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made of sea and sunlight ([personal profile] hagar_972) wrote in [site community profile] dw_biz 2012-06-20 06:59 am (UTC)

1. How about doing it backwards? Have the primary indication be all the languages one uses/is conversant in, with the option to tick (or similarly indicate) languages in which one actively blogs. Languages are a matter of identity, that's why people will always indicate the langauges they speak/are conversant in/are trying to study.

e.g. I rarely blog in Hebrew - but that i'm a (native) Hebrew speaker is important information for potential subscribers, and I know I have a significant readership that showed up at my DW pretty much for these reasons. (Much to my initial surprise, I should say.)

2. I rather prefer option #3, the tag-like one. Inclusive and preserves screen real estate.

3. I would very strongly prefer to not have something like those standardized tags we user-visible as a default. I disagree with the user who says that "anyone who has ever set up a computer or phone and installed programs on it, has probably been asked to choose from the international language tags at least once." I've been the effective first-line PC techie for family and workplaces and I have never seen that list. I wouldn't even reliably recognize Hebrew on it, and I suspect people from other non-Latin-script languages may have similar issues. It also, well, doesn't have a good feel: "We couldn't figure out a human-friendly way to do this, so we went the computer-friendly way."

5. I don't like the idea of anchoring language to country. One problem is Diaspora languages. Think of - oh - Arab diasporas in the US and the EU. Or Jewish diasporas anywhere. And I can think of several others off the top of my head. People would still be using their non-resident-country language, and searching for people based on that language, for identity reasons.

And so long as it's searchable by something easily human-recognizeable. The codes can be there; maybe it's easier for some people to scan for the codes. But coming from non-Latin-script languages, the codes can be... more effortful than this should be, particularly if you're trying to make it homey for non-English speakers.

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