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

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Tue Jan 30 11:36:28 UTC 2007

David Gerard schreef:
> On 29/01/07, Gerard Meijssen <gerard.meijssen at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Do you really believe that people remember who they worked with last
>> year on an article? Given the sheer multitude of people only a tiny core
>> of people are known. They are the "power users" of a project.
> Actually, to a large extent they do. Remember that most articles in
> en:wp have been shown (Greg Maxwell ran the numbers in January 2006)
> to be largely written by only a few users.
>> Come on, so you can call them thingybobs, the right name for this
>> attitude is discrimination. People are demanding things; they want to be
>> known by their own user ID.
> I remember that you were the sole voice against having them
> identifiable to other users who did not happen to be able to read that
> script.
> It is not realistic to require of all editors on the English Wikipedia
> to be able to read every script in all of Unicode to be able to work
> with others on a project written in a Latin script language.
> - d.
I do not have a problem to be a lonely voice that identifies 
discrimination where I see it. I prefer to be seen as someone who does 
make himself heard than someone who mutters in the background.

What you call unrealistic is basically something that is something that 
people do not do anyway. People on the English Wikipedia can read my 
name easily enough, they cannot pronounce it properly, they do not know 
if there is a meaning to my name. The only thing they need to do is 
register that the characters in my name exist. That is all that is required.

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