[Foundation-l] Please delete mo. wikipedia

M. Williamson node.ue at gmail.com
Wed Oct 6 00:41:49 UTC 2010

In that case, I think you and I have misunderstood each other. I don't
think a transliteration engine should be a precondition to mo.wp being
*moved*, just to it being *deleted*. I don't have any problem or
disagreement with it being moved immediately.


2010/10/5 Nathan <nawrich at gmail.com>:
> On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 7:56 PM, M. Williamson <node.ue at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I don't think it's right to delete content just because someone
>> doesn't like it without creating any sort of alternative. In addition,
>> I don't see how ro.wp community support would be needed if a separate
>> subdomain were used to set up such a gateway - it would really be
>> little more than a mirror hosted by the foundation.
>> All other cases where wikis with content were *deleted* rather than
>> just locked fell into two scenarios: content was replaced (zh-tw was
>> replaced by a conversion system on zh), or was in a conlang and was
>> migrated, sometimes by a 3rd party (toki pona, klingon, ru-sib).
>> Cyrillic Moldovan is a legitimate system that is currently used by
>> over 100,000 native speakers as a habitual language variety/script
>> pairing, there are a handful of websites written in it and it is used
>> in an official capacity by a de-facto independent political entity.
>> It scares me to think that we could delete content, with no
>> replacement in sight, for a legitimate modern language variety used
>> habitually by that many people in a defined territory (and potentially
>> in a diaspora, but that's open to debate and there's no solid
>> documentation that I'm aware of), simply due to the expressed dislike
>> or anger of a particular group of people.
>> -m.
> I don't think anyone has proposed actually deleting all the content.
> Even the OP is primarily concerned about the domain, not the content
> itself. My earlier proposal was to move mo.wp to ro-cyrl.wp and
> redirect mo.wp to ro.wp. If the community of the Romanian Wikipedia
> want to enable fluid transliteration that would be up to them, and it
> shouldn't be a condition for the WMF doing the right thing.
> Nathan
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