Sorry, but categories should have English-language names only.
How can someone find "Bridges in Athens" if the category title was written
in Greek? Or "Palaces in Istambul"? Or "Rivers in India" (and what
should we use in this last case?).
And category redirects do not work well, because they divide the media and
cause more and more confusion.
My mother tongue is not English, but it's clear to me that we must have a
lingua franca in order to understand each other.
If a find a picture of Teheran and I want to categorize it I'll have to find
the correct Persian name of the correct category? That doesn't make sense to
me. People should know that is no offence to use English in order to achieve
a greater good: communication and understanding.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Yann Forget" <yann(a)forget-me.net>
To: "Wikimedia Commons Discussion List" <commons-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 10:18 PM
Subject: Re: [Commons-l] Anglo-Saxonisation of the commons
Patrick-Emil Zörner a écrit :
I am quite appalled about how things have a nasty
tendency to a nasty
outcome on commons. München is being moved to Munich, Praha is moved
to Prague,... and all on a specious kind of based argumentation. I
know how the cities are called. I have seen the traffic signs! The
cities are actually called München, Praha,...
I read e.g. that [München, Germany] would look silly. Yes it does.
That is why it should have been [München, Deutschland] in the first
place with the redirect being [Munich, Germany] or even a
disambiguation on [Munich] as it already is on the en-WP. What was
clear to many people in the beginnig of commons now gets overthrown
and people keenly start their bots.
Moreover I do not mind having [東京] as log as there is a
redirect on [Tokyo], [Tokio] etc.
As far as I remember commons was planed for all projects to coexist
but not to assimilate them until a bad english gets the upper hand.
I am appalled about this and do not know if I carry on in this pile of
Yes, this is happening again.
It is very disappointing that people try to enforce an English only
categories naming. Actually categories redirect works quite well, so I
don't see why there should English names when the language of the place
is not English.
People do not even care about opposition to renaming categories, and
threathen me as vandal when I am trying to keep the original name.
This on-going change should not happen.
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