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

The Cunctator cunctator at gmail.com
Wed Dec 20 21:03:30 UTC 2006

Um. I think a policy of expecting people to have usernames readable in the
primary character set of the Wikipedia is perfectly reasonable, whatever the
language, and nothing to flip out about.

Maybe you should reconsider your outrage.

On 12/20/06, Walter van Kalken <walter at vankalken.net> wrote:
> The Cunctator wrote:
> >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.
> >
> Then it wouldn't be unreasonable for the Japanese wikipedia to have a
> policy of only Kana usernames. You bloody yanks, limeys and ozzies and
> other anglo saxon idiots are so fucking biased about everybody needs to
> speak your f*******g language and nees to understand your f*****g
> cultures it is disgusting. There are more peopel around speaking non
> english based languages then there are people speaking the lingo. Learn
> to adapt to that. I can only predict the whining of stupid Americans
> about feeling discriminated when they would be requirde to login in
> Chinese on the Chinese wikipedia or Thai on the Thai wikipedia.
> Why the f*** should everybody learn your pissant of a language if you
> refuse to learn others.,
> Waerth .... extremely pissed off
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