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

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Mon Jan 29 18:14:07 UTC 2007

If "common sense" means that discrimination is permitted than I do 
agree. When discrimination is permitted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a 
black veil darkens what used to be a more bright promise of a world. 
There are always ways to rationalise away what is not convenient to 

I do not need to tell you how I abhor your POV.

Matt R schreef:
>> On 1/29/07, 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.
> --- GerardM <gerard.meijssen at gmail.com> wrote:
>> According to the definition on the English Wikipedia, this is discrimination
>> pure and simple. It is an horrible idea. I am disgusted by it.
> This needs to be handled with some common sense.
> Wikipedia editing is collaborative and done in the context of a community.
> Accordingly, anyone who contributes to the English Wikipedia in such a way that
> non-trivial interaction with other editors is required should be configured so
> that there's:
> 1) Some way to track that user using a Latin name (or even number) through page
> histories and such.
> 2) a Latin component to their signature.
> It doesn't matter how this is implemented, but this should be a stipulation in
> en policy. Otherwise it's infeasible for your average en Wikipedian to
> recognise and distinguish amongst non-Latin users.
> -- Matt

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