On 4/25/06, Timwi <timwi(a)gmx.net> wrote:
Preliminary: This posting is *NOT* meant to re-incite a discussion that
has already taken place and is already over: namely, the debates about
the deletion of [[Template:User en-5]] and its equivalents for other
In reality, most non-native English speakers I know
speak and write
English way better than an average native speaker. In reality, among all
speakers (native or non-native) there are huge variations in the level
of skill, ranging from "lolz asl?" to Pulitzer-prize winning prose. It
is *that* which the Babel templates are trying to gauge, *not* whether
someone is a native speaker or not.
Really? That's odd, because most of the non-native speakers I've met
on Wikipedia were noticeably worse than native speakers.