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

Birgitte SB birgitte_sb at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 20 13:50:08 UTC 2006

--- David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 20/12/06, Gerard Meijssen
> <gerard.meijssen at gmail.com> wrote:
> > What Aphaia means is that people have asked to
> change their Japanese
> > name because of the insistence of the English
> project that people have a
> > Latin name. With the long hoped for single login
> this policy of the
> > English Wikipedia HAS to go the way of the
> dinosaur. It is unfortunate
> > that this policy is still active.
> Ah, got it. In that case, Aphaia may care to post to
> wikien-l or to
> the various anti-vandalism pages on en:wp where the
> policy is
> implemented ... not to a list which very few en:wp
> editors actually
> read, as I believe was pointed out to her last time
> this came up.
> That is: actually make a slight effort to convince
> the people involved
> by consensus, rather than appearing to demand
> top-down imposition of a
> new policy on a wiki by the Foundation. That trick
> is somewhat less
> likely to work.
> - d.

Why are you assuming there has been not even a slight
effort to convince people? 

That is: read the policy talk page

Perhaps before you criticize people for coming here
with a problem you could ask them what steps have
already been taken.  Then you will be better informed
to make reccomendations.  A slight effort to convince
people has had no effect.  If someone can come up with
actual numbers of people who are currently editing
en.WP as anons with non-latin usernames in their home
wikis, people might be more willing to listen.
Although at least one person does not believe it is a
hardship to ask these people to log out to edit en.WP.
 Information about how exactly user creation logs will
implemented would also help the discussion progress.

Birgitte SB

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