Alemannic Wikipedia

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Started: November 13, 2003

Current size: 30,456 articles

Total edits: 1,053,359

Active editors: 91 in the past month

Areas of strength
  • Diversity of dialects. Users contribute in Alemannic dialects that are spoken in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. Users from these six countries usually contribute to three different wikipedias (de:wp, fr:wp, it:wp).
  • Some themes that belong to Alemannic-speaking regions are described on a more detailed level than on de:wp, fr:wp, or it:wp, e. g. Walser communities in Italy
  • High proportion of articles bigger than 0.5 kB (> 90%), and bigger than 2 kB (> 50%).
Areas of weakness
  • Few contributors, especially from France and Austria
What other prominent encyclopedias exist in this language (print, electronic, online)?
  • There is no other encyclopaedia in Alemannic
  • The most important competitors are de:wp, resp. fr:wp or it:wp!

Prominent milestones/events[edit]

Article milestones[edit]

Milestone Date
1,000 October 2005
2,000 June 2006
3,000 May 2007
4,000 July 2008
5,000 May 2009
6,000 February 2010
7,000 December 2010
8,000 February 2011
9,000 May 2011
10,000 June 2011
11,000 February 2012
12,000 August 2012
13,000 December 2012
14,000 April 2013
15,000 August 2013
16,000 February 2014
17,000 June 2014
18,000 January 2015
19,000 May 2015
20,000 October 2015
21,000 March 2016
22,000 November 2016
23,000 June 2017
24,000 February 2018
25,000 September 2018
26,000 July 2019
27,000 February 2020
28,000 October 2021

List of meetings[edit]

See als:Wikipedia:Treffen der Wikipedianer
What has its impact been?


What language features are challenging?
  • Diacritics usage in text, e. g. no possibility for an Ö/ö with an accent grave (like À/à)
  • Because of the lack of a standardized orthography, article titles are written in Standard German, so linking is complicated.
What would surprise the outside reader about the community?
  • very friendly atmosphere in discussions in contrast to the rough atmosphere on de:wp
What are some unique practices/characteristics?
  • Titles of articles are written in Standard German but are overlaid by an Javascript-based Alemannic title
  • Everybody could write in his/her own dialect. If other users want to contribute to a given article they usually add new chapters in their dialect, so the dialect may change within an article.
  • Every article with less than 5 sentences is deleted.
  • All Alemannic Wikimedia projects have been merged. Other projects are now part of Wikipedia as separate namespaces: Wikisource, Wikiquote, Wiktionary, Wikibooks, Wikinews.
Who were the earliest participants, who started it?
Other prominent Wikipedians?
  • some linguists who work on Alemannic language

See also[edit]


  • TK