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

teun spaans teun.spaans at gmail.com
Wed Apr 9 12:37:54 UTC 2008

This sounds like a good option to resolve the readability of names.

On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 3:33 PM, Tim Starling <tstarling at wikimedia.org>

> 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.
> 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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