[Foundation-l] [Wikitech-l] Primary account for single user login
h.schlottmann at gmx.net
Wed Apr 9 12:26:44 UTC 2008
Tim Starling wrote:
> 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
> use that.
ACK - a nummerical identifer would work too, but I agree that is has
negative connotations in some cultures.
> 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.
Would it be possible to add the option to change this alias with the
signature in the preferences?
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