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[announcement] Who is behind iRosetta and where is it going?

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I wrote this announcement in response to Donald:

I'd like a clearer statement about who owns the site and what the motives and goals are. This is fundamental to "growing" real participation. If I knew of this better, I'd share the URL with more people. I think you actually do have a potential audience of professional writers and editors out there who would participate in the startup of something like this. Though, the purpose and trustworthiness of the site is very important to be known. What passions and principles are at stake, or is it just throwing Jello at the wall to see what sticks? I'm old-school USENET, but practical too. – Donald Remero

I genuinely appreciate that kind of constructive feedback and understand your concerns. (On a side note, thumbs up for your noteworthy participation and all the elaborate answers you have given so far). I believe in transparency and believe it is essential in growing a strong community. So here it goes:

I started this site for myself in the first place. I am a software engineering student, albeit entrepreneur at heart, from Montreal, Canada. My mother tongue is French and, the software industry being English dominated in addition to Montreal being a bilingual city, mastering English is critical to me. In a nutshell, I created this site with the intention of improving my English. Of course, there are already plenty of language communities on the web, but I strongly believe in the engaging format proposed by iRosetta.

Although the reasons behind this site sound quite selfish so far - and I won't hide the fact that I believe in the "be your own best customer" mantra - I genuinely thought my learning process could benefit others as well.

First and foremost, I can help people with their French: I don't fit "tech guys can't write" stereotype and perfectly master my native language.

Secondly, I constantly learn new things about English, be it through reading blogs or looking up for idioms in search engines. Whenever I learn something new or come up with a language related question, I post it here. If I find an answer on my own, I make it a duty to share it so that others won't have to go through the same time consuming process.

In the long term, I would like to see this site grow into a vibrant community of language professionals (writers, translators, proof-readers, etc.) as well as novices like me who enjoy learning. Eventually, this site will have to become financially viable and, when the time comes, I will consider building a marketplace, job board or whatever feels right around the community. I'll try to keep the site ads free as long as I can.

If you share my vision of iRosetta, go ahead and spread the word! On a side note, I have sketched out a marketing strategy and expect to execute it within the next few days.

I hope I made every point clear and otherwise, don't hesitate to ask. I also welcome any suggestions, feedback, thoughts, etc.

PS: I made this a community wiki so that anyone can proofread me ;)

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preets
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Lovely idea! I do agree with Donald, the first thing I did was look for an About page which I was unable to find. I have been learning French and really look forward to this site ! Wish you luck !

deceze
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Do you have any bias towards specific languages (well, French and English obviously) or are you open to discussions of and in any language on this site? Would you mind seeing entire threads in, say, Japanese or Polish on here that only a few people will be able to judge and moderate?

donald remero
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It is possible that Olivier might be on holiday. I’m pretty sure, though, that he would answer this way: 1) ultimately let the community decide! but 2) no problem at all with Japanese, Polish, or Swahili. Let’s see who answers the call and what develops from it.

deceze
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I thought so, but it’s reassuring to have it confirmed. Personally I’d love to see questions in all kinds of different languages on the top page. Let’s hope the site grows to this point.

oli
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Hey. I don’t mind seeing questions in completely different languages! I’m sure the community can do a great job in moderating languages that I don’t understand.

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frederico

Hi, Donald Remero,

I realized you are following me on the Twitter. Thanks for your consideration. I am the author of the blog "English at Supermarket". I live in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). My mother tongue is Portuguese and, as you do, I improve my English while I am writing the posts.

I see your blog is an excellent source for those guys who are studying the English language, you present goods tips. Go on.

Regards

Frederico

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donald remero
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Frederico, this site actually belongs to Olivier. I’m just a loud-mouthed contributor. =)

frederico
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So, Congratulations for you and Olivier. :–)

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