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Scandinavian WikinewsEdit

There is a proposal for a scandnavian Wikinews, but I think it will be a bit confusing if we are going to mix the three languages. I propose that we create three different Wikinews' for each scandinavian language, but that we have a very deep collaboration and interwikis between the different versions (if the Danish Wikinews has an article of the Middle East story, the Norwegian av Swedish can make an interwiki-link to the danish article. Plus: I do understand both Danish and some Norwegian very well since I watch a lot of Danish television, but I think that many others doesn't share my understanding. Any comments? Väsk 21:03, 4 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Please see my original proposal at the Swedish Village Pump. I believe it will be easier to mix the Scandinavian languages in Wikinews than in Wikipedia, and a Scandinavian Wikinews would have a much broader audience than separate Wikinews in the three Scandinavian languages. But your proposal is naturally also good. Perhaps we instead, while working on three wikis, could set up a common scandinavian "international" front page in addition to the national ones, with selected articles from all three languages? Wolfram 22:22, 4 Dec 2004 (UTC)

No common scandinavian wikinews, please. Although we understand each others spoken and written languages, the spellings and some words are different. It simply wouldn't work. Den fjättrade ankan 08:51, 7 Jan 2005 (UTC)
The "scandinavian international front page" from where you place links to the three different sites sounds like a very good idea. It could be placed on one of the wikis and have a redirect from Väsk 16:12, 5 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Shavian WikinewsEdit

I've considered doing news in the Shavian alphabet, but I'm not sure this is appropriate for Wikinews since it's really just english. If not, I'll find a place somewhere else. What do you think? WurdBendur 21:35, 31 Jan 2005 (UTC)

I think that having a Shavian Wikinews would be a great idea, even though a Wikipedia should probably launched first (there may be one already that I'm not aware of). There are two important factors to consider before launching a Wikinews in Shavian - 1) that it can be viewed by others, in that there are free Shavian fonts available on the Internet and 2) that you're willing to contribute a few news pieces daily. In relation to point 2) - normally five users are needed before starting a Wikinews edition, but if you're willing (and have the time) to contribute a few articles a day, then it would be OK. Otherwise, if there's only say, 1 article a day, Wikinews doesn't really work... Other than that, it's a great idea! Time to have more unique languages/scripts out there! Cheers, Ronline 08:17, 9 Feb 2005 (UTC)
I don't think I could contribute so many articles to Wikinews, but I could handle the Wikipedia, and there are others who may be willing to help. The Wikipedia wouldn't be a problem, though. I've already started transcribing the welcome page, which you can see at my Wikipedia user page. Fonts are freely available, as well. Unicode would probably be best for a Wiki, but it doesn't seem to work. When I previewed my edits, it was garbled. Would it be my browser (Safari) or Wikipedia causing this? I haven't tried another browser, but it's possible that mine just doesn't like Plane 1. --WurdBendur 20:26, Feb 9, 2005 (UTC)
On another note, should I add Shavian to this or another list? Or should I take it to the Wikimedia-L mailing list first? --WurdBendur 01:59, Feb 10, 2005 (UTC)
If you want to launch a new Wikipedia in Shavian, you should go to the foundation-l mailing list, I think you'll get the quickest response. Also, list it on the following page: Requests for new languages. This page is only for Wikinews, the Requests for new languages page is for Wikipedias. Cheers, Ronline 07:14, 10 Feb 2005 (UTC)
What kind of articles would be covered in a Shavian Wikinews, that wouldn't be covered in a traditional English Wikinews? What kind of people would be served by a Shavian Wikinews, that wouldn't be served by a traditional English Wikinews? Is the population of Shavian readers large enough that the Wikinews would make sense? If you're trying to show that Shavian is a strong, useful writing system, I think that you'd have more luck adding it to Wikipedia than trying to gather enough people for a news source. Chipuni 00:19, 8 Mar 2005 (UTC)
Surely the English Wikinews can be translated into Shavian quite easily, either by hand or by computer (using similar software as text-to-speech, which analyses text into its phonemes easily). Daniel () Check out Wikiscope! 11:13, 3 September 2006 (UTC)[]
It's a good idea. An attempt at doing this was running briefly here. It could be improved, of course. Marnanel 02:25, 21 June 2009 (UTC)[]

Yiddish WikinewsEdit

MediaZilla:05297 / bugzilla:05297 – "Create Yiddish Wikinews"

  • The creation of the portal of the future in an LTR (left to right) environment as meta: is a very painfull thing. Not only the directionality of the "content language" is the oposite; all textarea boxes are "the other way around" and contributors from Yiddish projects need to reconsider every key stroke when editing LTR here but also the namespace names and interlanguage / interproject links are missing / different.
  • As one can see from the work on oldwikisource:User:Gangleri/tests/BiDi/template/InterLingvLigoj available templates from the "local project" (here meta: / there oldwikisource:) the available templates can not be used / are not portible to the target project (because of directionality , interlanguage / interproject links). This work was done at the time the Farsi Wikisource was build.

begging to open nowEdit

  • As discussed today on IRC #mediawiki I beg for an exception and for allowing to start ‎"װיקינײַעס"‎ – "vikinayes" at the "target" url and build the pages there.
  • I count on your understanding of this special situation. Best regards Gangleri · Th · T 22:29, 26 March 2006 (UTC)[]
P.S. Beside this "copy and paste" is introducing a great amount of "invisible" general punctuation characters and valuable time is spend with debugging / faultfinding. This my experience from about 10,000 edits at various RTL wikies including the offline "Golem".
example: See what happens if a "hidden" general punctuation character is inside the Hebrew characters:

As discussed today on IRC #mediawiki I beg for an exception and for allowing to start ‎"װיקי‫נײַעס"‎ – "vikinayes" at the "target" url and build the pages there.

  • I want to voice my support to this. Gangleri is heavily involved in researching issues to do with right to left and left to right languages. He has already done some really wonderful work. I recommend that the exception that is asked for is made so that Gangleri will be able to test the issues to do with this in the Wikinews environment as well. Thanks in advance, GerardM 22:44, 26 March 2006 (UTC)[]


I have a question about the Bosnian Wikinews. How many more votes are needed to begin it. It extsits (with its logo/function) on the Wikipedia Bosanski. Some language groups have less votes and were able to start. 85% of the voters for Wikinews (Wikivijesti) Bosanski have 200+. (Kseferovic 02:37, 12 April 2006 (UTC))[]

Greek wikinewsEdit

We have complied to what is needed to create a greek Wikinews (5 users 3 of which active). What is remaining to be done now? --Alexignatiou 10:11, 22 May 2006 (UTC)[]


Somebody can risk the IP's votes? --Slade 00:31, 26 November 2006 (UTC)[]

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