[Foundation-l] elections

Guillaume Paumier guillom.pom at gmail.com
Sun Apr 8 12:59:00 UTC 2007

On 4/8/07, Anthony <wikilegal at inbox.org> wrote:
> On 4/7/07, Mark Williamson <node.ue at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Longe statements written in Englishe are bad even if you do not
> > considere translacioun.
> >
> > You always run the risk of tl;dr. While obviously some voters are
> > going to be all enthusiastic and willing to read anything you write, I
> > think the majority is going to have the type of mentality where they
> > do respond to long statements with a hearty "tl;dr".
> >
> That's why you should write in a way that starts out general and then
> gets more specific.  Short attention spanners can read the first
> paragraph; most people can read the first two or three; and then those
> with too much time on their hands can read everything.  Or even a
> single person might read one paragraph for one candidate (and get
> turned off by it) and several paragraphs for another candidate (who
> eventually gets eir vote).
> One size fits all doesn't seem at all appropriate here.  Translators
> obviously have to draw the line at how much their willing to
> translate, and a simple rule (we'll only translate the *first* 150
> words) seems fair to all.  But telling people to just shut up
> altogether after such a short statement doesn't make any sense.  IMO.

This is precisely why the subpage proposal is better: it avoids both
displaying untranslated pieces of statements and discouraging voters from
reading them.

Guillaume Paumier
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have
imagined." Henry David Thoreau

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