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Re: Bug reports in English only? (Re: OT: spam in this newsgroup)

From: Karl Eichwalder
Subject: Re: Bug reports in English only? (Re: OT: spam in this newsgroup)
Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 20:22:58 +0200
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address@hidden (Miles Bader) writes:

> So in a general sense, it's still a better bet for someone to use
> terribly broken english than some other language, and the message shown
> has to emphasize that;

I can't tell you numbers but my feeling is many a lot users will stay
away from sending reports because of the language issue.  You may say,
there are already enough reports.

> I'm a bit worried that anything less strong that the current message
> would result in people thinking `well, _maybe_ someone understands
> language Foo, and my english isn't very good, so...'

Probably.  Okay, I don't want to insist.

> [Note that if someone's english _isn't_ understandable, then it's
> often easy to see where they sent their message from, and for a speaker
> of that country's language to ask for a clarification, if they happen
> to be reading the list -- and if there is no such speaker reading, well,
> the reporter isn't any worse off!]

Why can't you say this instead of the current message?  Whenever I've
got to file a report I feel offended a little bit by the current wording
(okay, it's better than it was on 20.x).  Reading the message again
just now I think it can stay as is; obviously it's me who must change
his mind ;-)

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