[Foundation-l] Preservation of cultural diversity and minority languages

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Sat Feb 9 08:20:36 UTC 2008

Who is stopping anyone from working towards a comprehensive English
Wikipedia ? What makes you say this is happening? If people are not
contributing towards this goal, they are surely doing something that they
feel is of value. Are they, as a result, stopping you from making your goal

On Feb 9, 2008 9:04 AM, Jussi-Ville Heiskanen <cimonavaro at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 2/9/08, Yaroslav M. Blanter <putevod at mccme.ru> wrote:
> > I must admit I am lost.
> >
> > If the argument goes that every language is unique and that by keeping
> > every language inside WMF (let us forget about extinct and artificial
> > languages for the moment, they are not an issue here) actually helps
> > establishing the neutral point of view, then the preservation of
> > endangered languages IS a goal of WMF. Obviously, not a primary goal,
> but
> > a secondary goal.
> >
> > To me, if we say this is NOT a goal of WMF means WMF should not care
> > whether the language is endangered or not. It only should care about the
> > most effcient way to spread of the information. Just, you know, counting
> > bytes per unit time. Then, indeed, a question can be raised  why the
> > languages with the purely bilingual support should be supported.
> >
> > I can not really connect the two things. To me, they sound like mutually
> > exclusive.
> >
> >
> I think you are eliding a telling comment that geni made. Namely that
> we are as much about collecting information, as we are about
> spreading it.
> Please do understand that I for one am of the opinion that for reasons
> of comprehensivity, the english language wikipedia must remain a
> special concern, and for which reason the current swing away from
> an aspiration towards comprehensiveness on the english language
> wikipedia is to me a deeply regrettable developement.
> Jussi-Ville Heiskanen, ~ [[User:Cimon Avaro]]
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