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

Jachym Cepicky jachym.cepicky at gmail.com
Mon Mar 30 23:33:10 PDT 2015


My experience within OSGeo was positive so far. At FOSS4G, sometimes people
forget, that half of the crowd speaks English only occasionally, which can
lead to misunderstandings.

Anyway: I would like to point out, that it is not only matter of writing,
but also talking (at foss4gs, sprints, ...) In public but also in private,
what can be even harder than writing (you can not take your time to figure
out the best way how to express, what you need).

And yes, having something like that in CoC would be nice.


On Sun, Mar 29, 2015, 22:00 Andrea Aime <andrea.aime at geo-solutions.it>

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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