Gerard Meijssen wrote:
You are wrong. To me English is English I am
colo(ur) blind to what
makes English English or American.
You forget that there other types of English as
This is patently false. If you actually read my proposal, you would
see that both the proposal and the examples given account for more
varieties than just en-us and en-gb. The reason I focus on en-us and
en-gb is because that is where the greatest differences are. Most of
the other written dialects of English are substantially the same as
either en-us or en-gb, with minor variation in usage.
as I mentioned earlier when I am expected to do
the work YOU want
people to do, you can count me, and with me many non-native (whatever
English) speakers out, to contribute to EN:wiktionary. I have posted
these reasons before.
I don't think there was anything about my proposal that indicated that
editors will be expected to know all the regional differences and be
required to put variant words in curly brackets. The beauty of the
wiki system, you see, is that when someone comes along who DOES know
the word is a regionalism, they can add the brackets, thus increasing
the article's accessibility.
Besides, there are plenty of people who get bothered when they read
things written in a foreign dialect. Why not allow them to read
Wikipedia the way the want to?
You underestimate the problems with readability you get when your
proposal is set into motion. I do not think I will bother with editing
en:texts when I cannot easily read what it says. When people are
edititing a text, they have to read what it says. All this extra balast
will make it hard just to READ the article let alone edit it. So maybe
there are "plenty" people who get bothered when they read something they
are not familiar with but making it extra hard to editors will also make
for "plenty" people who resent this unreadable garble. An other thing
you miss is that with other ways of writing you get slightly different
meanings and your system CANNOT cater for that.
Is Wikipedia not a platform to make people come together ??
PS The USA and the UK should go metric. :)