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reality checkby Anonymous Monk
|on Jul 10, 2003 at 21:28 UTC||Need Help??|
Has anyone thought about the practicalities of such broadminded acceptance?
I understand the concern about avoiding censorship and I agree on that.
However, how do you handle the daily routines of the Monastery?
The Monastery is kept up to its current excellent status thanks to a system of community control. If the community is unable to exercise its power of self control, how is the Monastery going to keep its standards?
As for the availability of people who can understand the questions, how can you assume that the one who knows the language is the same who knows the solution? Making a back-of-the envelope calculation, I would say that it is unlikely that a question in whichever language gets the attention of somebody who speaks the language and knows how to solve the problem at the same time.
I am a non-native English speaker. I understand very well the problems of who is exposed to a foreign language environment and can't make himself understood.
However, I believe that by being more libertarian we will only create confusion and not solve many more problems than we create.
We shouldn't forget that we are a community. But let's get real. Principles are a good thing, organization requires some rules to adhere to, even if sometimes hurts.
I would love to have PerlMonks in my mother tongue, but I would rather force myself to speak a foreing language to partecipate in a well organized community than speaking my idiom within a mess.