[Wikimedia-l] conversations between WMF and non-English projects

Nathan nawrich at gmail.com
Sun Jul 29 21:57:58 UTC 2012

On Sun, Jul 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com>wrote:

> On 29 July 2012 22:33, Steven Walling <steven.walling at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I can see how you would think this if you're not involved with these
> > communities, but a clear majority of the active editors on Portuguese
> > Wikipedia are in fact Brazilian. The description given is not inaccurate.
> While I may not be involved in the Portuguese Wikipedia, I do have a
> masters degree in mathematics, so I can reliably inform you that
> "majority" is not the same as "all".
> The WMF tends to employ smart people, so I assume that whoever wrote
> that bit of the plan knew that that wasn't the most accurate way of
> describing the activity. So, my question to you is: why did they
> describe it that way? Why say "Portuguese Wikipedia’s top
> contributors" when "a selection of Wikipedians in Brazil" would have
> been far more accurate?
Can your masters degree in mathematics point out where in Wikimedia's
statement it said "all" or implied anything other than having met some of
Portuguese Wikipedia's top contributors? Not sure what the big deal is.

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