Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Sonsorol

main page Request for a new language edition: Wikipedia Sonsorol
submitted verification final decision
Process-stop.svg This proposal has been rejected.
While this request has technically been rejected, in reality this is a request that has been sitting open or on hold for a long time with little evidence of a community coming together to build a project. If a community comes together in the future and makes a new request, LangCom would consider that new request without prejudice.

A committee member provided the following comment:

No content has been created in the full year that this proposal was on hold. It is therefore rejected as stale. For LangCom: StevenJ81 (talk) 21:54, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
  • 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 sov (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Sonsorol Language name in English
Language name ramari Dongosaro 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 Q13281 - item has currently the following values:
  • en label = Sonsorolese
  • native label (P1705) =
  • instance/subclass (P31/P279) = language, modern language, severely endangered language / Sonsorol-Tobi
  • Wikimedia language code (P424) =
  • writing system (P282) = Latin script, Latin alphabet
  • number of speakers (P1098) = 600

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 "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 File:... This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone Continent/City "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 (includes everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings)

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Hello everyone from langcom, with my Internet friends' invention I'm gonna request a Wikipedia for my native language Sonsorol, that's the Micronesian language of our lovely Sonsorol people! I've noted that there was having a Sonsorol Wikipedia but closed because of wrong place? So I now write this request in the correct place! Good day everyone, and wish you all support me. -- 02:22, 15 December 2017 (UTC)


  • Ethnologue says 360 speakers. The w:Palauan language, a national language of Palau, where all the Sonsorol speakers are, which has 17,000 speakers, has no Wikipedia, though it has an incubator for one. It seems unlikely for this to be successful.--Prosfilaes (talk) 21:24, 15 December 2017 (UTC)
    @Prosfilaes: This can sometimes have exceptions, fwiw this is an example: The Livvi-Karelian (olo) users are also having knowledge of "standardized?" Karelian (krl), but since the Livvi-Karelian Wikimedia communities are more active than krl users, we created the formal Livvi-Karelian Wikipedia, and still keep the standardized Karelian Wikipedia on Incubator. --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 03:28, 16 December 2017 (UTC)
    The articles you link to say that those languages have 30,000+ speakers. A language with 360 speakers doesn't have enough speakers for a Wikipedia.--Prosfilaes (talk) 04:07, 16 December 2017 (UTC)

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