[Foundation-l] To all non latin wikis please start blocking latin wiki accounts

Milos Rancic millosh at gmail.com
Sat Dec 23 05:24:54 UTC 2006

Transliteration from English into Serbian Cyrillic would make from
Serbian Wikipedia a completely irrelevant project in Serbia. The
matter of education is to transcribe the name, not to transliterate.
And we are not making a joke (such names would be treated as a joke),
but encyclopedia.

Maybe it is completely OK for one native English speaker to see "Qv",
but for native Serbian sepaker is a good joke to see "Гмаксwелл"
somewhere in the text. We are not able to transliterate "w" because
*our writting culture* is transcription based.

So, please, make a referendum on English Wikipedia, so other
communities would be able to know what *majority* of your community

On 12/23/06, Nathaniel Krause <nathanielkrause at yahoo.com> wrote:
> While this may well be important, it doesn't seem to be quite the same thing as what we've been discussing, i.e. whether usernames should be transliterated into the script that is local to the Wikipedia in question, not whether the result of the transliteration will seem correct in a given language. It may be that лл never appears in Serbian and Montenegrin, but nobody on en would object to a username containing "Qv", even though that sequence never appears in English. A topic which may have to be discussed at some point but which seems rather tangential right now is whether the Cyrillic script (or the Latin, for that matter) is one alphabet or several.
> Cheers,
> Nat Krause
> On 12/23/06, Milos Rancic wrote:
> Hm. In Serbian and Macedonian we are using strictly transcriptions,
> not transliterations. So, it should be something like
> English->IPA->Serbian/Macedonian. Howerver, the process is not so
> simple and in some cases we are using combinied transcription and
> transliteration, as well as somtimes historic names. The best examples
> are name Angela and surname Wales -- for both of them we are using
> historical names (not transcription Ејнџела but historical name
> Анђела; not transcription Вејлз, but historical name for the country
> Walest -- Велс). However, engine is
>  possible.
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