[Foundation-l] Language Prevention Committee created

Andre Engels andreengels at gmail.com
Tue Mar 27 10:55:23 UTC 2007

2007/3/27, GerardM <gerard.meijssen at gmail.com>:

> The new policy does not deal with the mess that exists as a consequence of
> not having this policy in the past. Mark's argument is based on things
> that
> happened before the policy came into effect.

And how are these things 'a mess'? That's what I want to know from you. Why
does this policy exist? What problem does it solve? Apparently  before this
policy was in effect, some Wikipedias were created that would not have been
created in that form had this policy been in effect. What has gone so
terribly wrong in there that you'd rather put the languages on hold than
have that happen again?

Solving the mess is what we do want to address .. so far there have been two
> languages provided with their initial messages in MediaWiki... We are
> working on a solution for all issues but it does take a lot of work. For
> one
> of the pieces of the puzzle we have been told to wait until Brion has
> rolled
> out single login. We have explicitly asked for some priority because this
> is
> an important issue to us. I have had information from Brion and from
> within
> the board of trustees that our issues do not have priority.

And what are those issues you have to work on? Why are they blocking the
creation and implementation of new message files when existing languages
happily live on with their existing message files and MediaWiki namespaces?

As it does not have priority for the WMF, we are in a state of limbo with
> many of these issues. New languages do not have any priority. I would like
> to see that the support of languages in MediaWiki does have priority.

Should not YOU be the one to have a priority with new languages instead of
with putting pressure on other parts of the WMF to do what you want (and is
useful, I certainly agree)?

Andre Engels, andreengels at gmail.com
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