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UTC-5 This user's time zone is UTC-5 and observes Daylight Savings Time UTC-4 (c March 11 — c November 4).
en This user is a native speaker of English.
de-1 Dieser Benutzer hat grundlegende Deutschkenntnisse.
fr-1 Cet utilisateur peut contribuer avec un niveau élémentaire de français.
la-1 Hic usuarius simplice latinitate contribuere potest.
grc-1 Ὄδε ἐγκυκλοπαιδειουργὸς ὀλίγον ἀρχαίως Ἑλληνιστὶ γράφειν οἷος τ' ἐστίν.
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The Nielsen-Norman Group posits 8 stages of usability development, of which the first four seem somewhat relevant to en.wikt.

  1. Hostility toward usability: We don't need no stinkin' users
  2. Developer-centered usability: Hey, I'm a user! (WE ARE HERE, mostly!)
  3. Skunkworks usability: I'm too smart to be a typical user.
  4. Dedicated usability budget: (which might mean a respected cadre of admins and users with such a focus).
    The above are summarized at [1].

All1 words2 in3 all4 languages5

The ordinary-word meaning of this slogan is somewhat misleading. The following notes explain the qualifications:

1Not every word is included at all, let alone in a meaningful way. Obviously we haven't gotten around to all them. Attestation requirements exclude many. Due to the narrowness of our contributor base many languages are unrepresented and many specialized contexts are unrepresented, even in English.
2"Word" can include letters, numbers, symbols, abbreviations, proverbs, idiomatic expressions, some non-idiomatic expressions.
3Some "words2" could fall between languages. A multi-word expression borrowed from a foreign language could be non-idiomatic in its original language and thereby not includable in that language. It may also only be found in italics or quotation marks in running text in other languages, indicating that authors and editors don't think it has entered the lexicon in that language.
4See Vote on Serbo-Croatian.
5Translingual is not a language. Many non-words are better characterized as things. Things that are not words are not part of languages.

  • w:Jorge Luis Borges on Categories: [2]
  • 1650 August 3, Oliver Cromwell, to the General Assembly of the Kirk of Scotland:
    I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.
  • 1611, King James Bible, 2 Corinthians 11: 19:
    For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.
  • 1876, w:Charles Darwin, The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin: Including an Autobiographical Chapter, page 282:
    But then arises the doubt, can the mind of man, which has, as I fully believe, been developed from a mind as low as that possessed by the lowest animals, be trusted when it draws such grand conclusions ?
  • 1842, w:Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Sir Galahad”, in Poems:
    My strength is as the strength of ten, / Because my heart is pure.
  • 1958, w:Nelson Algren, w:A Walk on the Wild Side‎ (novel), page 312:
    But blow wise to this, buddy, blow wise to this: Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own. Never let nobody talk you into shaking another man's jolt. And never you cop another man's plea. I've tried 'em all and I know. They don't work.
  • 1600, w:John Marston, Antonio's Revenge:
    fie, 'tis not in fashion to call things by their right names. Is a great merchant a cuckold, you must say he is one of the livery. Is a great lord a fool, you must say he is weak. Is a gallant pocky, you must say he has the court scab.

Based on his own direct subjective and other experience, DCDuring is a fallibilist.

Things I favor in making Wiktionary choices

  • Economizing on user time
  • Making the first screen that a user sees have as much as possible of what is needed while encouraging the user to look for more
  • Not misleading users or WP editors (an important retail channel of distribution for Wiktionary)

Level 1 is an exaggeration of my language capabilities in any of the four languages shown in the box on the right.

  • How to give WT users access to generic names given trademarked names.
  • Improving the requested entries list by having some kind of structure for new entries designed to elicit more info from requester.
  • Improving the handling of those trying to make a contribution to WT for the first time.
  • Measures of Wiktionary success (search engine hits, click-throughs, etc.).
  • Wiktionary user data (demographics, interaction)
  • Accommodating dialectical entries.
  • Accommodating new terms rapidly.
  • Making entry pages more load with what users want:

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