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

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Wed Dec 20 13:33:06 UTC 2006

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On 20/12/06, Rich Holton <richholton at gmail.com> wrote:
> Andrey wrote:

> > We talk about the English-language Wikipedia here, no? Other Wikimedia
> > projects allow usernames in non-Latin scripts, as best I know. For instance,
> > in Russian wikipedia, you may get a username in Cyrillic. Most complaints
> > are from those editors who have a non-Latin username in their national
> > wikipedia and fail to see why they can't keep it in English wikipedia. Best,

> Single User Login (SUL) _is_ coming soon. This means that someone with a
> login on the Russian Wikipedia will be able to have the same username on
> the English Wikipedia (just as an example).
> The question is, are we ready for this?

Yeah. I should point out that I do think blocking non-Latin character
sets is probably a bad thing, and the only reason it's now done on en:
is one way of dealing with bot-vandals. This problem will need
addressing sooner rather than later.

Are any of the vandal fighters reading this?

- d.

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