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

Gert-Jan van der Weijden - Stichting OSGeo.nl gert-jan at osgeo.nl
Sun Mar 29 13:08:02 PDT 2015

Yes, we are a multilingual community. 
At this moment, English is our common language for wordlwide communication,
but at some moment in time, this might change to Chinese/Mandarin, or to
Arabic perhaps?). 
In order to keep the community as accessible as possible, the use of Simple
English is encouraged. The use of (for example) sayings and proverbs, and
abbreviations should be minimized.



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[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] Namens Cameron Shorter
Verzonden: zondag 29 maart 2015 21:40
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Onderwerp: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Discussion on statement : avoiding slang.
Was: Drafting a Diversity statement for the foundation (call for input)

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.
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