Alemannic Wikipedia

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Alemannic Wikipedia


Started: 13 November 2003

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 detailled 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 encylopedia in Alemannic
  • The most important competitors are de:wp, resp. fr:wp or it:wp!

Prominent milestones/events[edit]

  • started in November 2003 as an Alsatian Wikipedia, expanded to an Alemannic Wikipedia in October 2004
  • 1000 articles in October 2005, 2000 in June 2006, 3000 in May 2007, 4000 in July 2008, 5000 in May 2009, 6000 in February 2010, 7000 in December 2010, 8000 in February 2011, 9000 in May 2011, 10000 in June 2011, 11000 in February 2012, 12000 in August 2012, 13000 in December 2013, 14000 in April 2013, 15000 in August 2013, 16000 in Fabruary 2014, 17000 in June 2014, 18000 in January 2015, 19000 in May 2015, 20000 in October 2015, 21000 in March 2016, 22000 in November 2016, 23000 in June 2017.
  • first meeting of als-Wikimedians in May 2006, other meetings in July 2007, August 2008, August 2009, December 2009, May 2010, September 2010, May 2011, October 2011, December 2011, April 2012, September 2012, May 2013, November 2013, February 2014, May 2014, October 2014, February 2015, September 2015, October 2015, November 2015, January 2016, April 2016, September 2016, March 2017.
  • In 2014 Alemannic Wikipedia won the Zedler Price for free knowledge.
  • first writing contest in 2011.

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