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CLDR Ticket #11245(new)

Opened 5 months ago

Last modified 8 days ago

Wikipedia handling guideline

Reported by: Marcel Schneider <charupdate@…> Owned by: anybody
Component: survey-backend Data Locale: All
Phase: dsub Review:
Weeks: Data Xpath: http://cldr.unicode.org/index/cldr-spec/picking-the-right-language-code#TOC-Wikipedia
Xref:

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I totally disagree with the cynism of this CLDR guideline:
http://cldr.unicode.org/index/cldr-spec/picking-the-right-language-code#TOC-Wikipedia

Wikipedia is also a great source of information, but it must be approached with a certain degree of caution as well. Be sure to follow up on references, not just look at articles.

There is really no point in maintaining discrepancies between the names that end-users may be accustomed to by reading Wikipedia, and the names showing up in the locale settings on their computer. Either CLDR is a UI database, and then it is to gather user-preferred data conforming to admitted orthography, or it is not, and then there is no point in maintaining the data. So whenever CLDR diverges from Wikipedia, there must be a strong rationale, and Wikipedia is to be updated consequently. If CLDR submitters know better, they’re welcome to correct Wikipedia.

Hence I suggest to reword the guideline:
Wikipedia is also a great source of information, that is expected to meet user preferences and is therefore to be synched with CLDR, by correcting CLDR data or eventually by correcting the Wikipedia article if it is erroneous. Be careful to check whether your corrections are accepted by the community.

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comment:1 Changed 5 months ago by Marcel Schneider <charupdate@…>

comment:2 Changed 5 months ago by Marcel Schneider <charupdate@…>

Sorry for having messed up the Data Xpath field (to be left empty by the submitter).

comment:3 Changed 5 months ago by Marcel Schneider <charupdate@…>

I wonder whether the following guideline wrt Wikipedia wouldn’t be appropriate:

Wikipedia is also a great source of information. To help ensure a seamless user experience with the products of CLDR users, CLDR and Wikipedia should be in synchrony. CLDR submitters are encouraged to edit on either side, as appropriate for the main locale or sublocale in CLDR related to the Wikipedia encyclopedia considered for synchronization. Be careful to check whether your edits are accepted by your community, in Wikipedia as well as in CLDR.

comment:4 Changed 8 days ago by mark

  • Milestone changed from UNSCH to to-assess
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