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Re: Flag images

On Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 3:14 AM, Dmitry E. Oboukhov <unera@debian.org> wrote:

> new version of rtpg (rtpg2) will have language button and geoIP peer's
> information with country's flag etc.

Sounds like a fairly pointless feature to me. Unfortunately that seems
to be common in torrent clients these days. The language button
likewise sounds less than useful since HTTP content negotiation does
the same job automatically.

> Why should I avoid adding flags? I looked through Your links but I
> didn't understand why using flags is a bad way? I have found full
> free flag collection, flags occur in many packages and I think it is
> the obvious method to separate geo information.

I'd encourage you to read the whole LWN thread, but in short: to
prevent nationalistic or political disputes from affecting Debian.

As an example of the practical effects of flags in the context of
Debian; a number of years ago we lost our kernel maintainer, partially
because KDE in Debian included a flag of a country the maintainer (and
his government) disapproved of. A team formed to replace him, but
losing contributors still sucks.



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