[Foundation-l] English Wikipedia ethnocentric policy affects other communities
messedrocker at gmail.com
Wed Dec 20 12:06:04 UTC 2006
Yes. Let's give it another 50 years for Single User Login and another 70,000
years for Stable Versions.
On 12/20/06, Gerard Meijssen <gerard.meijssen at gmail.com> wrote:
> It is not a matter of "you bad bad en.wikipedia admins". With single
> login there is no way this policy can be kept. Checking for characters
> that belong together is feasible. With a technology that will be
> implemented that allows for one user in all projects it is impossible to
> maintain that Latin characters are to be used throughout the whole of
> wikipedia. Suggesting that this is not to be implemented would be
> David Gerard schreef:
> > On 20/12/06, Stephen Bain <stephen.bain at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> The problem is fairly simple, people who speak only English don't
> >> bother installing language support on their computers, even though
> >> (AFAIK) it is included with all operating systems these days. All they
> >> need to do is get their installation CD out and turn it on.
> > The actual problem is similar characters in usernames (which I
> > understand is being addressed) and distinguishing bot-gibberish from
> > actual plausible names.
> > en: gets stupendous amounts of vandalism, and it's a huge amount of
> > botwork and semi-botwork just coping with it.
> > Saying "you bad bad en: admins, stop doing this" won't make the actual
> > vandalism problem go away. I eagerly await hearing responses on this
> > thread that deal with the fact that there is an actual problem this
> > was put in place as a response to. If ja: says "en:, stop doing this"
> > without offering a solution, en: isn't going to take a whole lot of
> > notice as the problem affects en: rather than ja:
> > - d.
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