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Proposals for closing projects/Closure of Amharic Wikiquote

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The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it.
The following discussion is closed.

Closed, as new policy is in place ("all current proposals will be made invalid").

Amharic Wikiquote is a project which is obviously non-viable and should be closed. Besides the Main Page it contains only three pages, only two of which actually contain any quotes. There has been no activity at all in the last three months. Therefore I propose that this project be closed -- Prince Kassad 17:15, 11 January 2010 (UTC)


  1. Support Just what is the point in keeping ignored and abandoned projects. —§ stay (sic)! 12:48, 14 January 2010 (UTC)
    One could argue that there is little point in closing projects that could see revival later. Tempodivalse [talk] 19:21, 26 May 2010 (UTC)
  2. Nothing at all has changed since this request was opened. No content + no activity = no project. --dferg ☎ talk 14:48, 20 September 2010 (UTC)
  3. Support closing - still no activity. When the Amharic community has the time to work on this, then we should restart it. Personally, I recommend they stick to just a one or two projects (like Wikipedia) until they get momentum going, then look to additional Wikimedia projects where there's Amharic interest (see the comment below about wanting an Amharic Wikisource). --A. B. (talk) 03:09, 17 October 2010 (UTC)
  4. FASTILY (TALK) 03:12, 21 April 2011 (UTC)
  5. Support No activity for three months. Should be closed. Vibhijain 10:47, 2 May 2011 (UTC)


  1. Oppose I think it is wrong to hold all language projects to the same standard. In fact I think this policy is a kind of projiduced against languages in developing countries. Certain languages have many users with resourcs and others have very littel resources and the best we can hope for is a started project by it self becoming a motivator for those very few to drop by and contribute what ever they can. Closing projects unless they are being abused is the best way to kill motivation. Due to other commitments Amharic wiki quote may not be the highest on my priorities list but I am always ready to give guidanse and answer questions to any one who is interested to continue from the small step it is now. Please do not close projects just because they have shortage of resources. Teferra 00:50, 17 January 2010 (UTC)
  2. Oppose I agree with Teferra in that not all projects should be held to the same standards. Obviously, the Amharic-speaking community on the internet is very small compared to that of widely-spoken languages. It also must be understood that projects other than Wikipedia (Wikiquote, Wiktionary, Wikispecies, etc...) in any language receive less attention compared to Wikipedia in the same language. This trend, which is hardly noticeable on say the English language, has a great effect on language communities with far less manpower. I believe that however small content and activity there is, having the project around serves as a motivation. For example, I myself started contributing to the Amharic Wikipedia when I saw it has been started. Now, after a few years, it has grown to thousands of articles and daily contributions. Elfalem 11:02, 17 January 2010 (UTC)
  3. Oppose Agree with the above. Has there been any effort to encourage contributions by Amharic speakers in Ethiopian communities abroad - in the US for example? Will mention on Afrophonewikis.--A12n 13:38, 12 February 2010 (UTC)
  4. Oppose Concur with above. I disagree with closing projects as a general rule, unless they are actively harming the WMF. That's just deleting legitimate knowledge, not creating it like we're supposed to, and I don't see the point in denying Amharic speakers the chance contribute to our knowledge base. Amharic is comparatively widely-spoken; Wikipedia informs me there are around 25 million million native speakers of it, which is easily twice as much as Serbian or Greek (to name a few). It's just unfortunate that that part of the world has little internet access. At the very least, this project isn't harming anything; I don't see a point in closing it, only to reopen it further down the road when interest is revived. Tempodivalse [talk] 19:21, 26 May 2010 (UTC)
  5. Oppose --Sarvaturi 07:52, 27 June 2010 (UTC) I agree with all said above.
  6. Oppose per above Kanzler31 19:07, 25 July 2010 (UTC)
  7. Oppose 25 million speakers, mostly poor, compared to the 10,000 affluent Irish speakers. Give them a chance! GavinZac 19:12, 30 September 2010 (UTC)
  8. Oppose The goal of the Wikimedia Foundation is to "empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally." This project might not be contributing as much towards our cause as the English Wikiquotes is, for an example, but it's not doing us any harm either.--Piast93 20:30, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
  9. Opppose - It's not doing any harm, can be revived one day (WMF is about decades and centuries right) and it is watched by the bots, the SWMT, stewards and global sysops. fr33kman 23:46, 9 March 2011 (UTC)
  10. Oppose --N KOziTalk 05:04, 21 April 2011 (UTC)

General commentsEdit

  • Their statistics page still indicates there are 9 active users. Could you explain that more? MBisanz talk 04:32, 12 January 2010 (UTC)
That's a big mystery. Since there have been only five edits during the last month, there cannot be nine active users, unless it counts account registration as activity... -- Prince Kassad 18:00, 12 January 2010 (UTC)
  • The project has a sysop, user:Teferra, who has been active on Amharic Wikipedia in the last two weeks [1]. I've informed him via Email and Wikipedia talk page about this proposal and I hope that he comments on it. Regards, --Church of emacs talk 20:32, 15 January 2010 (UTC)
  • I'm a bureaucrat at am.wikipedia. One thing I've often wished is that we had wikisource instead of wikiquote in Amharic. There's been several times I've wanted to put whole texts up in Amharic, but ended up not having any place, because I didn't want to use wikiquote, as it is generally for smaller quotes. Codex Sinaiticus 20:52, 15 January 2010 (UTC)
Well you can use oldwikisource: for your texts. -- Prince Kassad 22:25, 15 January 2010 (UTC)
I guess, but it sure would be nice if instead we had a separate URL for a wikisource, as for the other langs that have wikisource, with an Amharic interface that lets users type in Amharic alphabet, to attract Amharic speakers. Codex Sinaiticus 19:25, 16 January 2010 (UTC)
Codex, if you have numerous original Amharic texts, then we could try and get an Amharic wikisource started. Elfalem 11:08, 17 January 2010 (UTC)
Yes, this would be great if there are a few users willing to help out. Tempodivalse [talk] 19:21, 26 May 2010 (UTC)

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