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

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Sun Mar 29 12:40:16 PDT 2015

Thanks all for the feedback.
So my question is:
1. Should our Code of Conduct/Diversity statement mention that we have a 
multilingual community?

2. What should we recommend that all, and especially native speakers do 
to make our community welcoming to non-native speakers?

On 29/03/2015 8:58 pm, Dirk Frigne wrote:
> 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.
> D.
> On 29-03-15 11:39, Margherita Di Leo wrote:
>> sent from Android
>> 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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