(This news entry is way longer than I would like, and pretty sloppily written, and barely scratches the surface of the story. But hopefully it helps some of you get a bit more of a fucking clue.)
I have poured my soul into this project. The way things have unfolded is very unfortunate. We could have avoided all of this with a few minor adjustments (or proper general project management). Foremost, if the Quebec French subproject had been created about THREE MONTHS AGO, when I first proposed it, all problems would have immediately been solved and everyone would have been happy. I don't need to tell you that 85%+ of the problems in the French project was because of "Quebec French VS France French" issues.
And by the way, there simply NEVER has been an OFFICIAL policy on whether the "French" project was a global "French" project or a France-French-specific project, until DiscordDan randomly declared that the project is France-French-specific (on 23 november 2016), almost making it seem like that had been the case all along. The fact is, long ago I had declared in I think at least 12 separate conversations that the project was a global French project, not France-French specific. (Unfortunately Crowdin sucks so much shit that it doesn't support comments search, so verifying this would be pretty difficult.) I think that was the best default assumption to make, and as far as I remember nobody has ever contested that notion, which effectively made it a DE FACTO policy. There sure has been a lot of "X is what we use in France", but as far as I remember, nobody ever went: "No, you're wrong, this is actually a France-French-specific project". (I'm not counting the cases were someone initially said that, and then I explained why a global French project was much better, and then the conversation stopped right there or the notion was not contested again.) I had been assuming all along that management had at least some kind of eye on the project, and thus that I would be more or less quickly corrected if I was mistaken in any way on what the policies were. But again, I don't even think management had any notion of if the French project should be a global French project or France-French-specific.
(By the way, as for the stupid "It's the France flag, of course it's France-French specific" argument: What flag would you use to represent a global French translation, not specific to any country? The France flag, of course. If the subproject had been called "France French" from the start, there would have never been any ambiguity and I can certify that I would simply NEVER have joined the project in the first place, since I don't give a flying fuck about France French, as I'm sure has been made abundantly clear. I've said that somewhere in a comment, but again, good luck finding it since Crowdin sucks so much shit that it doesn't support comments search. This has caused me recurrent, lasting grief.)
Anyway, I wasn't even writing this news entry to talk about all of the above, that happened by accident. What I wanted to tell you is that I've decided to publish the 4 formerly private conversations that I had deemed interesting enough to keep in my messages box. This gives a perhaps unprecedented look into what has been going on in the backchannels, from my perspective. These are full, raw, completely unedited conversations, so you'll excuse any sloppy writing on my part. I'm not revealing what were meant as private internal conversations lightly, but I think it can give a useful view into what has been going on. Much of it is "neutral", I did most of the talking and I'm not publishing these to annoy or embarrass anyone. But I think it does at least prove that I poured my soul into this project, and that I did the best I could. And hopefully it can help you understand how I was handling things and why. Anyway, here they are.