[Foundation-l] Sigh, problems with non-Latin usernames again

Rory Stolzenberg rory096 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 29 16:50:50 UTC 2007

On 1/28/07, Rory Stolzenberg <rory096 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Enwiki users are now trying to change policy so users with non-Latin
> usernames that don't provide transliterations in their signatures when
> they're told to can be blocked. Currently, the policy requests that users
> consider providing a transliteration, but does not require it. This came as
> a result of massive amounts of discussion that ended up in this change from
> blocking all non-Latin usernames. Now enwiki contributors are trying to move
> back towards blocking good faith contributors with non-Latin usernames,
> which will very likely create problems once Single User Login comes into
> effect. Will we block people who are honestly trying to improve the
> encyclopedia just because they haven't changed their signature to a Latin
> script?
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Username#Latin_character_transliterations
> --rory096

Note that pschemp, the user who created the proposal, has now proposed a
compromise, where the section is changed to "strongly urge" users to provide
a transliteration in their signature, but it is not required, so nobody will
be blocked.

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