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

rfrangi at libero.it rfrangi at libero.it
Wed Dec 20 13:29:23 UTC 2006

Stephen Bain wrote:
> I think it's horribly rude for the other admins on en: to be blocking
> people for using non-Latin characters in their username. A more polite
> approach would be to ask them to add a transliteration to their
> signature, that would satisfy many people.
> 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.

Generalizing the problem; if your username is written with a set of characters that is different from the one used on the wiki, then add in your signature a translitteration using the character set of that wiki.

Roberto (Snowdog) 

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