[Foundation-l] [WikiEN-l] English Wikipedia ethnocentric policy affects other communities
Robert Scott Horning
robert_horning at netzero.net
Sun Dec 24 23:10:54 UTC 2006
Ray Saintonge wrote:
>As important as vandal-fighting may be, and as dedicated as some may be
>to that task, it is also useful to avoid a police mentality where the
>innocent are victimized for the sake of catching the miscreants. One
>needs to accept that some streakers will run around the football field a
>little longer than others.
>The strict blocking policy catches too many innocents. The Earls of
>Efficiency who engage in such tactics look for technical solutions that
>allow them to enforce rules while neglecting mitigating circumstances.
>They make no effort to find out why something happened, and are no
>different from traffic cops who ignore assumptions of good faith to meet
>their quota of tickets.
>The block on sight policy needs to stop immediately. One needs to
>remember that the unintelligible user names are far less of a problem
>than intentionally misleading alternative characters. I have supported
>SUL ever since the idea was floated at least three years ago, before the
>conversion problems had a chance to multiply. It does require some
>adjustments of which I am technically ignorant, but I suspect that
>anglo-naval-gazing is more of a problem than what the techies need to do.
I was trying to think about how all this applies to Wikibooks, where on
at least en.wikibooks such a policy certainly has not been in force, at
least to my knowledge, ever.
Indeed, in terms of permitting users to use non-latin characters in a
user name, this user's account came up:
Not only is he "permitted" to be involved in the development of
Wikibooks, he was elected to become an administrator. (There aren't that
many admins on Wikibooks.)
I don't know how many admins on en.wikipedia have non-latin characters
that are like this, but this certainly seems to be an en.wikipedia-only
policy. I certainly had never even heard about this being done until
this current flamefest started.
Robert Scott Horning
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