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

Andrea Aime andrea.aime at geo-solutions.it
Sun Mar 29 12:59:46 PDT 2015

On Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 9:40 PM, Cameron Shorter <cameron.shorter at gmail.com>

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

I believe it's still a good idea.

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

I'd suggest, just a reminder that the level of written English can vary a
lot, ranging from cases where the lack of fluency is
evident, to cases where the sentence seems just too direct/rude, so
generally speaking, it's a good idea to try and be patient
and understanding.

Sometimes I wish there was a guide of typical expectations/orientations
varying culture by culture, to try
and understand better where people are coming from and put what they say in
context (this example
 might be wrong or just a silly generalizations, but just to give you an
idea, I've heard
Japanese normally won't say no in a conversation, you have to figure it
out, and other cultures surely
have their "surprising" traits as well).


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