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

David Strauss david at fourkitchens.com
Tue Dec 26 15:12:04 UTC 2006

I disagree. If that were the case, real names would not be helpful for
distinguishing people because they are non-unique, but we use real names
every day for distinguishing people. Barring the database side, the
policy for a wiki isn't made for determinism; it's made for
probabilistic outcome. It's unlikely -- except under intention of
deception -- that transliterations would collide in a particularly area
(article, talk page, wikiproject, etc.). It's not like the database will
use the transliterations for identification.

Moreover, we could always append a number to colliding transliterations
to made actual collisions impossible.

GerardM wrote:
> Hoi,
> When transliterations are used, there is no reason why these would be
> unique. Thereby it is a scheme that does not help for this purpose. Another
> reason is that people can create that is the same as the transliterations..
> Thanks,
>      GerardM
> On 12/26/06, Ray Saintonge <saintonge at telus.net> wrote:
>> 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.
>>> Slovenian and Latvian are also strictly alphabetic-phonetic and even
>>> those languages are written in Latin script, people may demand
>>> transcription, not transliteration.
>>> So, keep in mind that asking for transcriptions in English means
>>> opening Pandora's box on other projects.
>> Although transliterations may be a flawed process for representing
>> names.  Such transliterations could be viewed as quick fixes that the
>> person affected could easily edit into a correct form.
>> Ec
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