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

geni geniice at gmail.com
Fri Dec 22 00:03:26 UTC 2006

On 12/21/06, Yann Forget <yann at forget-me.net> wrote:
> Yes, one big part of the  problem goes away: that to find out if the user
> is a vandal or a known user on some other wikis.
> If I understand GerardM's explanations correctly, it will be possible to
> easily find out on which wikis this user has edits, so you will know if
> it is a new account or not.

Sleeper accounts are a common tactic so age means little.

> Beside that, don't you think that the English Wikipedia is not the only
> wikis in which most of the users can't understand non Latin scripts?
> Actually as the English Wikipedia is much more international than other
> languages wikis, it is propably the opposite, i.e. there are many
> editors on the English Wikipedia whose mother tongue is not English,
> compared to other European languages where there are very few editors
> whose mother tongue is the language of the wiki.
> But yet no other Wikipedia has created or applied such a policy.

No other wikipedia could survive the level of continious attacks en
has to deal with for a non trivial length of time.


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