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

Maria Antonia Brovelli maria.brovelli at polimi.it
Mon Mar 30 23:40:19 PDT 2015

Yes, I agree. Diversity also refers to language. We have to start reason on that as a richness and not as a barrier. I like to have this item in the CoC.




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Inviato: martedì 31 marzo 2015 08.33
A: Andrea Aime; Cameron Shorter
Cc: OSGeo Discussions
Oggetto: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Discussion on statement : avoiding slang. Was: Drafting a Diversity statement for the foundation (call for input)


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<mailto:andrea.aime at geo-solutions.it>> wrote:

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

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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