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

Dirk Frigne dirk.frigne at geosparc.com
Sun Mar 29 02:58:03 PDT 2015

Just my 2c for a first statement (in non native English):

People taking the effort to communicate something to our community want
to contribute in the first place. They don't have always the skills to
express themselves fluently in English, what makes it difficult for
them. Native English speakers should try to help them express their
contribution better. Non native speakers should be encouraged to start
expressing themselves in a non native language.
By showing respect and help each other, a community can/will grow.


On 29-03-15 11:39, Margherita Di Leo wrote:
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> Il 29/mar/2015 11:23 "Andrea Aime" <andrea.aime at geo-solutions.it
> <mailto:andrea.aime at geo-solutions.it>> ha scritto:
>> On Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 11:05 AM, Massimiliano Cannata
> <massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch <mailto:massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch>>
> wrote:
>>> 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...
>> Indeed... especially since the simplest first forms of expression one
> learns are the most direct ones, so most sentences end up sounding like
> orders/direct complaints, lacking the nuances that would make them sound
> more polite
> Indeed actually i had added a similar statement in the first draft of
> the document but there is no track left of it.
>> Cheers
>> Andrea
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ir. Dirk Frigne

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