So, the issue of English not being the native language of most of our users has recently been at the forefront of discussion within the community.
The biggest problem is that many of our users struggle to add to discussions, because English is not their mother tongue.
How this is handled right now, is that people will either chime in on the discussion in their native language and others try to translate for them - or just say nothing at all because they’re uncomfortable with this practice. And to be honest, it’s not how we would like it to be either.
A major issue is that we do not have the resources to run multiple events or sub-events for all languages without one having overall poor support and quality. To put it more eloquently: We don’t have the resources, so one language would be half-assed.
We do have a German background, but we made the decision a while ago to stick to English to accommodate everyone. We want to improve our English and communication with everyone in our community. However, this does not mean that we will turn a blind eye to our members closer to home, and thus we have a proposition.
Our proposal: local meetups
As the title would suggest, we are putting forth a proposal for virtual “local” meetups where people can speak their native language. This way you can exchange ideas, have discussions and communicate comfortably.
We suggest having a shared organisation on those topics, so people who are interested would organise those meetups together with us.
We offer our tools and to promote the meetups on our official channels and we’d work together on the format of the meetup, so it turns out just the way you’d like it to be
So, what do you think?
Would you attend/organise such an event?
Do you have any other ideas?
What are your thoughts on the matter?