From: Dom Lachowicz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Oct 14 2003 - 17:35:51 EDT
> Because he KNOWS most users of this list are
> speakers of English, he requested
> that somebody with better English than his translate
> his note into English.
> Nothing wrong with that, I think. As you see, he is
> way ahead of you.
So why didn't you translate it and resend it to the
> In any case, unless the developer of the program
> chooses to limit its
> distribution to English-speaking countries, it
> doesn't seem fair to prevent its
> non-English-speaking users from asking for help,
> giving it, or making comments.
> Those who can't read such messages will have lost
> nothing if they just skip
This attitude is at once both beneficial and
detrimental to the project. It's quite likely that for
any given problem, its scope won't be limited to those
people who speak a single given language (for example,
We welcome people to discuss their problems about
AbiWord in all convenient languages. However, as those
with the know-how to solve these problems (like Hub
and myself) will likely not know the questioner's
language. As such, an intermediate and common
language, such as English, is necessary in order to
get help from those with the knowledge to those with
the problems. Understand that there is an appropriate
time and place for everything. AbiWord-user is not
necessarily the proper place for questions in Spanish.
In doing so, we've made a policy that the AbiWord
lists should be English-only. At worst, non-English
emails should be prefixed with something like "I don't
speak English well. Can anyone translate this and help
me? Thanks." In the future, please keep this in mind.
Oh, and berating the project's developers just because
they don't know Spanish isn't necessarily the best way
to get assistance. Just FYI.
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