German forum at reboot.proproposal
Posted 16 March 2012 - 01:25 PM
I propose the availability of a German language reboot.pro forum and would like to your hear your opinion about this matter.
In principle it would follow a similar design to what you already see on the English reboot and become available at a URL such as http://reboot.pro/de (I'm open to URL suggestions)
The goal is to help members that are not able of writing in English. I chose German since it is the second largest language group after English on our community and if this effort succeeds then we might be able to apply onto different languages as well.
I am also open to suggestions of merge with existent forum sites in a similar way as our cooperation with TLF at http://tech.reboot.pro
Let me know what you think.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 01:47 PM
On the other hand AFAIK a comparatively little percentage of non-Germans, non-Austrian or non-Swiss members can speak German.
The risks - IMHO - of making a "different language" Forum are two:
- all the good German (but English speaking members) "abandon" the "main English" forum (thus subtracting valuable resources to it)
- the knowledge - already fragmented enough - is further split
And the inconvenience is that either some valuable content will be lost or things will be posted twice, and when an update comes out, it would require double work or inevitably topics will "lose sync".
Of course my belief that *any* German born in the last - say - 50 years can speak/read/write a decent enough English should be confirmed (or busted ) by our German members.
And we still have the:
What we would need (again as I see it) is some better form of communication with our friends from China and Russia....
Posted 16 March 2012 - 03:59 PM
By the way, don't we already have language subforums in several languages, including my own?
How and how much are they used?
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:45 PM
I'm regularly / sporadically reading some German forums with theme 'WinBuilder'. And here the enthusiasm (and the frequency of visitors) is decreasing from day to day.
Let's remain in the English (I also have some difficulties with my English knowledge, or better: Some people have some difficulties with my should-be-english posts).
For those members who cannot explain their intention, or cannot understand English explanations, reboot's German subforum is IMHO fully sufficient.
Crazy idea: What abut linking reboot.pro.de to the German subforum?
Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:49 PM
But the question is, why would those chose to come to reboot.pro.de? All our projects are still in english.
No, i think, they will rather go to one of the german boards, which went to the trouble of translating whole projects into german, including attachements.
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