[Foundation-l] How to dismantle a language committee

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Sun Jan 11 17:50:38 UTC 2009

This is not that strange. The time span for discussion is brief. Discussion
is relevant until the moment when it is decided that a language is eligible.
When a language is eligible, the people who work on a proposal have to
fulfill the rest of the requirements but do so in the understanding that
their work will not be in vain. Most of the discussions about EA were from
the time when the proposal had already been given the eligible status.

Most of the arguments used are the same arguments seen in other requests.
People often feel really strongly about "their" language. The results are
often quite ugly; for one language the choice of the official orthography
makes you a Stalinist. The choice of an "official" orthography splits
languages along the lines of borders.  People writing their mother tongue
are called dumb.

2009/1/11 Muhammad Alsebaey <shipmaster at gmail.com>

> > So, there are two conclusions: (1) I may imagine the process which had
> > happened in relation to EA approval: no one made any serious objection
> > and it passed. (2) There are two LangCom members introduced better in
> > the linguistic issues, so the expertise level is raised and I think
> > that it will be raised more in the future.
> >
> >
> I find it hard to believe that the tons and tons of discussion on EA's
> proposal page didnt generate any comments from the committee except a brief
> conversation between Gerard and one member. That may mean that they were
> disengaged at the  time or have not been given enough time to consider
> before the actual approval occured. Either way it points out a fault in the
> policy because both of which are practically undetectable in the current
> process. It is strange that we require a minimum number of people to
> participate in most of our actions (like admin elections for example) but
> approving a new wiki will occur with only a request and one reply.
> --
> Best Regards,
> Muhammad Alsebaey
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