Proposal: new mailing list wine-gov@winehq.org

Dan Kegel dank at kegel.com
Mon Feb 23 23:16:46 CST 2004


Boaz Harrosh wrote:
> Dan Kegel wrote:
> 
>> IMHO the list should allow posts in any language;
>> if nobody can handle the language a post is in, we'll
>> ask the poster to try again in English.
>> The goal here is to avoid intimidating
>> these possibly skittish users; asking them to *always* post
>> in English might scare some of them away.
> 
> Could the mailing list robot add a little URL at the bottom of the page 
> that directs the mail to a google translator.
> I'm not sure how it is done.
> I know from experience that in technical matters google translators does 
> an OK Job, Good enough to understand.

The archive could.  I don't know of any mailing list software
that can add a URL to the archived version of the message, but
it ought to be possible.  Probably we don't want to wait for
this, though, to set up the mailing list.

Enrico Weigelt (weigelt_at_metux.de) wrote:
>> Dedicating a mailing list to this special category of user would greatly 
>> increase the signal-to-noise ratio, and should increase the likelihood 
>> that government users would feel comfortable about Wine.
> ACK.
> 
> BTW: if for some reason (I cant image any good one) the winehq folks
> dont want such an list @winehq, i'd offer to host it at my site.

I could probably host it at kegel.com, actually, but my preference would
be to host it at winehq.

>> IMHO the list should allow posts in any language;
>> if nobody can handle the language a post is in, we'll
>> ask the poster to try again in English.
>> The goal here is to avoid intimidating
>> these possibly skittish users; asking them to *always* post
>> in English might scare some of them away.
> 
> hmm, shouldn't we better split off into several languages, at least 
> german and english ?

I thought of that, but I'd like to try having just one list for
starters, then split off -fr and -de lists as the number of
french and german posts grows large enough.  I really hate
it when organizations create too-finely-divided mailing lists
that never achieve critical mass, and I suspect there are
enough bilingual people among the target audience
(European system administrators) to make mixing languages
on the mailing list work out.

We don't really have a procedure for starting new mailing lists.
Should we have a vote (a la the old Usenet group creation rules)?
- Dan

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