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[rpd] Improving participation of francophone and arab country (was Re: Contents of RPD digest...")

Mark Elkins mje at
Wed Dec 30 07:51:08 UTC 2015

I think the current discussions are great. Good to see both Arabic and
French languages. Normally, there are the same dozen "usual suspects" on
the RPD list - of which I'm one.

RPD = AFRINIC Resource Policy Discussion List, where discussions about
Internet Number Resource Allocation Policies in the African region take
place (from the MailMan page).

Policy discussion can happen in any language. However, if one wants to
sway the majority of minds, English may be the best choice of language.
I understand that the operating Language of AFRINIC is English (as it is
in all other regions) and the Policies themselves need to be ultimately
written in English. I don't believe it would be correct to have a
policy, as such, on Languages. The primary purpose of the RPD is to have
discussions and ultimately policies regarding the Numbering Resources
used on the Internet, with a focus on the AFRINIC Region. (Remember,
some Policies may be Global!)

On Wed, 2015-12-30 at 08:12 +0100, Christian Ahiauzu wrote:
> Hello Chevalier, all
> On Dec 29, 2015 06:28, "Chevalier du Borg" <virtual.borg at>
> wrote:
> >
> > Thank you Scott, for proving that if anyone really does care, they
> can
> > find a way. I use Google translate a lot too!
> >
> > for the francophones complaining
> >
> > a) you still have the option of contributing in french
> > b) you have additional option of using google translate
> > c) if anyone asks the list "can someone please translate what Andrew
> > Alson just said" - i am sure you will get volunteers
> >
> > my guess is the problem is not language ... it's just lack of
> interest
> > in engaging and not willing to put the effort.
> >
> I wouldn't elude to saying that this seeming lack of participation is
> due to lack of interest. Most francophones are already participating
> in English since they can speak the language. 
> I have listened with keen interest to the conversation thus far. I
> think a policy to this regard may solve the problem. There can be no
> policy development process without language and communication. It is a
> vital part of the entire RPD process. We could look in the direction
> of a policy to protect both francophones and anglophones. Not sure if
> such policy already exists.
> BR
> Christian
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Mark James ELKINS  -  Posix Systems - (South) Africa
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