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This article is a study of the debate about whether or not "(en-US)" should be added to the title of English articles on TechNet Wiki. The discussion based on this article will result in a Code of Conduct guideline so that we can maintain consistency.

The consensus is that regardless of the decision made, we should definitely allow and encourage the usage of the tag "en-US" on English articles. This way we can filter on articles that are in English, including filtering on multiple tags (such as "en-US" and "Windows Server 2008 R2").

Reasons to Add "(en-US)" to the Article Title


What This Decision Would Require

  1. For consistencies sake, we should add it to every English article (over 6,000 total).

Reasons to Not Add "(en-US)" to the Article Title

  1. Although we currently host many languages in TechNet Wiki, the current plan is to build language-specific instances of TechNet Wiki (when migrating the articles to their own language-specific versions of TechNet Wiki, we will likely remove all the language codes from the titles). We would create language-specific versions in order to build stronger communities around each language and to make search and browsing a better experience, Since that is the case, this Wiki site is the English version of the Wiki, and thus, it doesn't make as much sense to mark all the English titles.
  2. Some articles already have long titles, and many people don't want to make the articles longer. (This argument exists for all language codes.)
  3. Including the language code in the title is distracting from the subject matter of the title. (This argument exists for all language codes.)
  4. It would be more difficult to implement the decision of adding "(en-US)" to every article. It would take longer to add it to all the articles (6,000 plus), it would take longer to enforce it (many of the new articles won't include it), and many people would push back (as they already have) by disagreeing and by removing it from their own articles.  

NOTE: Currently, some people are removing it anyway, once it is added to their articles. This is simply because they don't like it.

What This Decision Would Require

  1. We need to stop adding "(en-US)" to English titles. 
  2. We need to remove "(en-US)" from existing English titles.

NOTE: This can be done over time (there's no rush).

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