13 August 2008 08:06
According to this message the eligibility of fa.wikinews only depended
on one of us changing the status to elegible
so I did it.
I never answered to anybody privately speaking for langcom without
sending a copy of the message here or first of all asking its members
and it is by chance that I saw this message because I am a member of the
If we are not informed about actions which are within the realm of
langcom and we are used this is very bad for our credibility.
The right wording for the mail about fa or pes would have been:
I am against using fa. for wikinews and therefore langcom cannot decide
for it being eligible, because that would have been the truth of facts.
But by having that message public, we are in a very weird situation.
I was assured to get a lot of trouble because of me becoming active now:
ok, so here it comes, get me trouble.
Btw. I was informed that there was a discussion going on on the WLDC
blog - I did not read it, because it is outside the WMF. Of course I am
not against the WLDC discussing about the better language code for
Persian projects - after that WLDC, which has a representative among the
Advisory Board Members of the WMF can request a language code change for
the whole of the Persian projects with the board - it is not going to be
the langcom to decide on language code changes, that is none of our
Please put one thing in your head: we are the langcom of the Wikimedia
Foundation and not of any other board or foundation - I also have my
very neat private discussions with sil for different organisations, but
I never take these in here, because if so: I first of all have to ask
them if their statements are also made for being forwarded to WMF
langcom. When we, as langcom, have questions to sil I always use my
wikimedia.org address, so that these are official. If we wear "several
hats" we should make sure that we do not mix these.
Yes, I contacted Gerard privately and told him that I would do. I am not
going to publish the private conversation, nor I am going to discuss
Thank you for your time.