[Mageia-discuss] IRC community channels - need a ruling from the board

Christopher Swift christopher.swift at linux.com
Tue Oct 5 03:14:47 CEST 2010

Ar Maw, 2010-10-05 am 03:06 +0200, ysgrifennodd Olav Dahlum:
> I think we'll just lay this debate dead now as most people in this
> thread can't differ between language codes and country codes. If you
> want community channels for your respective countries, use the country
> codes. If you want to have a language oriented channel, use the language
> codes. And excuses like "Fedora and Ubuntu have it" is not valid. It's
> nor mine or Mageia's problem that they lack the knowledge about
> standards. People who nags here now should have chosen their channel
> names a bit more carefully and checked the facts before they even
> registered them.
> Olav Dahlum
> Sorry for the typo above, I meant "some", not "most".

Following on from Olav:
A great aspect of community is that it can adapted and varied to
whatever needs you want.  It is perfectly possible to use Country Codes,
Language Codes and Regional Codes in unison with each other.  Since the
English language is the current lingua-franca of technology (why else is
this list in English) there isn't much of a requirement for there to be
an English language community for Mageia as the de-facto language in
most instances unless in a localised channel will be English by default.
The same cannot be said for the Ukrainian language however to my
understanding it is only a majority language in the Ukraine itself and
as such there is no need for an international language-based channel
dedicated to the Ukrainian language but rather a localised channel for
the Ukraine's country where Ukraine is the default language.  In this
instance since we have gone over this time and time again, the -ua
suffix is recognised as the country code for the Ukraine.  So for those
two channels in question, one for the Ukraine and one for the United
Kingdom, -ua and -uk are deemed to be the most appropriate.

There isn't much more to add to this.  Because both groups will not be
focused on languages but rather locality the country code seems the best
option.  I think it's best to leave the established -uk channel as it is
and to leave the Ukraine team to choose the standard -ua as established
across Freenode or to pick another name.

Cofion Gorau,
Christopher Swift
Christopher Swift <christopher.swift at linux.com>

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