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deniko deniko August 18, 2020 August 18, 2020 at 9:42:52 AM UTC link Permalink

Has the possibility of getting rid of language flags ever been considered, and if yes, what was the final decision (if there was one)? I believe the ISO codes will do a better job.

Obviously, inspired by the Impersonator's post about the Belarusian flag, just didn't want to rain on his parade mentioning another possibility there, as these are two separate topics.

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User55521 User55521 August 18, 2020 August 18, 2020 at 10:01:03 AM UTC link Permalink

This idea is brought up from time to time, and it's usually dismissed. Here're what Trang says:

> «Removing flags doesn't solve everything.
> It only replaces one problem with another.
> Without flags, you'll have, for sure, people
> telling you they have a harder time spotting
> sentences in their desired language and
> protesting to get the flags back. Flags are
> one of the core elements of Tatoeba's UI.
> You cannot just remove them and expect that nobody will care.
> It is a design choice and yes, it costs us, once
> in a while, very intense and even violent
> discussions. But it's a price we have agreed
> to pay in exchange of the possibility to give our
> languages a visual identity. You don't have
> to agree with this choice»


> I believe the ISO codes will do a better job.

I personally don't like ISO codes because they're in Latin script, which is not really neutral.

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deniko deniko August 18, 2020 August 18, 2020 at 10:05:51 AM UTC link Permalink

Thanks. So, basically, proposed and dismissed.