[Foundation-l] hiding interlanguage links by default is a Bad Idea, part 2

Fajro faigos at gmail.com
Thu Jun 3 17:39:52 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 2:24 PM, Austin Hair <adhair at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 8:50 PM, Gregory Maxwell <gmaxwell at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Who cares if people click them a lot?  The space they formally
>> occupied is filled with nothing now.
>> They were equally valuable as a marketing statement about the breadth
>> and inclusiveness of our project as they were as a navigational tool.
>> Concealing them behind the languages box also significantly reduces
>> discoverability for the people who need it most: Someone who, through
>> following links, ends up on a wikipedia which is not in their primary
>> language. Before they needed to scroll down past a wall of difficult
>> to read foreign language, now they need to do that and expand some
>> foreign language box.
> I agree with every one of these points, and want to emphasize the
> last—a person may be able to recognize the word for his language in
> another random language, but he probably won't recognize the word for
> "language" itself.

Maybe we should support the "Language Icon" idea:



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