Arria Belli (Maria Fanucchi)
06 July 2007 19:54
In the lull before the storm (I move apartments on the 11th, Wednesday), I
took another long look at the requests still open, some of which I've been
reading up on whenever I could in the past few weeks. I hope this will help
get things moving again, or at least start discussions on the requests.
Before I start, I would like to point out Johannes Rohr's message on the
requests talkpage (
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Requests_for_new_languages ), in which
he wonders if we could archive some of the recently closed requests so the
page takes less time to load. I think he has a point, as besides the loading
time, the page is a bit... messy. ^^
Greenlandic Wikibooks - I would refuse the creation of this project. The
Greenlandic Wikipedia has hardly any activity and very few articles, and
there are no native speakers working on it or interested in the creation of
a Greenlandic Wikibooks. The request has been open since early March.
Rajasthani Wikibooks - Refuse. There is only one native speaker and no other
project in this language. Perhaps they could start with a Wiktionary
Tagalog Wikinews - A bit divided over this one. The Tagalog Wikipedia
doesn't seem too active, but the Wikinews proposal is intriguing.
Kurdish Wikinews - Ah, a bit of a delicate issue. I'd say no, because even
though it seems to have two interested native speakers, the Kurdish
Wikipedia is not very active, though it does have thousands of (short)
Bulu Wikipedia - Refuse. No interest in months (request in January, nothing
since then but a couple of comments), language in a region with little
internet access, though it has 175k native and 800k second-language
Cajun French Wikipedia - As I have said earlier, I'm definitely for
supporting this project and would like it to be opened soon.
Coptic Wikipedia - As stated by one of the people commenting on the request,
perhaps a Wiktionary would be a better first step, or a Wikisource (there is
a Coptic Wikisource proposal further down the requests page that seems to be
Ingush Wikipedia - Nearly no activity yet in the incubator, but I think we
could let its main editor have some time to write, as he says he will this
Mandinka Wikipedia - Refuse. No activity at all in the incubator, a language
whose speakers have little access to the internet...
Niuean Wikipedia - It would be nice if we could approve this request, but
I'm not sure if there would be enough interest in the project.
Classical Mongolian Wikipedia - It would be an interesting project, but the
ISO code question is still a bit murky, as well as the question of which
script they would use.
Min Dong Wikisource - The proposal has been abandoned, it seems.
Volapük Wikisource - Erm, a curious request, this one. A priori I'm not
against it, as the Wikipedia and Oldwikisource seem to have at least one
very dedicated contributor, but the amount of people speaking it is a bit
Armenian Wikisource - An interesting request. I would approve it, given the
amount of work in the test wiki and the Armenian-language Wikipedia. (Aside:
The Wikipedia logo on this wiki is a bit... nationalistic, I'd say.)
Korean and Japanese Wikiversity - Both stalled, which does surprise me a
bit, given the amount of internet connections in both countries. I am less
surprised by the Turkish request, though I do hope it will get off the
Haitian Creole Wiktionary - Living in a place with its own Creole, I wish
this one could be approved, but as it is it's dead.
Kabyle Wiktionary - Also very quiet, if not abandoned, and few interested
Nepal Bhasa Wiktionary - Very interesting discussion on this request, but
perhaps not enough interested contributors. The last time I checked the
Wikipedia RC, the edits there consisted entirely of TXiKiBoT adding
interwikis to pages on dates ([[August 15]], and so on).
Northern Sotho Wiktionary - Seems dead, only one native speaker, language
with very little internet access...
Scots Wiktionary - Being something of a celtophile, I can't say I'm
completely neutral on this request. ^^ But it does look like it would have
enough users interested in working on it.
Zazaki Wiktionary - I think we should close this one, as there seems to have
been no interest from the requesters for months.
Ahh, well... I said rather a lot, didn't I? Apologies for the long e-mail
and for any painfully obvious n00b mistakes. -__-