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

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Wed Dec 20 22:08:24 UTC 2006

The Cunctator schreef:
> 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.
Again we disagree here. I could not disagree more strongly. It is 
unreasonable and given SUL it will become impossible to maintain that 

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