[Update on 4th of Oct] - Seems that original post has been removed from the linked location. We are certainly all entitled to have opinions and are allowed to publish them in Internet. I’m also sure that this opinion was not the official opinion from the company where the blog was hosted, so I have removed the link completely to avoid any references outside of the context. My point for the public response was to point out that we should rather embrace the diversity of our global SharePoint community and the input from cross the world.
This response was not about the personal feedback towards me or my accent, rather wanted to avoid situation where other non-native English speaking persons would be in hesitant to release something for the community due feedback which didn’t concentrate on covered information, rather on the accent or origin of the person. This kind of feedback does not certainly impact me and hoping that it won’t impact any others.
Regardless of the rough feedback received from my previous blog posts and videos released in YouTube, I encourage also all non-native English speaking members in the community for sharing their knowledge. Sharing your skills and knowledge for the community is much more important than that it is done in perfect English. Getting the information for others, will help to whole community to learn from others, regardless of the accent you might or might not have. All of you have all the right to share whatever you want in your own blogs or YouTube video channels. I personally find this kind of discrimination based on language or accent extremely unfortunate and hopefully this does not have negative impact on how much people are spending their own time for the benefit of the global SharePoint community. Just for the record. These blog posts and videos what I have published in my own YouTube channel are done on my own time for free, just for the benefit of the community. You can ignore those videos, if you don’t like them or find them irritating. I also can’t prevent anyone else downloading these videos and publishing them in any other YouTube channel. There’s certainly some truth in this feedback and in optimal world we could use voice actors on the material what we create, but that’s not really reality and I simply can’t use my family funds for hiring them.
I’d personally rather see the time spent on criticizing others used for the benefit of the others, but we certainly have right to choose what we write and how we spend our time. This kind of discrimination based on any culture, origin or accent is not something what me or our company (MS) will approve any format. I certainly hope that this would not be the way other companies or groups of people would behave towards the SharePoint community.
This was indeed feedback from just one person and does not reflect the general tone of the whole SharePoint community, but we should not accept this kind of bullying. Let’s keep on publishing and sharing what we know to help others to shine and succeed.