[Wiki Loves Monuments] Record banner should be in idiomatic English

Lodewijk lodewijk at effeietsanders.org
Tue Sep 4 06:55:46 UTC 2012

Hi Pete,

if I may then give some feedback on your proposal :) For a non-native like
me thís sounds quite confusing. The first is OK (although I personally feel
'join' is not activating enough), but the second 'sentence' doesn't contain
a verb and that makes it very odd for me.

Since we're using the same banner at enwiki for all countries (I think?) we
should try to find a good balance here I guess...


2012/9/4 Peter Ekman <pdekman at gmail.com>

> I strongly suggest that you get some native English speakers, say from
> the UK, Canada, India or Australia to review the record banner.
> "Participate in the world's biggest photo competition and help improve
> Wikipedia!"
> It just sounds odd to an American ear, something about mixing formal
> words (participate, competition) with more informal words (biggest,
> photo).  I've also never much liked "help improve Wikipedia!" It's
> more understandable at first reading, but is pretty vague on what
> "Help" means.  You've got to be careful in asking for help or it will
> sound like begging.
> For the record, we'll likely use something like the following for the US
> banner.
> "Join in the world's largest photo contest! Historic sites, photos and
> prizes."
> Pete
> User:Smallbones
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