[Mailman-Users] English (USA)

Timothy Jasionowski timothy.d at jasionow.ski
Tue Jul 9 08:40:36 EDT 2019

I don’t really have a dog in this fight, but can we acknowledge that this version of Mailman is effectively on life support for a variety of reasons, that the limited developer support on it has been focused primarily on fixing critical bugs out of kindness rather than implementing any new features, and focus any internationalization efforts where they belong: in the actively developed Mailman 3?


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> On Jul 8, 2019, at 15:52, Norbert Bollow <nb at bollow.ch> wrote:
> On Mon, 8 Jul 2019 21:06:52 +0200
> Christian F Buser via Mailman-Users <mailman-users at python.org> wrote:
>> And there are other expressions which are completely different in UK
>> English and US English - see
>> <https://www.indy100.com/article/25-english-words-that-mean-very-different-things-in-britain-and-america--b1tcKsqybb>.
>> There are probably many more. 
>> So if you want to "unify" those two, which variant to choose? Or
>> better blend them into one - changing the spelling from one occurence
>> to the other? 
> I'd be very surprised if *in Mailman's UI* there are any real causes
> for confusion due to the differences between different variants of
> English.
> I'm running some international mailing lists. On these lists, English
> is not used because it's a language used in the USA, or in any other
> particular country, but because it is generally the best choice of
> language for communicating internationally.
> On some of those lists, it is really strongly desirable to actively
> encourage the list's participants to see themselves as an international
> community, in particular as a community where US centric perspectives
> are not privileged over other perspectives.
> In such contexts, the reference to the English language in Mailman's
> Web UI as "English (USA)" is very irritating.
> I have sometimes modified Mailman to make it simply display "English"
> instead of "English (USA)". But I haven't ever gotten around to
> cleaning this up into a real patch as suggested by the OP.
> I would welcome such a patch.
> Greetings,
> Norbert
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