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

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Fri Jun 4 12:17:17 UTC 2010

On 4 June 2010 13:00, Austin Hair <adhair at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2010/6/4 Jon Harald Søby <jhsoby at gmail.com>:

>> When you are monolingual and are already on your
>> native language Wikipedia there isn't really a lot of use in going to
>> another language.

> What's more, when that language is the one with the largest Wikipedia,
> you're likely to find the most comprehensive article of any language.
> Pretty much every time I see a non-Anglophone Wikimedian look
> something up on Wikipedia, though, they look it up in their native
> language first, then look for a link to the same article on enwiki
> (where there's probably a bigger article by virtue of sheer size) or
> another language they speak (for regional topics; e.g. a Flemish
> speaker checking frwiki for information on a city in Belgium).

Can someone from the Foundation confirm whether any testing was done
with people who would actually be affected by the decision to remove
the language links - or only on people who wouldn't care? If only the
latter, then the stated reason for removal would be in serious need of
urgent review.

- d.

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