[Foundation-l] [Wikitech-l] Primary account for single user login
tstarling at wikimedia.org
Tue Apr 8 13:33:06 UTC 2008
Henning Schlottmann wrote:
> 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.
I think the most sensible solution is to have a configurable
latin-alphabet alias for each user. Allowing it to be configurable means
that users whose names have ambiguous pronunciation can choose a
transliteration approximating the correct pronunciation, and users who
have a customary ASCII nickname for use on less enlightened websites can
The alias would be globally unique. It could be displayed in brackets
after the user's name in their own script, optionally depending on the
preferences of the local wiki and the user. So the Chinese wiki wouldn't
display aliases for Chinese users, and Mark Williamson could switch off
the whole feature and learn everyone's name in their own script.
Transcription tables could be used to provide a default for users who
don't know how to transcribe their name themselves. As a final fallback,
for scripts that aren't described by the transcription table, a number
could be used.
Is anyone willing to help find or compile transcription tables for a wide
variety of languages?
-- Tim Starling
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