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I was just wondering why we use British spelling instead of American spelling (IE colour instead of color, mould instead of mold, etc...) From what I've seen, LEGO uses american spelling and generally we try to do what LEGO does. It wouldn't be hard switching over, as I'm awaiting instructions from CJC asking him how to use AutoWikiBrowser. (Please don't make the bot for me, I've been waiting to learn this for a while :)) Anyways, discuss. Darth henry The Dojo Turtles! 03:05, December 28, 2012 (UTC)

  • We use British spelling because for one it was voted on, and also we do have a large British community here (no offense to any of you) who would find it easier to use that rather then American spelling. klagoerRollinglaughingsmiley.gifname that user 03:08, December 28, 2012 (UTC)
  • @Darth henry- Agreed. US spelling does seem to be what LEGO mainly uses, and would make things a lot easier around here. Would be great if a bot could do the spelling changeover on existing articles, and save us from a painful transistion. NightblazeSaber 03:10, December 28, 2012 (UTC)
  • Per NBS. I would have brought this up when the forum was around if I contributed to them regularly back then. --Berrybrick (Talk) 03:41, December 28, 2012 (UTC)
  • I'd be alright with using US spelling. It is what the majority of the world uses, and is considered the "en" language. (British is considered "en-gb", with real English at "en-ca" :D) Ajraddatz (Talk) 04:01, December 28, 2012 (UTC)
  • I'd prefer to keep British english really because I think it is much easier, and we have too many pages to change. Why not stay the same? --Czech 06:18, December 28, 2012 (UTC)
    • Because I am working on a bot.

Darth henry The Dojo Turtles! 14:38, December 28, 2012 (UTC)

  • I'd really want to change this to American spelling, as we have a many American users, including Wikia Contributors. This could cause a problem as some of the Wikia Contributors think the spelling would be wrong, as they're used to American English. We could change the pages with spelling, but that would take forever, so we'd have to use a bot, which would probably also take forever to program. It'a a tough problem.

Aldendan Knight Forever Knight Time! the question is: is or is not

    • From what I am seeing, it wouldn't be too hard.

Darth henry The Dojo Turtles! 14:38, December 28, 2012 (UTC)

    • Doing it by bot would involve typing two words into a box... ~ CJC 17:31, December 28, 2012 (UTC)
      • WHich box? Where? (I really want to learn this)

Darth henry The Dojo Turtles!

  • It doesn't really make a difference what we use. Its not like we punish people who spell stuff the other ways, we just correct it. ~ CJC 17:31, December 28, 2012 (UTC)
  • stay with british spelling, it is what we have been doing for the last period of time. TreSound (talk) 17:57, December 28, 2012 (UTC)
    • But if American is what LEGO uses, shouldn't we use it too?

Darth henry The Dojo Turtles!

  • US spelling actually eliminates several letters (like the "u" in colour, mould, etc) so it saves a (teeny) bit of time and space.

SuperSpyX Knowledge isPower

  • Think of all those nanoseconds and bytes we could save! ~ CJC 20:05, December 28, 2012 (UTC)
  • I personally prefer British spelling but that may be because I'm British myself so I'm kind of bias about this sort of thing.

SKP4472 Talk [[Special:Editcount/SKP4472|Special:Editcount/SKP4472 Edits!]] Welcome to Click a Brick! 22:33, December 28, 2012 (UTC)

  • I don't see a need to change the language used, if we are to use English, why not use 'English' English. The language is English anyway. Clone gunner commander jedi talk
    • But most of the set names with the word colour/color use color. DHBot (talk) 23:13, December 28, 2012 (UTC)
      • Always good to get a robot's opinion :P NightblazeSaber 04:10, December 29, 2012 (UTC)
  • I honestly think that it doesn't matter what LEGO uses - we are our own wiki - and we don't need to change it, we've used British spelling for so long, and more than half of the world uses British English. I heavily have disagreed with Knight's statement of using american, as just because more users here are American, shouldn't mean we need to change. I am heavily against a change. --Czech 04:49, December 29, 2012 (UTC)
  • We've always used British-English spelling. The users are accustomed to it. I think, in this case, we should do as we have always done. (And I'm American, by the way.)

Jeyo Lord VladekTalk The Forge 04:52, December 29, 2012 (UTC)

  • Oh, and may I add that if we change to American, we will have users from Europe, the commonwealth and other parts of the world confused by the change of language because of just one country which has more users here? --Czech 04:59, December 29, 2012 (UTC)
    • Per Czech.

Jeyo Lord VladekTalk The Forge 05:01, December 29, 2012 (UTC)

  • We could just leave a message (similar to the "New Messages" thing) and notify everyone about the switch. Like Jeyo (or someone) said on the Hobbit forum, it isn't about what we want, it's about what LEGO uses. (CJC already helped me set up the bot so it will be operational when it is approved)

Darth henry The Dojo Turtles! 05:07, December 29, 2012 (UTC)

    • (I said that.) yes, but does LEGO use American spelling in other countries? I doubt it. Spelling isn't as relevant as theme templates. And, like Czech said, America is just one country. Not all the others that use British-English.

Jeyo Lord VladekTalk The Forge 05:11, December 29, 2012 (UTC)

  • So, the main reason here (aside from LEGO using it) is that it confuses new American users? Well, new European users will be confused if we change, so I don't see that it makes a difference really. Neutral. -Cligra Join the redlink war!
  • How will it confuse new users? If they are new, then they wouldn't have known anything else. (And if you mean pre-existing users, then remember that we switched over once and it didn't create a big fuss)

Darth henry The Dojo Turtles!

    • But why should we switch over? To suit American editors? To me, that isn't reason enough.

Jeyo Lord VladekTalk The Forge 05:17, December 29, 2012 (UTC)

      • Because LEGO primarily uses American English.

Darth henry The Dojo Turtles! 05:24, December 29, 2012 (UTC)

        • Primarily in America. But not in other countries, I assume. And they make up the majority.

Jeyo Lord VladekTalk The Forge 05:26, December 29, 2012 (UTC)

          • I am contacting LEGO to see if they want to say anything about it.

Darth henry The Dojo Turtles! 05:34, December 29, 2012 (UTC)

            • First off, why would LEGO care what we do? :P Secondly, one reason I may agree with Darth Henry is that it would at least mean that the " Description" and regular "Description" sections would use consistent spelling. -- BrickfilmNut Productions!
              • So the descriptions use american spelling?

Darth henry The Dojo Turtles! 05:47, December 29, 2012 (UTC)

                • I don't know for sure, but that's what I'm gathering from this conversation. :P I'll check it now, actually. -- BrickfilmNut Productions!
                  • Depends on the country.

Jeyo Lord VladekTalk The Forge 05:53, December 29, 2012 (UTC)

  • I'd just like to point out that the whole "LEGO uses American English, so we should" argument is, while valid in theory, rather negated by the fact that the language you see them use varies entirely based on what language you are viewing their site/press releases/whatever in. If you're American, yeah, they'll use American English- however, if you're English, Indian, or freaking Urdu, the results might vary somewhat. -Cligra Join the redlink war!
  • Just so everyone knows, I sent LEGO an email asking them which they primarily use.

Darth henry The Dojo Turtles! 06:16, December 29, 2012 (UTC)

  • To be honest, I really don't care. Look at it this way. People who use American English still usually write articles using American English. People who use British English will still write articles using British English. No matter what we set as official, it doesn't make a bit of difference to the users, since we don't "punish" people for using the wrong spellings... So, in my mind, we should spend less time discussing this and more time doing something more useful. ~ CJC 15:25, December 29, 2012 (UTC)
  • Per CJC. Lets stop discussing and do something else. The current system works fine. I see know reason to change. (Also, per Cligra, if you were going to be really picky, you would have to use Danish English...) - nxt