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From Geoff Howard <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Creation of a french-speaking users list
Date Wed, 12 Jan 2005 19:31:45 GMT
+1 on the French list.  

FWIW, I think the argument below fails to take into consideration the
increase in signal to noise ratio mentioned in Sylvain's original
rationale.  If there are suddenly 5 languages mixed on the lists, most
people are going to find between 50-80% (assuming the average person
worldwide is comfortable in 1-3 languages) meaningless or at least not
worth the trouble.  That combined with the high volume will tend to
make people tune out IMO.


On Wed, 12 Jan 2005 18:43:11 +0100, Nathaniel Alfred
<> wrote:
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Ralph Goers []
> >Sent: Mittwoch, 12. Januar 2005 17:30
> >To:
> >Subject: Re: [VOTE] Creation of a french-speaking users list
> >As far as the list goes, I'm generally OK with it but it makes me
> wonder
> >what happens when someone wants a list in German, Italian, Spanish,
> >Klingon, or whatever.  It would be a lot nicer if there was one list
> and
> >when you subscribed and specified you spoke French it translated it for
> >you (and back on replies as well).  Sigh - well, I can dream.
> >Ralph
> I had a similar reaction.  There are more people out there who can
> follow
> written English but don't dare to write questions in English.  I also
> remember occasions where people were told off for posting non-English
> on Cocoon mailing lists.
> I'd rather propose to make it public policy on the user list that one
> may
> post a question in any language.  If the language is not English, the
> poster
> accepts that either
>  a) the answer may be in the same language, or
>  b) the answer may be in English, or
>  c) there may be no answer
> Cheers, Alfred (reading English/French/German/Spanish but answering only
> in English)

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