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Re: Being excellent to one another

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Being excellent to one another
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:21:06 +0100
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<address@hidden> skribis:

> On Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:43:20 +0100
> address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) wrote:
>> Besides, while I appreciate it when native English speakers provide
>> corrections and guidance, I think we as a project must tolerate
>> English mistakes in our communication.  The reason for this is very
>> simple: most contributors are not native English speakers.  English
>> is our communication medium; it shouldn’t be a hindrance to the
>> inclusion of contributors who do not master it.
> Are there any guidelines as to what parts of English one should avoid
> using in documentation? If most (as you put it) contributors aren't
> native English speakers, doesn't that mean we should attempt to use a
> simpler vocabulary so users and contributors can read and understand
> things easier?

I was referring mostly to informal communications among contributors.
For the manual, I think it makes sense to stick to “correct English”.
Ideally, we’d have translations of the manual, but we’re not there yet.


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