[Foundation-l] Throwing some data onto the flamefest fire (was: English Wikipedia ethnocentric policy affects other communities)

Walter van Kalken walter at vankalken.net
Sat Dec 23 22:33:07 UTC 2006

How about starting to unblock the unjustly blocked ones. That would be a 
great gesture.


>On 12/23/06, Birgitte SB <birgitte_sb at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>>Overall there are fewer then I expected.. but there
>>>are not all that
>>>many in the blocked list that don't look like
>>>vandals... so..
>>Please be fair here.  Which of my 20 looked like
>>vandals?  How many non-vandals do you need to see to
>>acknowledge that people are being blocked just for a
>>non-latin username and not vandalism?  How many do you
>>need to see that are blocked with no edits to agree
>>that automatic blocks are happening to non-trivial
>>degree?  There were plently left on my list when I
>>stopped at twenty.
>I'm not claiming that there aren't valid users who have been blocked.
>You showed quite clearly that there are... (although there have been
>some vandals there too, some of the 'valid people' are blocked for
>vandalism on their home projects! :) )
>I was only saying that "There are fewer active users with non-latin
>names than I expected" but then balencing it with the fact that "The
>overwealming majority of the non-latin blocks are not to good users
>being blocked for using their names".  I'm not denying that some
>improvement wouldn't be good.
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