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

Aphaia aphaia at gmail.com
Thu Dec 21 19:47:01 UTC 2006

Sam, I don't think those vandal fighters act on a bad faith, but on
the other hand, editors with a good reputation at least on their home
wiki have been blocked due to their username and even not allowed to
edit anonymously.

They are astonished in blocking and perplexed rather angry. An editor
said "I tried to find why I was deserved permanently blocked but
couldn't find a discussion". After unilateral decision of blocking, no
discussion and "encouragement" of changing username, it is hard to
agree on that they don't want to do so, and it is generally not
pursuasive to argue "we don't want to do but we need to", specially if
alternative ways, like modified signatures, checking contribs and
alike are proposed and you reject all of those alternative.

On 12/22/06, Sam Korn <smoddy at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> --
> Sam
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