. Margherita DI LEO
> Scientific / technical project officer
> European Commission - DG JRC
> Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES)
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> margherita.di-leo at jrc.ec.europa.eu
> Disclaimer: The views expressed are purely those of the writer and may not
> in any circumstance be regarded as stating an official position of the
> European Commission.
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