[Foundation-l] Sigh, problems with non-Latin usernames again
matt_crypto at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Jan 29 20:12:13 UTC 2007
--- Gerard Meijssen <gerard.meijssen at gmail.com> wrote:
> When people are treated differently based on their language, it is most
> definitely wrongful discrimination.
No, it's not. If I started replying to you in Swahili, you'd answer, if you
answered at all, quite differently to if I had used English. (Making the
assumption that you don't speak Swahili, of course). So you'd treat me
differently based on my language. Would that be wrongful discrimination? No --
it's that you don't understand what I'm saying. This is the issue with
non-Latin usernames: they can't be "understood" by all English speakers in the
ways that usernames need to be "understood" for Wikipedia to function.
> And it does not occur to me that the
> English language Wikipedia has a right to discriminate people because of
> their name not being English
We can rightfully require that they choose a Latin transliteration of their
name and use that (or something else) if they are going to be doing stuff that
requires interacting with an English-speaking community working on an
> But seriously, Wikipedia is pre-dominantly white, women have a problem with
> the attitude of some.
These are serious issues, but I don't think a policy about what character sets
can be used in handles is really comparable.
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