WereSpielChequers, the different varieties of Portuguese is not the problem
here. It actually hasn't been a problem for a while. :)))

James and Adele, I am sincerely happy to know that WMF is not only aware of
it but also applying and thinking about measures to solve the problem.

Maybe opening large doors to Wikipedia is not enough. Unfortunately, we are
frustrating many users that come to Wikipedia and Commons expecting a place
to share their selfies and create profiles about themselves. Even though
they are acting in good faith, it is a pain to repeatedly delete files and
tell new users that they can't create an article about themselves. The good
part of dealing with a good faith user is that all we need to do to stop
them or fix the problem somehow is informing them the right. After knowing
the right, previous mistakes won't be repeated in most cases.

We are, however, doing that several times to several users. Maybe we could
use ways of reaching more users in a row with loud speakers. I believe that
if they are told that they can't upload certain files for instance, a large
part of them won't.

What if we use sitenotice with geolocalization to Angola? What if we try
reaching them through social medias as they also have free access to it in
some cases? What if we look for local editors to share Wikipedia
knowledge, communicate with press and engage other local editors to raise
grounds for generating regular editors there? That may be a hard one but
what if we rethink ways of communication and recognize that user talk page
is far from optimal to connect with new users? Sorry if that sounds naive
but I can't come with better ideas.

When I say we should inform them, I am obviously not underestimating people
of Angola and not trying to do some kind of "catechism". It is just trying
to improve their learning curve about wiki. Blocking is a desperate and
sometimes necessary measure but not a solution. Limiting uploads is not so
different though more specific, but actually even on Commons there are many
problems on editing too and not only with uploading.

A well deserved barnstar to the one with an insightfull idea about it.

Kind regards,

Teles


Em segunda-feira, 21 de março de 2016, WereSpielChequers <
werespielchequ...@gmail.com
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','werespielchequ...@gmail.com');>> escreveu:

> Is much of the problem about differing varieties of Portuguese? Last I
> heard the Portuguese language Wikipedia allowed multiple versions of
> Portuguese in a similar way to English - i.e. standardised at the article
> level not the project level; Though the editing base is much more skewed to
> Brazil than EN is to the US. Assuming Angolan Portuguese is closer to the
> Portuguese spoken in Portugal, then just as in EN you are likely to get
> some goodfaith newbies "correcting" spelling to the version they know. If
> so perhaps edit filters might work. Alternatively, would it be possible to
> do something similar to the Chinese Wikipedia and display different
> versions of Portuguese according to user preference/IP geography?
>
> WereSpielChequers
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