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On Thu, 2010-10-14 at 21:10 +0200, Bernhard Dippold wrote:
Hi Marc, *

Marc Paré schrieb:

Just a note to see if there had been a decision about this? Are we going
with the sole US group or n.amer. group? Or are people still thinking
this one out?

I think we covered the most important points in this discussion - at 
least for North America.

In my eyes we didn't come to a common standing by now, but most of us go 
towards the same direction:

Local marketing is not (only) language specific, but is relevant for a 
certain area.

Dedicated marketing mailing lists could help here.

There are differences in the areas that should be covered (continent / 

This is a point we should come to a more or less common agreement.

In my personal eyes this should be consistent and comprehensible for 
comparable areas all over the world. Therefore I'd plead for areas with 
a common internal market.

I don't know if there is a common market between the North American 
states - if not, I'd vote for as well as 
their local counterparts in Canada and Mexico. If we go with (or n_amer to avoid misinterpretation 
of "n" as sublevel of "amer") this would mean to drop this list and 
create three new ones, if local marketing in Canada and Mexico will 
become more active.


Sorry for the delay here.

I was thinking about this and more importantly I was reading emails. it seems to me was structured very much along language
lines and I would suppose that this will naturally happen here also.

These language demarcations where originally, I believe, focused on
translation efforts however it seems to me that they broadened out to
encompass many more functions. It helped that in many cases there was a
strong correlation between language and geography.

Some of the emails that stood out in my review:

- One by Goran Rakic and his remarks about the _Turkish_ community
deciding to join TDF.

- The exchange between Ian and Jean regarding Australia and New Zealand,
particularly Ian's comment about time zones and extending that _region_
to include the state of Hawaii. An idea that actually makes plenty of
sense IMO. 

- Ben's email regarding the similarities between the US and Canada with
regards to the use of English. (not sure what we do with Quebec)

- Alexandro's reminding us of the large Hispanic population,
particularly in the south west region of the USA.

- The email from Florian regarding the de mailing lists and his desire
not to have too many mailing lists just yet, should not be overlooked.

You know what - I'm having a hard time coming to a real decision for
myself (as I can't decide for the group naturally) I can see reasons to
go both ways, regional and national.

I am leaning towards a USA list even with all the good points by Ben and
Marcus and Alexandro. 

Bernhard however is correct in that this has implications for the
foundation overall - so can I toss out for others to comment on more.



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