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Old 04-03-2008, 04:59 AM
Christian Perrier
Default Bug#473998: ITP: debian-faq -- The Debian FAQ

(usual dilemna: who to put in answer to an ITP...using the bug number
and -devel to avoid too many CC)

Quoting Cyril Brulebois (cyril.brulebois@enst-bretagne.fr):
> On 02/04/2008, Joost van Baal wrote:
> > In this package you will find the Debian GNU/Linux FAQ, which gives
> > frequently asked questions (with their answers!) about the Debian
> > distribution Debian GNU/Linux and others) and about the Debian project.
> ^ mismatched parenthesis?
> > You'll find out that some answers assume some knowledge of Unix-like
> ^^^ I'm not sure this is welcome...

I don't think it is. I personnally tend to discourage directly
addressing the user|admin directly, with the exception of specific
actions by him|her ("You have done <foo> and <bar> will happen").

Indeed, depending on the language used, that may even prevent some
gender neutrality problems (I'm pretty sure we can find some languages
where "you" or the verb may be different for male|female).

In the case of packages' descriptions, I'd certainly recommend "This
package provides <foo>". That probably affects the entire writing
style of the package descripton.

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