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

Sam Korn smoddy at gmail.com
Fri Dec 22 12:29:48 UTC 2006

On 12/22/06, Andre Engels <andreengels at gmail.com> wrote:
> How large is this mental whitelist of yours? If you have normal mental
> capabilities it will be hard to have more than 150-200 names on it. That's
> merely a bump in the total Wikipedia usage feature. The statistics of
> English Wikipedia seem to be down at the moment, but according to the
> Wikistats, German Wikipedia had 1000 'very active' (at least 100 edits in a
> month) and 7500 'active' (at least 5 edits in a month). Remember 200 of
> them, and you still will find a majority of those edits being made by
> active-yet-unknown users.

But you only need to associate a name with good or bad.  I know my
mind can remember more than 200 names and whether they are good or bad
users.  Or am I unusual?

> > So now, in order to contribute helpfully to vandal-fighting (for
> > instance) in a Wikipedia in someone's own language, they have to
> > install all world fonts.  Yes.  That will really encourage people to
> > join up.
> Vandal fighting is done by checking the edits, not by trying to pronounce
> the name of the editor.

True. But tell me that the name of the editor isn't a factor in
deciding whether an edit is worth checking.


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