[Foundation-l] Cultural awareness and sensitivity

Mariano Cecowski marianocecowski at yahoo.com.ar
Tue Jun 8 11:59:01 UTC 2010

--- El mar 8-jun-10, Delphine Ménard <notafishz at gmail.com> escribió:
> The problem I see here, is that Mariano's reaction, while
> probably understandable, failed, in my opinion, to tackle the real
> problem Michael was (at least the way I understood it) trying to
> point out ie. "we at Wikimedia often lack cultural awareness skills
> and that is maybe why we're having this whole long, at times 
> aggressive discussion about interlanguage links". 

Delphine, if that was Michael's message, yes, I completely failed to interpret it that way.

My answer, which might have been an over-reaction, was such in part because I though Michel irrelevantly brought up a historical/ethnic issue were there was none, but mainly because he moved away from the topic we were discussing with an extensive mail, leaving behind what I thought was important. 

What's more, even if we take the historical context, comparing the usability with a minority wrongfully persecuted by a mob was in a way what I intended; I don't see why would feel anyone offended.

As a matter of fact, and unless there is another issue I've managed to overlook, if we are here discussing whether "lynching" in the English language must be immediately interpreted in relation with the events in the USA that are the roots of the word, or a wider concept of mob violence[1] that has since then acquired, I don't see the point on this thread any more.

In short: there are complains to the current Theme, and they should not be ignored, but the current implementation demanded a lot of work, for what we need to follow procedures in order to further improve the interface we have now in an ordered way.


[1] http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/lynching


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