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

Sam Korn smoddy at gmail.com
Thu Dec 21 19:20:40 UTC 2006

On 12/20/06, Andre Engels <andreengels at gmail.com> wrote:
> The policy  does exist, and the vigilante group that tries to enforce this
> is quite succesful in doing so, because they have admin rights on
> en:wikipedia, so people who do not keep to it get blocked from English
> Wikipedia.

This is more of the "big, bad English Wikipedia" mentality that
pervades this discussion.  En.wikipedia does not have vigilantes who
want to block all people who use usernames in foreign character-sets.
En.wikipedia has very dedicated vandal-fighters who sometimes cross
the line in how aggressive they can be.  This is unfortunate.
However, there are real concerns that you are completely ignoring.


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