I think it is better to keep English as it is, Hindi Wikipedia could be promoted and more outreach should be done. Because irrespective what Indian government calls for the common terms in Hinglish Wikipedia follows a different way of writing and simply changing everything into Hinglish may make few things less understandable for those whose don't use them in a day to day basis. But, they could also be kept along with English names.


On 6 December 2011 18:30, Srikanth Lakshmanan <srik.lak@gmail.com> wrote:

On Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 18:21, Yuvi Panda <yuvipanda@gmail.com> wrote:
+1. I believe me, @planemad and GerardM talked about something very
similar over Lunch around WCI.

Language is a critical component in Wikipedia. Wikipedia is also hosts volunteer generated content. Now a government can say use these words instead of these, but that doesnt mean community members need to follow it. Community needs to try and take a stand on it through concensus, since it impacts MoS etc. But if the community is divided, then there has to be mutual respect among contributors on what they use. One cant force new generation folks to use the older vocabulary, older generation folks to use new vocabulary just because a govt(which is very transient and limited geographically where as language is universal) says so.

Of course certain things like search etc will get impacted but then once the semantic web comes out, they will get ironed out. Technology has to do a big catch up with people for a change.

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