[Foundation-l] [Wikitech-l] Primary account for single user login

Mark Williamson node.ue at gmail.com
Tue Apr 8 11:48:02 UTC 2008

My answer to this problem: get a better OS that displays Chinese
characters instead of squares and question marks :-)


On 08/04/2008, Henning Schlottmann <h.schlottmann at gmx.net> wrote:
> [x-post to tech removed]
>  Tim Starling wrote:
>  >
>  > I think the most important thing is that we don't put any unnecessary
>  > conditions on the deployment of SUL. I would like to see it fully deployed
>  > before I grow old and die.
> I know you put a lot of time into SUL and the foundation invested
>  substantial funds, but I am not convinced it is a good idea and should
>  be implemented in full.
>  My most important argument against it is the UTF-8-problem of user
>  names. With one global userbase we will have user names in Chinese
>  characters at the en-WP, we will have user names that look identical but
>  one uses a single cyrillic letter instead of the identical looking latin
>  one, and so on.
>  The first example is unavoidable, the second could be assumed to be
>  malicious and the user blocked. But how will you deal with a primary
>  user of the zh-WP, with a user name in Chinese characters, who starts to
>  edit on en-WP? Other users there will only see question marks or those
>  annoying little squares in the history.
>  Do you have already answers to this problem?
>  Ciao Henning (global user name: H-stt, home project: de-WP)
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