[Foundation-l] What is on the back of the logo?

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Thu Jul 24 13:25:08 UTC 2008

Let us please first include for the scripts that are still in use. When
there is room left, we can fill the remainder with scripts that are no
longer actively used. Wikipedia is first and foremost for the living people
and their living languages.

On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 3:18 PM, Stephen Bain <stephen.bain at gmail.com>

> On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 7:29 PM, Andrew Gray <andrew.gray at dunelm.org.uk>
> wrote:
> >
> > So, thirty more to play with. I would like on principle for us to
> > include a dead system or two - even if we don't work in them, it's a
> > nice nod to include cuneiform or demotic Egyptian. I would have said
> > 'Mayan', but that's far too complex for us!  (Another dead system
> > which we might want to consider: Ogham, since it has a very nice "ui-"
> > character, Uilleann.)
> I think it would be excellent to include some scripts that are no
> longer in use. The logo combines the ideas that knowledge is diverse,
> by use of different writing systems, and that accumulating knowledge
> is an ongoing process, through use of the unfinished puzzle. I feel
> that historically important scripts that are no longer in use fit
> neatly into both of these concepts. To get self-important for a
> minute, the logo's also about showing Wikipedia's place as perhaps the
> latest evolution in the long tradition of accumulating and relaying
> knowledge, and including, say, something cuneiform would speak volumes
> in this direction.
> Priority probably should be given to incorporating scripts that
> represent as many of the extant language editions of Wikipedia as
> possible. This task is simplified to a great degree by the fact that
> many scripts cover multiple languages: the Latin alphabet, most
> obviously, but also the Cyrillic, Arabic, Devanagari and Georgian
> alphabets and Chinese-derived scripts. Throw in Greek, Ge'ez, Khmer,
> Armenian and Sinhala and you've pretty much covered all the
> Wikipedias. Add important variants of these and you've still only
> covered the front of the globe. There'll be heaps of room for
> important historical languages.
> --
> Stephen Bain
> stephen.bain at gmail.com
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