Tell us about Swahili Wikipedia
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- Wikimedia Statistics can be difficult to interprete. What is your impression, how many steady contributors do you have?
- Are your contributors mostly native speakers?
No, we have German, English and Italian mother tongue speakers although the number of East Africans seems to be rising (whether their mother tongue is Swahili or one of the local vernaculars is not known). Baba Tabita aka --Oliver Stegen 08:17, 20 August 2008 (UTC)
- Where do your contributors live (regions/country)?
- How common is it that your contributors meet in real life?
- Do you have special contacts with another Wikipedias (maybe in related languages)?
- Do you translate a lot from other Wikipedias? Which ones?
Organization and support
- Is there a Wikimedia chapter in your country? How does your language relate to it?
- Are there work groups in other organizations about Wikipedia?
- You are forgetful - we two met, and I am going to see Muddy hopefully! Kipala
Your Wikipedia and the linguistic community
- Is there a language institution for your language, like an Academy, or a club of people interested in your language? Do you have contact with them?
There is quite a lot of such institutions but so far nobody seems to have shown interest. I tried contact once with Dar Institute of Swahili Research - no reply. Kipala
- Who (else) supports you?
- How looks your public outreach for your edition? Do you have flyers, give lectures, trainings etc.?
- Do you get feedback from readers?
- What other encyclopedias exist in your language?
- Does your edition concentrates on certain topics, like your region and language, or Latin Wikipedia on Roman history and Christianity?
- Did your edition enjoy text donations, for example from older encyclopedias?
- Is there a generally accepted norm about your language (spelling, dictionary, pronunciation)?
Yes, there is. We try to adhere to the standards set by IKR (Institute of Kiswahili Research) at Dar es Salaam University. They are charged by the government to uphold Swahili standards. Baba Tabita aka --Oliver Stegen 08:17, 20 August 2008 (UTC)
- How do you deal with different spellings, dialects etc. (like B.E. lift and A.E. elevator)?
Using the REDIRECT-feature; Practically variation of spelling is quite large so it helps. Kipala