Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Sheng

Sheng WikipediaEdit

main page Requests for new languages (Wikipedia Sheng)
submitted verification final decision
  This proposal has been closed as part of a reform of the request process.
This request has not necessarily been rejected, and new requests are welcome. This decision was taken by the language committee in accordance with the Language proposal policy.

The closing committee member provided the following comment:

This discussion was created before the implementation of the Language proposal policy, and it is incompatible with the policy. Please open a new proposal in the format this page has been converted to (see the instructions). Do not copy discussion wholesale, although you are free to link to it or summarise it (feel free to copy your own comments over). —{admin} Pathoschild 22:02:02, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
Proposal summary
Please read the handbook for requesters for help using this template correctly.
  • Number of speakers: 2,000,000
  • Locations spoken: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania

  • we are still trying to get Kenyans to understand the wiki.
  • Sheng is a slang trnslation of Kiswahili (Swahili)

It is mainly spoken by Kenyan youth. For those who have issues with Sheng, accept the fact that even the Kenyan president, Mwai Kibaki[[1]]) speaks sheng... Mjienjoy!!! 60% of Kenyans are between the ages 18-30. Thats about 15,000,000 'youth'. 2,000,000 Sheng speakers is conservative.


  • Support although Sheng is a slang, slang is language. Oscarcwk 11:46, 25 July 2006 (UTC)


  • Oppose because it is a street slang with many variants. I have the impression that Sheng is broken Swahili mixed with any other language that the speakers know. It's not an established language, it's more like a pidgin in creation. -- Rasulo
  • On top of that, it is hardly ever written and the Swahili Wikipedia is far from flourishing at the moment. Imo we should focus on getting the regular Swahili Wikipedia up and running before even thinking of opening one in Sheng. Steinbach (formerly Caesarion) 10:01, 31 July 2006 (UTC)
  • Oppose. There's nothing wrong about colloquial language (->"youth culture"), of course. But encyclopedias generally use more formal language, for good reasons. Plus we don't do Wikipedias for specific age groups. --ARBE0 15:10, 16 August 2006 (UTC)
  • Oppose No to slangs --Taichi - (あ!) 05:51, 22 August 2006 (UTC)
  • Oppose. I don't think an encyclopedia in slang is going to work. — mark 09:08, 4 October 2006 (UTC)
  • Oppose Whalefish 13:48, 8 October 2006 (UTC)
  • Oppose till practically all wikipedias in 'languages' of Africa are dead, so it's what will happen to it + no test wiki -- Raghav 14:49, 15 October 2006 (UTC)
  • Oppose -- I don't want slang wikipedia forever!! Rakuten06 14:57, 15 October 2006 (UTC)