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

The Cunctator cunctator at gmail.com
Wed Dec 20 18:46:06 UTC 2006

On 12/20/06, Aphaia <aphaia at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> today a user on Japanese Wikipedia whose account is in Kana (a
> Japanese script) came to our Admins' noticeboard to request for
> chaning his username. He said he would have liked to do so because he
> had changed his username on English Wikipedia.
> I repeat again the English Wikipedia community should reconsider how
> shameful and discriptive policy they has about users' identity and
> respect of cultural diversity, and how badly it affects other
> communities. I am very sorry to see such a request fullfiled to our
> request page.

Although there are strong relationships between language and culture, I
believe you are off the mark.

It is not unreasonable for the English Wikipedia to have a policy of
Latin-alphabet usernames.

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