mailing list lingua franca was Re: [Scribus] plug - ins....

Marvin Dickens marvindickens
Mon Apr 11 19:35:55 CEST 2005

On Monday 11 April 2005 10:53 am, PLinnell wrote:
> On Monday 11 April 2005 16:04, Carol Kankelborg wrote:
> > Thomas R. Koll wrote:
> > > Hi Normann,
> > >
> > > Though maybe 10% onlist will understand your German, please use
> > > English instead of German.
> >
> > No one has responded to this, so I feel I must. Is this a change in
> > policy on the list?
> >
> > In my few years subscribed to this list I have
> > seen numerous posts in German and other non-english languages
> > and have never seen a complaint about them. They are ignored
> > by those who don't speak the language and answered by those
> > who do. So I was surprised to see this reply.
> No, there is no set policy, though it *is* preferable to send in
> English.
> The best is even English *and* another language if you are not a
> native English speaker and its imperfect or you have difficulty.
> Also, Franz, the original developer is indeed German and a decent
> portion of our user base are German speakers. We've had all German
> threads and i guess we'll have them again in the future.
> Our team can speak or read the following:
> Czech
> English
> French
> German
> Swedish
> Luxembourgish
> Polish
> Slovak
> Swedish
> No, I do not want the list to become a tower of babel, but helping
> folks and getting them sorted is rule # 1 IMO.
> The same goes for #scribus on IRC. Its mainly English, but French,
> German, Italian and even Russian can be seen.
> The international flavor of Scribus is one of the things I as an
> anglophone really like.. I guess our mindset is inclusive - a Good
> Thing TM IMO.
> Peter

I must say that I agree with Peter - In essence, this is a practical matter. 
Otherwise, as Peter pointed out, this list and the resulting archives become 
Babylon.  As a side note, I'm not opposed to other languages - I can get by 
in French and/or Spanish.


Marvin Dickens

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