[Mailman-Developers] multi-lingual mailing lists
Sun, 17 Sep 2000 20:42:42 -0400
Forgive me for taking a while to get to the point... I feel the need to
give some background. For the impatient, scroll down to the block labeled
On the Gnome development list, there's been some discussion, lately, about
allowing the non-English speaking world to communicate in their native
tongues on the list. There's probably some English chauvinism in my
attitude, but I don't like the idea of having people send messages in
non-English languages to an English list... It seems to me that the project
is global enough that if people start communicating in non-"standard"
languages, without necessarily providing a mechanism for allowing people
that don't speak the language to filter out those messages, the signal/noise
can get pretty bad. At the same time, I agree with the need for people to
be able to participate in a large community, without necessarily needing to
By having one-language mailing lists, a large percentage of the community
might be excluded from the discussion. Right now, almost all discussions
take place in English, and if a French list were to fork off, I suspect
that, even though a good chunk of Aussies, Brits, Americans, &c. probably
speak French, they would still just subscribe to the English list, and the
French list would be nigh useless.
I think it would be a good idea for mailing-list software to manage multiple
language support. The mechanism I'm imagining involves setting up a bunch
of '<listname>-<language>@<product>.org' submission addresses for the same
list. The list server would then use a per-user preference setting to
decide which members of the list want to receive mail in the message's
language. The message is then sent out using that <listname>, and the
Reply-To: header is set to <listname>-<language>@<product>.org. Maybe also
have an X-Language: header, automatically inserted by the list server. By
default, subscribe people to all languages.
Does this make sense? Or sound like a good idea? Please CC: me in all
replies, as I'm not a subscriber.