A few of us have been having a good conversation about the usage of dialects and minor languages in profiles names.
As the classic debate goes, on one hand, we want to represent the person as authentically as possible, and on the other, we want to allow the profile to be recognizable by as many people as possible.
Unfortunately, due to Geni's much lacking naming options, the choice tends to be between one or the other.
As curators, other look to us to set the standard. What are everyone's thoughts on this?
im in favor of historical accuracy, but e.g
I'd prefer it in greek, but as i use "ignore display name" i cant read it...
I opened a curator request:
Our ability to use multiple languages for historical profiles is hampered otherwise.
I can't access Erica's curator's request, and I am not sure I understand the problem.
On Alexios I, Eastern Roman Emperor I see the English name clearly visible above the profile where it says:
You are connected to Alexios I Komnenos, Emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
So I can see exactly who it is, even besides being able to read Greek.
(This is also besides the curator MP note)
Did I miss something here?
I cannot see the display name in profile view (even though I have "display name "enabled.") In other words, I only see the Greek name when I'm looking at the "about me" page. That's what I wish exposed and I opened up a "curator request" to expose the field in that view. A community request on help.geni.com wouldn't hurt if other people have the same issue.
You only see it because you have the relationship calculated. If you have *not* recently "pinged" the path you would only see the Greek.
Now that I did a path relationship I see it too:
Alexios I Komnenos, Emperor of the Byzantine Empire is your 27th great grandfather.
BUT that's NOT the display name field and it will go away as soon as UNcached (a week or two).
Now am I making sense?
I bring this up because its directly relevant to Victar's question about dialects etc. IF the display name is enabled AND the you can see the English (or whatever your language!) version, then it would make sense to do names in the original obscure dialect only 15 living persons currently read. :):) But without that ....
Oh okay, I guess we were misunderstanding each other. I'm happy with the way it is set up now.
To get this back to topic though, the real issue is the use of dialects. Occitan for example is spoken by a bit under a million people. The majority of them also speak French.
One option is to put the full name in Occitan and the display name in French. Would doing it this way still pose an accessibility issue? Is it worth representing minor languages and dialects?
Jason's point is being lost here. He has display names turned off (user option) so he sees only the Greek. Whatever standard emerges should take into account the possibility that users will choose among the available options. Or, another strategy would be to tell Jason and users like him that he has to turn on the display name if he wants to see the name in something other than Greek.
So I guess I'm seeing it the same as Grandad of Byzantium.
The best case scenario is to write his original name in the original language, particularly if that language / alphabet is still in use (see my caveat on archaic and it's just an argument in fact: I could see the other side of it).
Then the display name field can be used for a more findable / searchable / accessible alphabet; for Occitan I presume that would be French.