[openstack-dev] [election][tc]Question for candidates about global reachout
jean-philippe at evrard.me
Sun Sep 16 12:14:41 UTC 2018
> I respect that tool choices can make a difference in enabling or
> improving our outreach to specific cultures.
I agree there.
> I'll commit to
> personally rejecting presence on proprietary social media services
> so as to demonstrate that public work can be done within our
> community while relying exclusively on free/libre open source
It is nice to be in a position to do so. Please don't change! : )
> I recognize the existence of the free software movement as
> a distinct culture with whom we could do a better job of connecting.
> If as a community we promote and embrace non-free tools we will only
> continue to alienate them, [...]
I agree again with Jeremy here.
As this was a direct question for the candidates, here is my answer...
There is two layers in this conversation: a personal level, and an
official stance on the subject (as discussed in the TC room).
At a personal level,I guess I wouldn't mind myself joining to Wechat,
with the hope of being helpful there.
As I don't speak this language particularily, I am not sure how I can be
more of help there than I can be with speaking an ambassador in a
mutually common language (I am also not native english). At the same
time, I would be very sad to not use an open tool, because I am not sure
what the privacy implications would be. But, pragmatically, I understand
the biggest picture here: We want to be more reachable, as increasing
community size over time is a must for sustainable software, and if I
can be a little help personally, I'd do it.
Before giving my opinion for an official stance as a TC candidate (the
other layer), I'd like to ask you a few questions ...
- What is the problem joining Wechat will solve (keeping in mind the
- Isn't this problem already solved for other languages with existing
initiatives like local ambassadors and i18n team? Why aren't these relevant?
- Should we widen this 'Wechat' initiative to all <insert more popular
system based on location> systems?
- Pardon my ignorance here, what is the problem with email? (I
understand some chat systems might be blocked, I thought emails would be
fine, and the lowest common denominator).
I also have technical questions about 'wechat' (like how do you use it
without a smartphone?) and the relevance of tools we currently use, but
this will open Pandora's box, and I'd rather not spend my energy on
closing that box right now :D
Jean-Philippe Evrard (evrardjp)
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