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

Romain d'Alverny rdalverny at gmail.com
Mon Oct 4 12:35:46 CEST 2010

Let's see other projects:

 * http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Communicate#International has no
strict scheme (although it looks like a 2-letters ISO for language
 * https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IRC/ChannelNaming has a strict one (2
letters ISO for country ONLY - no language-based channel)
 * http://irc.mozilla.org/ has no strict scheme
 * http://wiki.debian.org/IRC has no strict scheme
 * others?

What matters more anyway is the index we provide to route people to
their preferred channel.

So, I would suggest this for #mageia-{suffix}:
 0. 2-letters ISO code for _language_ (as we do today, already);
 1. 2-letters code _may_ be used for location/country coding;
 2. in case of conflict between rules 0 and 1, ask IRC management team
- and rule 0 is most likely to  apply anyway;
 3. so full location/country name is encouraged for location coding;

In this case, #mageia-uk would go for Ukrainian language and
#mageia-unitedkingdom for the United Kingdom; given the context, both
would encouraged to put a welcome message on their channel in the
coming days to help people re-route themselves in case needed.

That would also mean, for instance, that #mageia-br would go for
Breton - Celtic language, not for Brasil that would need
#mageia-brasil instead.

That drives me to pre-announce that we will have some sort of a "IRC
Council" of admins/moderators/mediators of IRC channels, to
collaborate with Forum and Mailing-lists peers to manage
technical/conflict/discussion topics/issues and escalates to the
community council in case of need (more on the whole organisation



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