Ethnologue User Community Norms


The Ethnologue is a scholarly reference work and thus the editors make the final decisions about what is published. However, registered users of the Ethnologue are able to participate in that process by making comments to the editors and by responding to comments made by others.   The Feedback pages are the place where these contributions are made. The user community is made up of a variety of people with different backgrounds and perspectives. While most interactions will be between a user and the editors, we do encourage lively discussion.

The following norms are provided to guide our interactions with each other.

(1) Be polite. Comments and responses should be civil.  Personal attacks and profanity are prohibited and the editors will remove them. Repeated lack of civility may result in your registration being cancelled.

(2) Be relevant. Your comments should address a particular topic.  We welcome corrections and additional data about languages and countries.  Questions are also welcomed but read the introductory material and the FAQs before posting.  Many questions are already answered in those resources. Frivolous and irrelevant comments will be deleted and may result in your registration being cancelled. Needless to say, advertising and promotional posts will be deleted immediately.

(3) Be alert.  If you post a comment, it is likely an editor will respond and it is likely other community members will as well. You can subscribe to any language, country, or region from a language or country page and you will receive an email notification whenever there are comments made about any of your subscriptions. You can view your subscriptions from your profile page. If you have no subscriptions set up, you won't be notified of any comments that are posted.

(4) Be thorough. Since community members are largely anonymous, proposed changes should be documented. If you propose a change based on published research, the entire community is best served if you provide the source of your information (a bibliographic citation).  The sources of other types of information should also be identified whenever possible. This helps the editors evaluate suggested changes.