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From Jeff Genender <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] China Contribution. (was: RocketMQ Incubation Proposal)
Date Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:50:25 GMT

> On Nov 11, 2016, at 12:42 AM, Reynold Xin <> wrote:
> I'd avoid using the argument that English will bring more users, as it is not defensible
and risk being interpreted as western arrogance. Afterall, three out of the six largest Internet
companies (by market cap) are currently in mainland China, and they all have enormous daily
active users even though they are targeting primarily Chinese.

The world is much bigger than a discussion for where the largest ISPs reside. ;-)   Lets not
degrade this discussion into an argument about whose country is the best.  That does nobody
any good and its straw man.

I think you are the one being defensive and if you read what I said, as I stated it pretty
clear in my first few sentences and through out my statement.  Read it again.  That was certainly
*not* my argument and my argument was most *definitely* defensible.

I never said English will bring in more users than China.  I *did* say that if you want more
international/cross-border users, you will need to use a more international language.  Outside
of China I will also say that the rest of the world mostly does not know Chinese.

For the record, I am a messaging lover.  I am a committer/PMC on ActiveMQ, and I love to play
with Kafka and other MQs outside the ASF such as RabbitMQ.  I can honestly tell you directly
that if your discussions are in Chinese, I will likely never play with your software.  Now
based on your tone, I am guessing that likely you do not care.  That is fine.  But there are
a lot of folks who will be in the same boat as me.  *You* need to define on who your want
your audience to be.

You can call me (and others who don’t speak Chinese) western “arrogance” because our
main language is an international one.  But it’s not going to change your situation or position.

I’m not really sure of why you are coming to members@ asking advice, then getting defensive
to those about answers that you don’t want to hear.  What responses were you looking for?
 Were you looking that the rest of the members who mostly don’t speak Chinese to answer
that its a great idea?  If this is the attitude you will take, then you are wasting our time
in attempting to answer you.


> On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 11:14 PM, Jeff Genender < <>>
> I would think that English is generally used because its the most international language,
not because its the most used in the world.  Thus it helps cross borders for communication.
 At the end of the day, I think you need to look at your community and ask if you want it
to cross borders or not.  Do you want worldwide contribution (and adoption)?  I can tell you
that I glean a lot of information from the mail lists when I run into problems or issues using
Apache software.  If the discussions are in Chinese, you may miss a lot of people who can
be a part of the discussion from outside of China.  I think you really need to think about
who you want your users to be and how you want your product adopted.
> In addition, this is an incubated project.  AFAICT, the champion doesn’t speak Chinese,
and I am wild-guessing maybe 2 of the mentors do.  This means the other mentors may have a
difficult time steering the project when they are needed.  It makes it difficult for the champion
to asses any problems without having someone notify him of a translated issue.  In the unlikely
event that the project requires input from the incubation PMC or, the board for that matter,
it would be very difficult to get a proper insight into the issues without have solid knowledge
of the language.
> I personally don’t know of any rule or regulation that locks down a language and perhaps
a board member can chime in on that.  But my .02 is that if I were bringing a project to Apache,
my thoughts about community would be getting as many people and users involved as possible.
 If you don’t use a more cross-border/international language, then I believe that you may
ultimately be hindering your project beyond your borders.  I think that would be a shame.
 OTOH, maybe your desire is to keep RocketMQ a Chinese piece of software.  I guess that is
ok too… but I would be interested in why.
> Just my usual .02.
> Jeff
> > On Nov 10, 2016, at 11:53 PM, Tom Barber < <>>
> >
> > I believe I saw something the other day where someone was talking about diverse
languages on mailing lists. personally I think it's okay but obviously it decreases the chance
of participation of others.
> >
> > of course the old saying "if it wasn't discussed on the list it never happened"
didn't mention the language.
> >
> > Thought must be taken for jira and code comments as well. how would non Chinese
speaking people follow development?
> >
> >
> > On 11 Nov 2016 06:45, "Reynold Xin" < <>
< <>>> wrote:
> > Adding members@
> >
> > On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 10:40 PM, Reynold Xin < <>
< <>>> wrote:
> >
> > > To play devil's advocate: is it OK for Apache projects that consist
> > > primarily of Chinese developers to communicate in Chinese? Or put it
> > > differently -- is it a requirement that all communications must be in
> > > English?
> > >
> > > I can see an inclusiveness argument for having to use English, as English
> > > is one of the most common languages. However, many talented software
> > > developers in China don't have the sufficient level of proficiency when it
> > > comes to English, as the penetration rate of English in China is much lower
> > > than other countries. It is as hard for Chinese speakers to learn English
> > > as for English speakers to learn Chinese.
> > >
> > > One can certainly argue forcing everybody to use English will also exclude
> > > those Chinese developers, and from the perspective of the number of native
> > > speakers, Mandarin (a Chinese dialect) outnumbers English 3 to 1 according
> > > to Wikipedia.
> > >
> > > Similar argument also applies to Japanese, and many other countries,
> > > except the number of Chinese speakers is much larger.
> > >

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