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