Re: Mailing List

From: Massimo Pilolli (
Date: Wed Jan 20 1999 - 18:33:26 CET

Karl-Heinz Zimmer wrote:
> > > On Jan 19, 1999 at 22:42:17 Andrea Manzini wrote:
> [...]
> > > Perhaps we better should keep in mind that the muLinux Homepage
> > > is located on an internet web server and accessible by people
> > > around the whole world who mostly don *not* speak italian... ;-)
> I simply was afraid things would end
> up so that we poor foreigners would have to write in italiano. It
> takes me at least tree times longer to read or write in your (nice!)
> language than to communicate in english (or in something, that
> pretends to be english).
> > From my point of view, I prefer to participate actively in italian
> > than lurking a mailing list in a foreign language... It's only my
> > opinion, of course!
> I do understand this very well. (And i hope that the wish to be
> generous against the foreigners will be stronger than the wish to have
> a most conveniant list.
> Karl-Heinz
> --
> Karl-Heinz Zimmer * Hamburg * Germany

I think this problem is very simple:
The question is NOT
     "Do you prefer to communicate in English or in Italian?"
     "Do you prefer to communicate with 6exp+09 people or 5exp+07 ?"

I suggest the following compromise:
 1- The Official Language should be English, in order to reach the
    great part of mankind (that part of mankind surfing the Net);
 2- Italian could be "tolerated" for people who can't communicate
    in any kind of English (some kind of synthetic translation,
    when possible, will be appreciated);
 3- TRUE English mother-tongues will forgive our mistakes.

Andrea, why should you lurk in an English ML? Perhaps aren't you
so sure about your English? Well, I AM sure that mine will sound
quite ridiculous to any English mother-tongue, but: let's have a look
to item "3" above.

On the other hand, continuing to use Italian will frustrate non-Italian
people, who will leave the list (probably "Parwinder Singh"
<> has left because of the language).


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