[Digikam-users] Language

photonoxx at free.fr photonoxx at free.fr
Thu Apr 8 14:38:43 BST 2010

I understand the both point of view, but, as the english is more spoke around the world than the french, nobody can think english is actually spoke or understand (well or just a bit) by everybody.

In that way, in the spirit of open source to get access to the knowledge for anybody (or the most of people and not only the english speaker), I don't think that formalize this kind of thing is really usefull.

On the other hand, I think it would be better, for people who don't speak enough english, to specify it (in english, of course ;-) ) in the beginning of their messages. And I don't think it would be necessary to answer on the mailing list in the original language, but, perhaps, for those who want, answer to the personal email of the sender and why not the same response in english on the mailing list...?

I don't think my english is very good, and someday, reading in english is not an easy task, but personally I try to use english. But sometimes, some peoples answer to some questions I post here in french on my private mail, and this is also usefull when some thing are not so easy to understand in a foreign language !

----- Mail d'origine -----
De: Gilles Caulier <caulier.gilles at gmail.com>
À: digiKam - Home Manage your photographs as a professional with the power of open source <digikam-users at kde.org>
Envoyé: Thu, 8 Apr 2010 12:05:27 +0200 (CEST)
Objet: Re: [Digikam-users] Language

As i'm French, i understand all words posted in this Mailing list.

But i don't respond to this question in French : the mailing list is
in English as well. Why ? to share responses to a lots of users. This
is the open source goal. To be comprehensive to a lots of users. That

French language is not universal, especially in open source and
internet world : it's English. A lots of French peoples forget this

Just my 10cts€ (:=)))

Gilles Caulier

2010/4/8 Marc Deop i Argemí <damnshock at gmail.com>:
> On Thursday April 8 2010 01:30:07 Bran Everseeking wrote:
>> one of the best groups i ever belonged to had no language
>> restrictions.  I did not see anything limiting me to english when I
>> signed on.
> There is no such limitation and probably never will be.
> However, I don't find polite talking in a language many people will not
> understand in a place where discussion takes place. It is not only about
> getting help, it's about most of us to understand each other.  And I say that
> coming from a country where I have trouble speaking *my* language and where my
> family has suffered death, torture and prossecution for talking in catalan.
> (luckily that does not happen any more)
> Although that does not change the fact that English is the "de facto" language
> in the open source world and therefore the most commong language in mailing
> lists such a this one. For that reason, I find logical to try to write in
> english for the good of all of us and not only the ones that understand the
> other languages you or whoever migh write on.
> Finally, this is just my opinion although I've seen this kind of "nettique" in
> many many mailing listis. I know there is no rule about the language, I just
> find the right thing to do to write in English (as I find the right thing do to
> let people get out from rooms before I try to get in even though there is
> nowhere a rule for that...).
> Trying to be constructive,
> Marc
> --
> A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
> Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
> A: Top-posting.
> Q: What is the most annoying thing in e-mail?
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