[Foundation-l] English Wikipedia ethnocentric policy affects other communities

\Mike mike_wikipedia at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Dec 27 10:04:57 UTC 2006

geni <geniice at ...> writes:

> On 12/22/06, Stephen Bain <stephen.bain at ...> wrote:
> > So we better train either the anti-spoofing software or blocking bots
> > like the one Curps had. If it can automatically block anything with
> > "ON WHEELS" in it, surely it or something like it can be expanded to
> > pick up swear words or recognisable patterns in other languages.
> Could. Less effort to shoot non Latin usernames on site than to use up
> our limited multilingual resources..

A number of times I've seen that people here are worried that large amounts of
vandal accounts could be created on e.g. en:wp by using non-latin scripts and by
bots create user names on a specific theme (or nonsensical). This makes me
wonder, does there exist any preparation for the day when someone creates large
amounts of accounts, all named after Italian words describing... "anatomy", or
Hungarian curses? That'd be, I think, just as difficult to recognize as
bot-created for a non-Italian/non-Hungarian speaker as the corresponding
nonsense user names in Arabic or Thai.


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