[HOT] Launching the hot mailing list in French

Harry Wood mail at harrywood.co.uk
Fri Jul 11 16:00:05 UTC 2014

Thanks for bringing this back on topic Mark.

Given that the HOT mailing list has been the primary communication channel for HOTties (volunteers/members/whoever)  it's a fairly big change introduce a language split like this.

So the new mailing list is here:

Does help or hinder us?

Raphael said it seems like a "natural" move, and I guess that's why sev just went ahead and did it. I don't really want to heap criticism on Sev for doing that. And I don't think Heather wanted to do either. She was merely saying we (all of us) should've had a discussion

I worry that we seem to be developing some deep divides in our community between english and french speakers. So yeah it's a tricky one. Obviously if you speak french and not english... it's  natural to want a french mailing list to post to.

I'm kind of 50/50 on it really. "Swings and roundabouts" to use an awkward english phrase :-)


From: Mark Cupitt <markcupitt at gmail.com>
To: Severin Menard <severin.menard at gmail.com> 
Cc: "hot at openstreetmap.org" <hot at openstreetmap.org> 
Sent: Friday, 11 July 2014, 16:27
Subject: Re: [HOT] Launching the hot mailing list in French

Hey All, I live in an environment where there are German, Swiss, French, Aussie, Us, Britts, Belgian, US speakers  (to name a few). 

One of the simple things I have learnt is that to communicate, someone has to translate. And that is no simple task ..   I speak Aussie .and I am lucky that folks take the time to explain what is being said.

So, I am all for multi-lingual lists, however, how do the points that are made on each list get communicated to the other lists?

Its all well and dandy to have them, but at the end of the day, we need to share the information...

How do we do that across different lists in different languages ..



Mark Cupitt

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