The openSUSE non-english subforums

Dear Community,

This post, my first as Language Forums Coordinator, is meant to inform the openSUSE (Forums) community on the Forums Team’s findings and plans related to the non-english language forums (including the Wiki forum). We started these a couple of years ago to widen support to non-English speaking openSUSE enthusiasts. So far we have Dutch, Chinese, French, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian forums. Basically we had defined a couple of requirements that needed to be met before a new Forum could be started:

  • A minimum of 2 moderators, native speakers, at least one of them reasonably fluent in English.
  • Significant posting activity in the new forum
  • An annual report from the language forum moderators

During the last couple of months of 2013 the Forums Team has been evaluating these non-English forums. We looked at posting activity and staffing and concluded as follows:

  • Very low to no activity in some of the forums.
  • Moderator activity is inadequate in some of the forums
  • The reporting system does not function

Most of the Forums Team cannot read the non-English language posts and thus cannot assist with the moderation process.

Here are some priority activities:

Low to no posting activity in some subforums

Some forums have posting activity so low that we cannot continue to resource them. The following forums will be closed until demand for them rises to a critical level:

  • Japanese
  • openSUSE Wiki
  • Hungarian
  • Portuguese
  • Greek

Moderator availability and/or activity is inadequate in some forums

I will be writing to existing members to clarify the needs for Moderator activity in the following forums in the hope that they will continue

  • Chinese
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Russian
  • German

Annual reporting has not begun

The original plan was to have a fairly informal reporting process generated by the Language Forum Moderators to help the Forums Team understand the activity and needs in the language forums. The Forums Team has not yet created that process and I hope to get communication between the Team and non-english language forums moderators going soon.

On 2014-01-19 15:06, Knurpht wrote:
>
> Dear Community,
>
>
> This post, my first as Language Forums Coordinator, is meant to inform
> the openSUSE (Forums) community on the Forums Team’s findings and
> plans related to the non-english language forums (including the Wiki
> forum). We started these a couple of years ago to widen support to
> non-English speaking openSUSE enthusiasts. So far we have Dutch,
> Chinese, French, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian
> forums.

Ah, those are, I suppose, the language forums that share the
opensuse.org infrastructure. There are others that don’t, like the
Spanish forums. I don’t know why this is so, but for instance it impedes
me from participating (no nntp interface).

Just a comment :slight_smile:


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.3 x86_64 “Dartmouth” at Telcontar)

Carlos, at the time we offered local forums communities both options: either “under the forums.opensuse.org umbrella” or “local, links on the forums,opensuse.org page”. In the first case the openSUSE infrastructure is available, in the second case, f.e. the Spanish forums, it’s all in the hands of the local forums community. First things first, but I intend to contact the staff of those forums as well.

On 2014-01-19 16:46, Knurpht wrote:
> Carlos, at the time we offered local forums communities both options:
> either “under the forums.opensuse.org umbrella” or “local, links on the
> forums,opensuse.org page”. In the first case the openSUSE infrastructure
> is available, in the second case, f.e. the Spanish forums, it’s all in
> the hands of the local forums community.

I know :slight_smile:

> First things first, but I
> intend to contact the staff of those forums as well.

Well, in any case, we nntp users are very few, so just for us perhaps
does not warrant a migration, unless there are more advantages for all.

Thanks for your interest :slight_smile:


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.3 x86_64 “Dartmouth” at Telcontar)