Two policy propositions for the country list

George Staikos staikos at
Tue May 18 19:55:57 BST 2004

On May 18, 2004 14:32, Dominique Devriese wrote:
> Charles de Miramon writes:
> > We believe that is the responsability of the German, British,
> > Macedonian, Chinese, Taiwanese KDE fellows to decide how they want
> > their country to be named in English and in their own tongue, which
> > flag to use, etc. In case of a conflict, it is the duty of the local
> > i 18n team responsible to find a consensus on that matter.
> Ah, so this is the current policy.  Why oh why did noone bother to
> state this any sooner, even when explicitly asked ?

   Well, it's basically not avoiding any problems.  It's clearly doing a great 
job considering how much controversy it creates, how much developer-time it 
has wasted, and how we still have non-existing countries listed in the KCM.  
As long as we make decisions about the content, the problems will not go 
away.  If we become a policy-taker instead of a policy-maker, we can tell 
those who complain to deal with the policy-maker.  However, if we are a 
policy-maker, we will always be offending someone and always have these 

   If we were already a policy-taker instead of trying to impose our personal 
feelings on our users, we could have had this long thread about how to 
[finish?] implement[ing] a KDE answer to XAML, for instance.  I guess playing 
unelected politician is more fun.

George Staikos
KDE Developer
Staikos Computing Services Inc.

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