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

Bryan Tong Minh bryan.tongminh at gmail.com
Wed Dec 20 21:16:22 UTC 2006

You seem at least as ethnic/cultural biased as others. We have a
saying in dutch that the pot blames the kettle for seeing black. That
is exactly what your reaction is.

As for me, I find it perfectly understandable from the community point
of view that en blocks all non latin characters, ru blocks all non
cyrillic characters and ja all kana characters.

I suspect that this is however not a very good solution, for nobody.
So I suggest that Guillaume Paumier's proposal be implemented.


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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