Can we have a "I am not a english native" option?
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Join Date: Dec 2007
04-06-2011, 07:33 AM
Reading the posts in this thread, I could not help but wonder about the 'starter' mission that I am currently building and how it may be assessed and rated by others.
I would be quite put off if my mission was given a low rating based simply on the perception of the rater that my grammar or spelling was poor. That said, I do understand how badly written dialog can put users off!
Though I am an 'english native', I am sure my spelling and grammar will be incorrect at times! Even the most educated amongst us sometimes make a 'typo', use regional variations on spelling or comit the occasional gramatical error.
Furthermore, I am English and tend to use English variants of spelling such as 'colour' as apposed to the American 'color'. I can hardly wait till I get chastised and rated down for spelling in English rather than American English!
As for my grammar, she sadly passed away a few years ago!
Joking aside, I do think the OP has a very valid argument. I am unsure as to what should be done to alleviate the problem though.
I cannot check the Foundry as I write this due to my (STO) installation being verified. As I recall, Foundry users are able to put a note about language in there project details. Though (reading here) the language does not seem to be shown on published mission briefings!
Until Cryptic add a drop down menu to allow Foundry mission writers to specify 'Mission created by non native English speaker.' or 'Mission language: xxxxx (insert language.)' I would recomend that at the begining or end of a created mission briefing, if a mission primarily uses any other language than English, the auther add a note to tell the user which language is used.
Sadly, there will always be people using Foundry created missions that will downrate a mission simply because it is in a language they are not familiar with. Some users will actively search missions to downrate because they are prejudice against users that speak another language too, this is just a sad fact of life!
Edit: I just this moment got the Foundry up and running! There is a language drop down menu in the 'Project: Project Info' window. If, as it seems from reading this thread, the language information is not being published alongside the mission briefing for any newly published work, then this needs to be addressed by the dev team!