Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Brazilian Sign Language

Brazilian Sign Language Wikipedia

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This language has been verified as eligible.
The language is eligible for a project, which means that the subdomain can be created once there is an active community and a localized interface, as described in the language proposal policy. You can discuss the creation of this language project on this page.

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A committee member provided the following comment:

Please contribute to the test project on Incubator. For LangCom: StevenJ81 (talk) 14:09, 24 October 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  • The community needs to develop an active test project; it must remain active until approval (automated statistics, recent changes). It is generally considered active if the analysis lists at least three active, not-grayed-out editors listed in the sections for the previous few months.
  • The community needs to complete required MediaWiki interface translations in that language (about localization, translatewiki, check completion).
  • The community needs to discuss and complete the settings table below:
What Value Example / Explanation
Language code bzs (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Brazilian Sign Language name in English
Language name Brazilian Sign Language Language name in your language. This will appear in the language list on Special:Preferences, in the interwiki sidebar on other wikis, ...
Language Wikidata item Q3436689 - item has currently the following values:
Item about the language at Wikidata. It would normally include the Wikimedia language code, name of the language, etc. Please complete at Wikidata if needed.
Directionality no indication Is the language written from left to right (LTR) or from right to left (RTL)?
Links SignWriting in Brazil Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.

Project name "Wikipedia" in your language
Project namespace usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace "Wikipedia talk" (the discussion namespace of the project namespace)
Enable uploads no Default is "no". Preferably, files should be uploaded to Commons.
If you want, you can enable local file uploading, either by any user ("yes") or by administrators only ("admin").
Notes: (1) This setting can be changed afterwards. The setting can only be "yes" or "admin" at approval if the test creates an Exemption Doctrine Policy (EDP) first. (2) Files on Commons can be used on all Wikis. (3) Uploading fair-use images is not allowed on Commons (more info). (4) Localisation to your language may be insufficient on Commons.
Optional settings
Project logo This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone America/Brazil "Continent/City", e.g. "Europe/Brussels" or "America/Mexico City" (see list of valid timezones)
Additional namespaces For example, a Wikisource would need "Page", "Page talk", "Index", "Index talk", "Author", "Author talk".
Additional settings Anything else that should be set
submit Phabricator task. It will include everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings. After creating the task, add a link to the comment.



Brazilian Sign Language has 3 million native signers and an extensive education system for the deaf. SignWriting is used throughout Brazil and continues to expand. I propose we create a Wikipedia for Brazilian Sign Language using SignWriting.

Adam Frost is currently in Brazil teaching a classroom of 40 students. He will be teaching about sign language Wikipedias, the MediaWiki software, and the Wikimedia organization. We have the test project started on Incubator (BZS). This training is happening in one school out of 20 schools that are interested in a Wikipedia for Brazilian Sign Language in SignWriting. -Slevinski (talk) 14:59, 24 July 2018 (UTC)[reply]



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No Wikipedias in sign languages please. Sign languages are designed to be signed and are ill-suited to be written down. Moreover, you can't make databases in it and you can't make wiki links. Imo, a much better idea would be to translate existing Portuguese Wikipedia articles into BSL and upload a video to the article. Steinbach (formerly Caesarion) 11:38, 13 August 2018 (UTC)[reply]

@Steinbach: Maybe we can print these sign languages' scripts on plastic papers, with a 3D printer? --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 14:27, 13 August 2018 (UTC)[reply]

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