Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Goan Konkani

submitted verification final decision

This proposal has been approved.
The Board of Trustees and language committee have deemed that there is sufficient grounds and community to create the new language project.

A committee member provided the following comment:

The project was approved. Settings, logo are still needed for
  • 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 gom (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Goan Konkani Language name in English
Language name गोवा कोंकणी 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 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 Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.

Project name विकिपीडिया "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 Asia/Goa "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.

Editing community

Konknni mogi 24 (N) (P)
Darshan_kandolkar (N)
John_Noronha (N)
Visdaviva (P)
Frania_pereira (N)
Pritam_barve (N)
Priyanka_kudaskar (N)
Ryan_Mascarenhas (N')

Relevant Pages

development wiki project (test project)
Previous request that got closed

External Links

4 volumes of Konkani Encyclopedia on Wikisource, which was donated by Goa University
Sunaparant daily online


  • 3,630,000 speakers in India along (2001).
  • Has a huge diaspora.
  • Rich cultural heritage.
  • Spoken in Goa and in the neighbouring states on the western coast of India (also known as the Konkan belt) – some pockets in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala.
  • Though Konkani Wikipedia was initiated in 2006 and has been in incubation for long time, it was only recently that there is a good amount of activity on wiki and a budding community of editors, of which I am proud to be one. It is due the concerted efforts by CIS-A2K, which partnered major institutions like Goa University, Nirmala Institute of Education, Dalgado Konkani Academy, etc. We are now proud to have a community of more than 20 editors. Various efforts are being put by the community to strengthen the existing lot and to expand the base of new editors on Konkani Wikipedia. Making the Konkani Wikipedia live will be a major boost for the growth of Konkani Wikipedia.
  • This request to make Konkani Wikipedia in Devanagari script live also comes with a request for the Language Committee to consider incubating separate Konkani Wikipedia projects in Romi (i.e. Latin script) and Kannada scripts. This will ensure that the rich diversity of Konkani language and the knowledge in all these three major scripts will flourish along with the associated communities.

--Konknni mogi 24 (talk) 16:50, 23 November 2014 (UTC) --Saileshpat (talk) 18:13, 28 February 2015 (UTC) --ব্যা করণ (talk) 04:05, 2 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Arguments in Support


Support Some arguments in support of making Konkani Wikipedia in Devanagari script live.

  • CIS-A2K has built 3 major institutional partnerships and the community is now slowly but steadily working along with CIS-A2K in nurturing these partnerships and thus paving way for sustainable growth of the community and development of the project.
  • The community has taken the initiative of organizing outreach events by themselves and a live project will help.
  • The community has also started consultation process and they have nominated people to attend and learn from other Wikimedia community events like Wikipedia Train the Trainer; Telugu Wiki 10; and India Community Consultation.
  • Readily available encyclopedic corpus in the form of Konkani Viswakosh to catalyze the qualitative and quantitative growth of Konkani Wikipedia.
  • There are many thematic project ideas the community is discussing during meet-ups.
  • Last but not least, the budding Konkani community is consistent with their contribution on Wikipedia, in spite of their busy course schedules, they come back to Wikipedia whenever possible. This shows tremendous drive that they have for Konkani Wikipedia. Making the Konkani Wikipedia live will only significantly boost this.

--Visdaviva (talk) 18:41, 24 November 2014 (UTC)[reply]

I'm endorsing this request. The stats look good, and this is the moment to seize the momentum and recognize the efforts of the early contributors. Asaf Bartov (WMF Grants) talk 17:27, 4 December 2014 (UTC)[reply]

Support I wholeheartedly support the openning of a Konkani Wikipedia. The Konkani is a rich and beautiful language. It would be very nice if this project would be granted in the near future. It has a rich repertoire of words, idioms and usages. And it is different from Marathi language. --Vaishali Parab (talk) 11:03, 7 December 2014 (UTC)[reply]

Support I am a native speaker of Konkani language , in which the evidences of written literatures are available since 1100AD. It is one of the ancient languages. Presently it is spoken by more than 4 lakhs people of India (Mainly in goa, Karnataka(manglore)& kerala) and Hence konkani Language must be given the opportunity to have its own wikipedia. so I support. Thank you --Darshan shankar kandolkar (talk)

Support I support of making Konkani Wikipedia in Devanagari script livefor various reasons.

  • Konkani is recognised as the literary language by Sahitya Academy (an organisation dedicated to the promotion of literature in the languages of India)in the year 1975.
  • Konkani is included in the Eighth Schedule of Indian Constitution on 20th August 1992.
  • Konkani has been made official language on 4th february 1987.
  • Konkani language as it is one of the Indo-Aryan languages and has all the potentials to be a part of Wiki domain.--Supriya kankumbikar (talk) 11:46, 7 December 2014 (UTC)[reply]

Weak Support I would support the creation of this project based on the languages long literary history, number of speakers, and its official recognition in India. However I will say that the project still has a lot of work to be done, though it already has 638 articles, I couldn't help but notice that some of the articles are written in Latin script, while others are written in the Devanagari script, and a few of the pages are partly still in English, possibly from bot translation. The project needs quite a bit of cleaning up, but there is hope for the project, I believe this could become a Wikipedia in time, based on the stats it already has a substantial community of editors, it just needs to be a bit more organized first. Abrahamic Faiths (talk) 17:30, 3 January 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support I am an active Konkani Wikipedia editor. It would be very exciting for all of us to have the Konkani Wikipedia (Devanagari) live. I and some other editors have done some outreach workshops and having the project live will attract more new editors like me. I hope this new year will bring us this cheer, soon. My fullest support for this. --John Noronha (talk) 06:39, 4 January 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support I am a Goan who's native language is Konkani. There is alot of essential information on goa which if made available in Konkani certain terms will be best understood which other languages might not be able to do it. and a request also to put romi and kannada script Konkani in incubator as certain Konkani speakers use roman an kannada script. I hope Konkani wikipedia in devnagri soon become live and i support it. --Frania pereira (talk) 16:59, 4 January 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support--NILESH WARADKAR (talk) 04:34, 10 January 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support-- 04:39, 10 January 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support Konkani is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India. it is the official language of Go, a state of India. I say "why not?" Give it a try. I hope they'll do good work. Best, --TitoDutta 11:37, 18 January 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support - numerous arguments in favour. Mentioned in Indian constitution, official usage, and large speaker base, without even going into stronger detail. My one misgiving is how distinct this "language" is from its neighbours.-MacRusgail (talk) 16:04, 30 January 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support The project is going to flourish as I see many dedicated individuals. --Satdeep Gill (talk) 17:50, 28 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support -Sayant Mahato (talk) 18:20, 28 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support i have seen some individual's hard work on this project. so they deserve more encouragement. --ਗੌਰਵ ਝੰਮਟ 23:50, 28 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support Konkani Wikipedia might be a great treasure to the wiki world, if it comes out of the Incubator. The passion of the individuals who are working for this language is great, a vibrant community indeed. -- Bodhisattwa (talk) 04:03, 1 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Strong Support for the proposal. The incubator project is very active so the project should live ASAP. Thanks  Biplab Anand (Talk to me) 05:36, 1 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support The Devanagari scripted Konkani Wikipedia would be a great platform for having a major chunk of knowledge that the natives of west coast of India possess. This will boost the Global Free Knowledge Movement. Also, this will trigger other Indian projects into active mode. --Rahmanuddin (talk) 05:54, 1 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support Konkani is mother tongue of Indian State Goa as well as South Western Maharashtra. If this project will start many people of this region will increase their knowledge base in Konkani by reading also by writing/editing it. --Guguly18 (talk) 12:23, 1 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support - Looking at Incubator RC, I see great dedication from several editors and I hope LangCom at least verifies eligibility of this project soon. Pmlineditor (t · c · l) 07:03, 1 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]

  • Support - I too hope this is eligible, as it has a decently sized editing community (more than most tests), and good activity. What's the status of the translation? Caliburn (talk) 09:40, 1 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support - Konkani Language Community is doing a very hard work in incubator.

Support I personally believe that Konkani Wikipedia is ready. We have already seen a lot of enthusiasm among the Konkani editors. I am sure that they are ready with a plan and aim to do some great work in the future. I firmly believe that the article-count is sure to go up in the coming days. The Konkani Wiki currently very much requires this go-ahead of the community. I am sure that the editors will start working with a renewed confidence once the Konkani Wiki is formally begun ie. comes out of the Incubator... :) --Mouryan (talk) 14:12, 01 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support It seems that in its present state the Konkani Wikipedia would receive a crucial moral boost if it is allowed to go live. This step is necessary also for the overall inspiration of Indic wikipedias.--ব্যা করণ (talk) 05:34, 2 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support कोङ्कणी एक उत्कृष्ट भाषा है । इसका विकिपीडिया में होना बहुत ही अच्छि बात है । भारतीयभाषा के भागस्वरूप इसका विकास अत्यावश्यक है । --NehalDaveND (talk) 09:47, 2 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support نیک تمناؤں کے ساتھ تائید ہے۔Ahmed Nisar (talk) 18:25, 2 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support Konakani being the State languaage of Goa, Must be brought out of Incubator. --Sushant savla (talk) 16:43, 3 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Support Active contributors, fast reaction to request to translate mediawiki most-used messages, no reason to not bring out the Incubator. Amqui (talk) 23:31, 22 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]


  • This request currently doesn't respect the Language proposal policy because there is no MediaWiki locale for the proposed language.
    • Please translate more at translatewiki:Portal:gom so that the locale can be created.
    • I would also be curious to know why you asked about Devanagari script, when Ethnologue mentions Kannada and no Devanagari: ; if Ethnologue is wrong, please confirm you've reported the error to them.
    • Finally, why ask a separate Wikipedia for gom-latn? Would a language converter suffice, as on the Serbian Wikipedia between Cyrillic and Latin? --Nemo 08:55, 21 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Nemo, The community was working on Devanagari script with gom-deva as primary language for the request. See translations. Other scripts are not requested at this point of time and may be added later. So it is a request for a wiki with primary and one content language code as gom-deva. Since the devangari is being promoted as primary script, there is a discussion whether the gom can fallback to gom-deva and have domain as See There were several discussion about whether a language converter is possible or not. You can see the notes here. Thanks --Santhosh.thottingal (talk) 12:28, 28 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Please can we import the the Latin script articles too? As far as I can see, the LangCom approval doesn't say anything about being only for Devanagari. The localisations for gom-latn are 100% for 'MediaWiki (most important messages)' and 18% for 'MediaWiki (core)'.The Discoverer (talk) 04:17, 19 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]
It's great that the localization are ready. But those are only one criterion for leaving the Incubator. Another is evidence of sustained editing activity by a core group. Such evidence is available for Devanagari Konkani; can you demonstrate this for Latin Konkani as well? Asaf (WMF) (talk) 05:38, 19 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]
How can we measure that, Asaf? The category [1] shows 1023 Devanagari pages, while a search for 'ani', which means 'and' in Konkani shows up 729 pages. Not a big difference, imho. It would be really unfair to contributors in the Latin script if their articles are excluded without good reason. After all, it's one language, and transliteration is not difficult.The Discoverer (talk) 07:13, 19 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Also see T93359. Nothing has imported yet btw, all pages under Wp/gom will be imported into gomwiki by MF-Warburg I guess. Mjbmr (discussioncontribs) 07:32, 19 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]
See incubator:Incubator:Site creation log#2015. I assume MF-Warburg will be importing everything eventually. When he posts at that page that he's finished, you can check to see if he got everything. - dcljr (talk) 02:54, 20 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Request to the community and to LangCom to include the Latin script articles


I realised later that the proposal had been for a Devanagari Wikipedia, and LangCom had therefore approved a Devanagari Wikipedia. I'm sorry that I saw this proposal after it had been approved and I'm bringing this up at such a late stage. However, most of the arguments put forward in support of Devanagari Konkani also hold true for the en:Konkani in the Latin script:

  • Heritage: The Latin script has been used for Konkani since the 16th century and the earliest Konkani literature existing today is in the Latin script.
  • Institutional support: 'The first and foremost objective of the en:Dalgado Konknni Akademi is to promote Konkani language in Roman script'
  • Community activity: Events organised by CIS-A2K
  • Editing community: Several editors like Konknni mogi 24, Rosario Fernandes, Ryan mascarenhas, Pratapnaiksj, Melissa Simoes, Lindon Sequeira, Marylyn, and Durrel, among others have actively edited Latin script articles in the past few months.
  • Localisation:The localisations for gom-latn are 100% for 'MediaWiki (most important messages)' and 18% for 'MediaWiki (core)'.
  • Script converter: I think Konkani Wikipedia should have a Devanagari-Latin script converter. The orthographies exist for all three scripts (Devanagari, Latin and Kannada), so I don't think building a script converter will be difficult. I am interested to work on this. But the Latin script articles are mostly of different topics than the Devanagari script ones, so we will miss these if and when we have a script converter.
  • Related discussion: This is an old, but related discussion.

Hence, I propose that the Latin script articles be imported too, unless there is a good reason not to. The Discoverer (talk) 06:04, 24 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]

The Discoverer so, you are talking about generic Konkani and not Goan Konkani? Mjbmr (discussioncontribs) 07:32, 24 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]
I am referring throughout to Goan Konkani with the ISO code gom. The Discoverer (talk) 07:47, 24 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]
The Discoverer OK. Use this tool to convert the transcript of Latin articles. Mjbmr (discussioncontribs) 08:58, 24 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Mjbmr, I think there are two problems with using Konkanverter: first, we will lose the edit history, and second, there are over 700 Latin script articles.
Why not have a dual script Wikipedia? The Discoverer (talk) 11:15, 24 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]
It does already not work on az:. --MF-W 22:48, 25 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]
But I think that az: is about Arabic-Latin, while this is about Devanagari-Latin. The Discoverer (talk) 08:57, 26 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]
The Discoverer See an example I made, does the extra tab helps? Mjbmr (discussioncontribs) 09:32, 26 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Yes, Mjbmr, I can't believe we already have a rudimentary script converter! :) The resulting latin text is far from perfect at present, but I think this shows that this is possible. Can I create a wmflabs login and help out? The Discoverer (talk) 10:32, 26 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]
The Discoverer You can create any page on my test wiki you want to test it out and point me any issue that it might have? Mjbmr (discussioncontribs) 10:51, 26 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]



As per, language committee and board has no objections on proceeding with creating wikipedia. To proceed with technical steps, can somebody fill the settings table on top of this page? Especially the logo, namespace translation etc? --Santhosh.thottingal (talk) 09:54, 18 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]

This is the logo created for Konkani Wikipedia : --Konknni mogi 24 (talk) 06:30, 25 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]