Translation tool edit

The Wikipedia translation tool I wrote is now available for everyone to use. Please discuss below.

Hi my name is Joshua Nkuna, I am a Translator, I am interested in your program I hope it will be useful for traslators and people in general.

Translation tool edit

Thanks for responding to my messages. It's nice to run into someone else interested in machine translation!

I would like to work towards a vision for machine translation such as I describe on User:Coppertwig/Wikiglotbot. Your translation tool can be seen as a step in that direction. If you allow the option of French/English phrases, I might put some in. (Although isn't that duplication of effort? Ideally you would download Wiktionary information, which already has many synonyms, including some phrases I think.) I might also try writing a program that can handle some grammar, with the idea that the grammar would be specified in pages to be developed on wikis. If I do, later I might try to persuade you to include it in your translation tool. --Coppertwig 02:45, 16 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Thanks - there's scope for a new language to be added for now, so feel free to add French! Greenman 13:45, 17 January 2007 (UTC)Reply

Hey man edit

I decided to have a crack at some basic data for English -> Afrikaans. You can test it out here. It is only a verb basic system so far, with present tense for 'to be' and 'to have', and around 100 words (some of them from your list). Try out stuff like:

  • I have seven beers
  • Tunisia is a country in North Africa (try it with some other countries)
  • Tunisia is the name of a country in North Africa (this will inaccurately translate 'name', as a result of the German POS tagger I'm currently using)

I'm not an Afrikaans speaker, and I got most of the grammatical information from en:Afrikaans grammar. To get an idea of the kind of data we need, take a look at: this bilingual dict and this monolingual dict. There are some other files too, but these are the basic ones. - FrancisTyers 19:30, 21 April 2007 (UTC)Reply

Thanks Francis, I've got back to you via email. Greenman 11:44, 22 April 2007 (UTC)Reply

Xhosa edit

Molo Greenman,

As you know the xh. wiki and wikti ahve been standing idle for a long time. I have contacted the VC of UFH for help and he was kind enough to relay my request to some of the staff members. Hopefully we'll be getting some amaXhosa to write something from it.. nl:wikt:Gebruiker:Jcwf 17:39, 31 July 2007 (UTC)Reply

Shona (Zimbabwe) edit

I still cannot get my head round some aspects of Wikipedia but I would like to participate in the Shona wiki. My website is mostly in Shona and a few people read it regularly. Thanks. Eleanor Chibwe 11:20, 9 August 2007 (UTC)Reply

Cucumis edit

Hi, we are looking for an afrikaan expert on cucumis, a translation community that try to provide free human translations for everybody. You can contact me on the site (JP=

Sepedi edit

Hi, my name is Mohau, I am busy trying to get the Sepedi Wikipedia going. Thanks for your wonderful contribution to the language request.Mohau 20:01, 20 December 2007 (UTC)Reply

WikiAfrica in Capetown edit

Hi Greenman,

I collaborate with lettera27 in Milan, a non profit foundation who support the right to literacy, to education, and the access to knowledge and information. Our principal project is WikiAfrica/Palabre: a collaborative and international project designed to Africanize Wikipedia through networks, research, projects, publications, and events. In June 2008, we will participate at the Cape Town Book Fair, to present the WikiAfrica Literature project. At the same time, we would facilitate the participation and access to Wikipedia and involve publishers and authors to contribute at their own entries on Wikipedia at our booth. We are looking now for an admin of Wikipedia, living in Cape Town and disposed kindly to collaborate and help us to during the Book Fair? May I ask you if have knowledge of a South African Wikipedian?

Your kind help will be very much appreciated by WikiAfrica, Best regards,

My personal contact is:

Turkish edit

my username is "boracasli" and i want to translate to turkish, german, french, italian, spanish, dutch, portuguese etc..... the all.

contact me:

Sepedi Wiki edit

Please, answer what do you think about the situation with the Sepedi Wikipedia here--Andrijko Z. 16:35, 28 January 2011 (UTC)Reply

Community Exchange System edit

The CES is indeed a 'notable' example of such an exchange system by virtue of at very least its increasing global reach. I discuss this in detail in a thesis on the subject that can be found at: This thesis is prescribed reading for an undergrad anthropology course on Power and Wealth at UCT. I hope something in it may be of use in keeping the article on Wikipedia.

MediaWiki technical meetup in Capetown? edit

Hi! I'm wondering whether you think there would be interest in a MediaWiki-related technical meetup or tutorial session in Capetown. Guillaume Paumier is working on improving the training materials available and there have been several useful meetups in the past year. I imagine there are a fair number of tech folks in Capetown who run MediaWiki, and perhaps they'd like to know easy ways to customize it, learn of useful extensions, and get encouragement to merge their modifications upstream. We're also improving the web-accessible API and documentation around that, in case people would like to build apps that make use of Wikimedia content.

I welcome your thoughts -- perhaps you could email me at sumanah at wikimedia dot org? Thanks!

Sumanah 19:50, 15 December 2011 (UTC)Reply

Wikimedia Indigenous Languages edit

Good day, I saw you mentioned your vision of having all Southern African languages on Wikipedia and thought you might be interested in the creation of Wikimedia Indigenous Languages, an international body for the coordination of projects for the development of Wikimedia projects in small and under-represented languages. Amqui (talk) 17:43, 31 August 2012 (UTC)Reply

Translate tab on wikimedia edit

I saw your page about wikis and translation. Do you think it's possible to implement a "Translate" tab into mediawiki software, just like the tab "Edit". The page would then be sent to a translation platform, with segmentation, and everybody could translate it. After the translation the article would render the translated version.

Application for permanent admin and bureaucrat rights on the South African language Wikipedias edit

As discussed at the recent Wikimedia South Africa board meeting, I am applying for both admin and bureaucrat rights for the following South African language Wikipedias:

Currently, none of the above Wikipedias have any bureaucrats, and only Swati (2), Tsonga (1) and Tswana (1) have administrators. None of the Swati and Tswana administrators are local.

Wikimedia South Africa sees it as important that a local has these rights in order to support the growth of the smaller South African language Wikipedias. At the recent Wikimania, with limited time available, there was much frustration at finding out that an editor either no longer has admin rights, and so we were unable to perform a task, or that there were no editors at all with admin rights. Administrator rights are required so that we can perform tasks such as installing styles and js, needed to create wikidata templates. Bureaucrat rights are needed so that to grant local editors admin rights if needed. Some local editors may not be able to find their way to the meta pages to request adminship, so it will speed up progress if this can be handled by a trusted Wikimedia South Africa member as part of our outreach program. Greenman (talk) 20:34, 31 July 2018 (UTC)Reply

I will do, this is the page I will link to to show support from the community. Greenman (talk) 08:03, 11 August 2018 (UTC)Reply

Join us on The AfroCine Project edit



This is to introduce you to a new Wikimedia project called The AfroCine Project. This new project is dedicated to improving the coverage of the history, works, people, places, events, etc, that are associated with the cinema, theatre and arts of Africa, African countries, the Caribbean, and the diaspora. If you would love to be part of this (or you're already active in this area), by coordinating local programmes around African cinema (independently or otherwise) in your community or local Wikipedia, kindly list your username or organization as a participant on the meta project page here.

Furthermore, In the months of October and November, we are organizing a global contest and edit-a-thon tagged: The Months of African Cinema. If you would love to join this exciting event, also list your username as a participant on the English Wikipedia page. If you would love to lead this contest (or any other relevant program) for a non-English Wikipedia community, please feel free to translate the English Wikiproject page to your local language Wikipedia, or you can create one from scratch!

If you have any questions, complaints, suggestions, etc., please reach out to me personally on my talkpage or the project talkpage! Cheers!--Jamie Tubers (talk) 20:50, 5 September 2018 (UTC)Reply

Welcome to the Months of African Cinema! edit



The AfroCine Project welcomes you to October, the first out of the two months which has been dedicated to improving contents that centre around the cinema of Africa, the Caribbean, and the diaspora.

This is a global online edit-a-thon, which is happening in at least 5 language editions of Wikipedia (en, he, es, it, bn) and Wikidata. Join us in this exciting venture, by helping to create or expand articles which are connected to this scope.

On English Wikipedia, we would be recognizing Users who are able to achieve the following:

  • Overall winner (1st, 2nd, 3rd places)
  • Country Winners
  • Diversity winner
  • High quality contributors
  • Gender-gap fillers
  • Page improvers
  • Wikidata Translators

For further information about the contest, the recognition categories and how to participate, please visit the contest page here.

If you'd love to organize this contest for your local wiki or organize in-person events centred around this project, or you need further information about the AfroCine Project, please leave a message on the project talkpage. See you around :).--Jamie Tubers (talk) 22:50, 03 October 2018 (UTC)Reply

AfroCine: Join the Months of African Cinema this October! edit


After a successful first iteration of the Months of African Cinema last year, we are happy to announce that it will be happening again this year, starting from October 1! In the 2018 edition of the contest, about 600 Wikipedia articles were created in at least 8 languages. There were also contributions to Wikidata and Wikimedia commons, which brought the total number of wikimedia pages created during the contest to over 1,000. About 9 in-person events were also organised for the edit-a-thon in different parts of the world.

The contest is organized by a Wikimedia project called The AfroCine Project, which is dedicated to improving the coverage of the history, works, people, places, and events, that are associated with the cinema, theatre and arts of Africa, African countries, the Caribbean, and the diaspora.

If you would love to join this exciting event, please list your username as a participant on the English Wikipedia contest page. If you would love to lead this contest for your country or community, please list your name in the coordinators' page here. The rapid grants team would be accepting proposals throughout October and November, in case you'd need funds to run local edit-a-thons or some other activities related to this event. Upon listing your name on the coordinators' page, you'd be contacted to talk about the resources you'd need to run the event in your community. You can also contact me directly for any clarifications.

Finally, We also need volunteers to handle some aspects of the AfroCine project. These aspects include:

  1. Community Liaison: This role essentially involves closely engaging with local communities to support their activities within the scope of Afrocine.
  2. Communications: This involves the communications aspects of the project. Sharing relevant information on mailing lists and social media would be the responsibility of this person.
  3. MAC Jury: This role involves joining the jury of Months of African Cinema contest. We need as many people as we can get 🙂.
  4. Tools: Going forward, we would need relevant tools to better track the metrics and also analyse the general impact of these events. We are calling for Wikimedia volunteers who can navigate wikimedia tools that can be useful for the project.

If you would love to help with any of these roles, or some other roles that have not been mentioned, please contact me directly or on: samoye_

If you have further questions, complaints, suggestions, etc., please reach out to me personally or right here or the project talkpages.

Thank you!--Jamie Tubers (talk) 17:10, 30 September 2019 (UTC)Reply

Re rights requests edit

Just saw your GS request, and I think that you will have more value getting local admin rights through the process explained at SRP. For the things that you are looking to do, we (GSes) would be less likely to do such tasks with GS rights (unless there was a request made to SRM) as it is contrary to the accepted approach, we always defer and refer to local admins. Local rights at small wikis should not be problematic, and I would suggest picking one where you do the most editing, and gently expanding. Best of luck.  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:33, 25 April 2020 (UTC)Reply

With requests at small wikis, it is different that those at large communities. What stewards look for in such requests is 1) something has been put to the community, 2) that it has been there for at least a week, and 3) that granting the request is not against the community's wishes. If you have a request discussion at a central place, and no one responds that is usually sufficient to get temporary rights. So then just put the request the rights at SRP with a special:permalink to the discussion at the community. It'll be sweet, and there'll be no requirement for colouring any crocs.  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:42, 25 April 2020 (UTC)Reply

Sunday August 23: Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meeting edit

Strategic flock of Wikimedians heading in a new direction.

The Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) is a proposed forum for all Wikimedia movement affiliates to share ideas on the Wikimedia 2030 strategy process. It expands on the model of the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting to help lay some of the groundwork for a future Global Council.

The idea is to follow up on the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting and other strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates, and you are all invited to RSVP here.--Pharos (talk) 15:30, 21 August 2020 (UTC)Reply