Thanks for your interest.
I personally don't think "Bushmen" is a completely inappropriate term
(although some people have strong feelings either way). The question here is really what
the primary term or default term is, in terms of what reliable English language sources
use and what the people themselves prefer.
I agree that the content of the article (and many others) needs improving. I have focussed
only on the nomenclature section so far. It is a lot of work overhauling an article
completely and I have come to terms with the fact that I can only do so much on my own.
----- Original Message -----
From: Nkansah Rexford
To: Helen Riding
Cc: WikimediaZA List
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:36 AM
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia ZA] Wikipedia move discussion: Bushmen article
I just read through the discussion and its interesting for me so far. Many support the
idea of changing to San people.
Well, I think it doesn't _really_ matter whether its 'San people' or
'bushmen'. Though the name 'bushman' might sound completely inappropriate
( or even perhaps insulting), I think content on the page is what really needs to be
Personally, I've never known them to be San people (until today) and I'm sure
many people ( perhaps over 70% of the world ) know such people as bushmen.
Currently, the article 'San people' redirects to 'Bushmen' which I see
it to be same. (Changing the title will just make the redirection inverse)
If the word 'bushmen' its inappropriate, then I guess it shouldn't be
mentioned even in the article, even if the title is changed to 'San people'
Rexford | Africa Center | wikiafrica.net
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On Jan 16, 2014 10:12 AM, "Helen Riding" <helenriding(a)mweb.co.za>
Hi, this is my first mailing to this list so I hope it's appropriate.
I have proposed a move from the "Bushmen" Wikipedia article title to
"San people". If you have not already done so, please participate in the move
discussion so we can reach a consensus.
The last discussion took place almost two years ago with little participation despite
numerous complaints posted on the article talk page. I spent some time researching the
facts and improving the nomenclature section of the article so that people could make a
more informed decision.
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