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

Brion Vibber brion at wikimedia.org
Tue Apr 8 20:32:53 UTC 2008

Tim Starling wrote:
> 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 
> use that.
> 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.

Sounds great to me!

-- brion vibber (brion @ wikimedia.org)

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