OK, as I was editing around in zh.wikipedia.org
and having talked to some
people, I've come to realize that it's in the best interest of the China,
Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc communities to share one portal as it's important to
share knowledge and views with each other to better understand each other.
Just as China itself is wide and varied in culture and customs, the
simplified script unifies the nation.
Also, from what I've been told, some people are currently working on some
kind of conversion tool that will enable the automatic interchangeable
conversion between Simplified vs Traditional script. Because of this I have
decided to stop or try to engage as little as possible in updating articles
as until the implementation of the conversion tool is in effect on
I was also told not to create seperate articles in Traditional chinese as
two versions of the same article is not in the interest of the community,
but rather having one version of an article that can be accessed and edited
by anyone in either Simplified or Traditional script. The conversion tool
will then do the work to display the script on the end user's screen
according to their preference of either script.
In response to:
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 19:07:48 +0800
From: Andrew Lih <andrew.lih(a)gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Wikipedia-l] zh-tw.wikipedia.org
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Please, no. We've discussed this in several places recently, but:
1) The ZH community has kept it consolidated to keep critical mass together
2) Doing so will make a future technical solution easier to implement
3) It's not a good time anyway, since the ZH accessibility is in flux
from the PRC
-Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado)
On Fri, 18 Jun 2004 10:48:29 +0000, Ian Mackinnon
I don't know how to reply to the list thread but I really like Mark's idea
about splitting zh.wikipedia.org
. This would really solve the problem of navigation
conflicts. I wasn't suggesting this for political reasons but for practical
reasons since the writing scripts conflict with each other.
Whoever is able to split the portal into 2 categories, please do so.
Interlanguage links are already done with [[zh-tw:]] and [[zh-cn:]], so
perhaps we could simply split zh.wikipedia.org
, with zh.wikipedia.org
being a disambiguating
portal? Of course, this is more up to Chinese-speakers than it is to
myself; just a suggestion that would be consistent with our current
usage. Having separate interlanguage links going to one encyclopedia
that is effectively written in a mixture of two writing systems that are
often not mutually intelligible is more than a little bit odd.
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