English only, please (was: Pooomooocyyyy ;()

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at clunix.cl.msu.edu
Sun Jan 15 17:21:36 PST 2006

> On Sunday, 15 January 2006 at 16:49:27 -0600, Don Hinton wrote:
> > Hi Greg:
> >
> > On Sunday 15 January 2006 16:28, Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:
> >> On Saturday, 14 January 2006 at 20:02:02 +0100, Karol Kwiatkowski wrote:
> >>> vocativus wrote:
> >>>> Witam!
> >>>
> >>> [...]
> >>> 	http://www.bsdguru.org/dyskusja/
> >>
> >> As I said a couple of days ago, this is an English language list.  In
> >> a case like this, it would be appropriate to *not* copy the list on
> >> the reply, despite the policy to the contrary.
> >
> > Where exactly does it say that this is an "english only" list?
> I suppose you have a point.  It's implicit; it should be spelt out.
> At http://www.freebsd.org/community/mailinglists.html you have a
> choice of "Mailing Lists" or "Non-English Mailing Lists".  -questions
> is under the former link; the Polish mailing lists are under the
> latter.  At
> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/articles/freebsd-questions/
> there's a reference to an inability to speak English.  But we should
> really do something about writing a charter that makes it clear.
> Anybody feel like having a go?

I don't really mind someone posting a question in another language as
long as they realize that most of us will not be able to respond to it.
Often enough, I think, there are others out there who can handle that
language and they can respond.  Hopefully they will not turn it is to
a long running exchange on list in some other language.  

Now, if someone posts a question in something besides English and then
begins to rant and flame people for not responding, then it is not
acceptable.   But, just starting a question here in another language
is not so onerous.


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