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

Michael Scherer misc at zarb.org
Mon Oct 4 12:49:45 CEST 2010

Le dimanche 03 octobre 2010 à 21:12 +0200, Patricia Fraser a écrit :
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> Hi all,
> We've been (a few of us) hanging out in #mageia-uk, and the name of the
> channel has annoyed some folks from the Ukraine, who wanted that name.
> So, we have a nother (unofficial) channel now, called #mageia-gb.
> However, when we looked at the ISO country codes, we discover that
> Ukraine would actually be UA, and SE is Sweden, not the Sammi language,
> as some thought.
> SO, what we need to know is: are we going by geography (two-letter
> country codes as per the ISO list here:
> http://www.iso.org/iso/english_country_names_and_code_elements). or by
> language (such as en-gb)?
> If we could nail this down right away, it would save much grief later.

My own opinion is that :
1) a ruling would be too much dictatorial and bureaucratic
2) we should hear both group in case of trouble
3) we should also try to model this based on irc user expectations

So, instead of trying to generalize naming, and trying to solve problem
that do not show up, let's focus on the issue of -uk .

How are the others community channel named for both groups ?

Fedora : 

#fedora-uk -> united kingdom
nothing for ukranian

Debian : 
http://wiki.debian.org/IRC debian 

#debian-uk -> united kingdom
again, nothing for ukranian

Ubuntu :

#ubuntu-uk -> united kingdom
#ubuntu-ua -> ukrainian

Opensuse :

nothing for both

Gentoo : 
#gentoo-uk -> united kingdom
#gentoo-ua -> ukrainian

Arch  : 

Nothing from both.

Freebsd : 
Nothing rom both

So, my own understanding is that most users would expect to have -uk to
be us united kingdom, so we should follow this too.

Michael Scherer

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