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The Wikimedia Foundation language committee is in charge of developing a clear policy and documentation for new language projects and their proposal, processing those requests, and supporting and coordinating new projects to optimize their success.

Historically, it was founded as a subcommittee of the Special Projects Committee. With that committee now defunct, it reports directly to the Wikimedia Board of Trustees.

The Language Committee mainly acts in the Requests for new languages process by reviewing the requests, giving advice and eventually recommending the creation of new language versions to the Board. Individual Langcom members also take care of the proposals for closing projects. If you have any questions (for example about the possible requesting of a new language version), please direct these to the talk page or directly to any member.

Latest activities report[edit]

previous report This is the language committee report for July and August 2013.

Committee[edit]

  • Some discussion about the most-used messages (the interface translation requirement for the first project in a language).

Requests[edit]


Charter[edit]

This is a proofread version of the original charter with a later amendment authorizing request approval.

Scope[edit]

The committee is tasked as follows.

  1. The development and maintenance of:
    1. a clear step-by-step policy (based on quantitative indicators) for evaluating the feasibility of new language wikis, with an automated procedure for project development;
    2. support and policy development for script and localization related problems;
    3. documentation to support new language communities towards a stable growth rate;
    4. support and coordination for cross-language projects, helping smaller communities share resources and maximize their results;
    5. support and coordination to maintain compatibility among the different MediaWiki installations, in order to reduce the amount of development needed to upgrade the program base as far as localization is concerned.
  2. The processing of requests for new language subdomains of existing Wikimedia projects, providing it gives the Wikimedia Board of Trustees four days advance notice before approving a request.

Goals[edit]

The goals of the committee are to:

  1. minimize the political aspects connected to the release of new projects, moving the focus towards purely quantitative decision criteria;
  2. minimize the need of localization-related funding and development by providing a common shared policy;
  3. maximize the reuse of proven marketing techniques among different editions;
  4. maximize the co-operation level among different language communities by providing common fields of activity;
  5. achieve the widest possible localization level for MediaWiki at the lowest cost, in order to maintain and improve its leading role as an open-source content management system.

Transparency[edit]

  • The whole set of activities of the language committee is public, and any advice from the community is welcome.
  • The committee values the fact that projects are a property of the single editors who make it and considers users' necessities as the primary source for policy.
  • The committee is especially interested in hearing those who proposed a new wiki in the past and got either refused or approved.

Members[edit]

If you are interested in becoming a member, please send an email to langcom at lists.wikimedia.org or contact any member in private.

Current[edit]

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Member Languages Region Special tasks
Amir E. Aharoni (Amire80) he, ru, en-4, ca-3, eo-2, es-2, fr-2, it-2, ar-1 Middle East, Israel, Jerusalem
Europe, Russia, Moscow (until 1991)
Antony D. Green en, de-4, fr-2, ga-1, cy-1 Europe, Germany, Berlin
North America, United States, Texas (formerly)
Bèrto 'd Sèra pms, it-3, ru-3, en-2, ca-1, es-1, fr-1, oc-1, ro-1, sr-1, uk-1 Europe, Ukraine, Kiev
Carlos Manuel Colina (Maor X) es, en-5, lad-4, pt-4, de-3, he-3, ca-3, af-2, guc-2, ar-1 South America, Venezuela, Caracas
Gerard Meijssen (GerardM) nl, en-3, de-1 Europe, Netherlands, Flevoland
Jon Harald Søby nb, en-4, nn-3, sv-3, da-2, de-2, sw-2, eo-1, es-1, ro-1 Europe, Norway, Trondheim
Karen Broome (Karen) en, jp, fr, cs North America, California
Maria Fanucchi (Arria Belli) en, es, fr-4, ca-2, it-2, pt-1, ru-1 Europe, France, Burgundy
South America, French Guiana, Cayenne (formerly)
(MF-Warburg) de, en-3, , fr-1, tet-1, la-1 Europe, Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia Closing projects
Michael Everson (Evertype) en, da-3, de-3, es-3, ga-3, fr-2, et-1, it-1, nl-1, nn-1,
no-1, pt-1, ro-1, ru-1, sv-1, tlh-1, yi-1
Europe, Ireland, County Mayo
North America, United States, Pennsylvania (formerly)
Oliver Stegen (Baba Tabita) de, en-4, sw-3 nl-1, fr-1 Africa, Kenya, Nairobi
from Europe, Germany
Robin Pepermans (SPQRobin) nl, en-3, fr-2, af-1, de-1 Europe, Belgium, Flemish Brabant Closing projects
Santhosh Thottingal (santhosh.thottingal) ml, hi-3, en-3, ta-2, Asia, India, Chennai (Madras)
Shanel Kalicharan (Shanel) en, fr-2 North America, Canada, Ontario
Zacharias Diakonikolaou (ZaDiak) el, en-4, de-2, grc-2 Europe, Greece, Rhodes Wikiversity advice

Former[edit]

Member Period
Akash Shah (Aksi great) 2007–2008
Ascánder 2006–2008
Huib Laurens (Abigor) 2010–2013
Milos Rancic (Millosh) 2008-2013
Jesse Plamondon-Willard (Pathoschild) 2006–2011
Michal Zlatkovský (Timichal) 2006–2008
Sabine Cretella (SabineCretella) 2006–2009
Tangotango 2007–2008

Timeline[edit]

User:Maor X User:MF-Warburg User:ZaDiak User:Santhosh.thottingal user:Baba Tabita User:Abigor User:Amire80 User:SPQRobin User:Antony D. Green User:Millosh User:Evertype User:Tangotango User:Aksi great User:Arria Belli User:Shanel User:Pathoschild User:Karen User:Timichal User:SabineCretella User:Ascánder User:Jon Harald Søby User:GerardM User:Bèrto 'd Sèra


Observers[edit]

Anyone can follow the discussions of the language committee by subscribing to the public mailing list langcom at lists.wikimedia.org, on which the internal proceedings are made. Non-members should generally not participate in discussions. When it is necessary however, they can send a mail which a list administrator will need to accept manually.

Prior to April 2013, the discussions happened on a private mailing list. From June 2011 to April 2013, members of the community could ask to become "langcom observers". They then received copies of the e-mails sent to the internal committee mailing list.

Timeline[edit]

This is an unofficial log of the committee's progress. For a log of requests and closures, see requests for new languages.

Date Event Update
2006-06-06 policy SabineCretella draft proposed.
2006-07-03 langcom Subcommittee initially proposed, but the proposal is never received.
2006-09-16 langcom Subcommittee is proposed again, and accepted.
2006-11-11 policy Pathoschild draft unofficially proposed.
2006-11-21 policy Pathoschild draft implemented through the community without subcommittee approval.
2007-01-02 policy GerardM draft proposed.
2007-01-14 policy GerardM-Pathoschild policy draft proposed.
2007-02-06 policy GerardM-Pathoschild policy draft selected; discussion begins on adjustments needed before the final version.
2007-02-20 policy GerardM-Pathoschild policy draft finalized and forwarded to the Special projects committee for comment.
2007-02-26 policy GerardM-Pathoschild draft implemented.
2007-04-28 policy Subcommittee authorized to approve without board approval, given the board receives five days advance notice.
2009-01-20 langcom The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees decided that the Subcommittee becomes a Committee.
2011-05-13 langcom The committee holds its first-ever real-life meeting in Berlin.
2011-06 langcom Introduction of observers
2013-04-13 langcom switch to a public mailing list, mail:langcom

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