Using a non-existing language in Launchpad

Asked by Jenske on 2013-09-01

I was trying to add a question to Launchpad, when I noticed that it is possible (in my region) to choose my preferred language. As in Belgium we speak French (Walloon), German, English and Dutch, these languages are in the drop downlist of Launchpad. Astonishingly, also "Limburgian" appears. This is by no means a language; it is a dialect, but I'm pretty sure no one ever uses this language or would think of using this language -- if at all it would exist as a seperate language -- in Belgium. Limburg is a province of Belgium, like there's about 11 others.

This is not a crucial thing, but I guess some joker has entered "Limburgian" as a language. By the way: Walloon is not a seperate language either, it is at most a dialect of French, spoken in Belgium and the northern parts of France.

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Thomas Kr├╝ger (thkrueger) said : #1

The point that you consider a language not so important to have a translation for it, should not reflect on the settings in launchpad. The language option is there, you can choose it if you feel the need to do so, or not.

Nobody here has the authority to decide if a language is not important enough to be excluded. Also dialects can be as important for some people as fully developed languages. The exclusion of a language excludes people. You might have noticed the effects of such an exclusion in your own country, you have some open issues there. And that is obviously not what we want to have on Launchpad.

By the way Wikipedia lists Limburgian with 1,6 Mio. speaker in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Most of them will not use it as their first language but it's a fairly large group. You might have confused the administrative region of Limburg in Belgium with the far larger area where the sub language is spoken.

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