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From Paulo de Souza Lima <>
Subject Re: Dealing with a large and diverse project - Native Languages and project teams
Date Mon, 21 May 2012 11:12:09 GMT
2012/5/20 Dennis E. Hamilton <>

> Paulo,
> Rob also clarified what I mean by people speaking for themselves
> when he said this earlier:
>    "For example, I have given such presentations before.
>      I just say that I am, "Rob Weir, a Committer on the
>     Apache OpenOffice project".  I think several of us
>     have done this as well.
>     If someone is not a Committer yet, they could identify
>     themselves a "Contributor" or "Developer" or "Translator"
>     or "Volunteer" or something like that.
>      Taking about the project is fine.  Calling for new volunteers
>     is good as well."
> It is important that no one appear to be speaking as an
> official representative of the ASF or of the Apache OpenOffice
> project.
Yes, I agree.


> As you see, many such statements are "future looking".   None of us
> can say whether they will be true or not.  And none of us should
> obligate the project to deliver a particular feature.
> But you can say, for example, something like: "From what I have read
> on the mailing list, it looks like we have volunteers interested in
> contributing Norwegian and Hebrew translations for the next release",
> or "Current discussions point to a 3.4.1 maintenance release in a
> couple of months" or "IMHO, I prefer AOO over Project Foo because X, Y
> and Z".
> "Speaking for yourself" means that when you are stating an opinion,

that you "own" the opinion and say that it is yours.

I understand it too.

> -Rob
> [ ... ]


Paulo de Souza Lima
Curitiba - PR
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