Proposals for closing projects/Closure of Buryat Wikipedia
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- Oppose. Buryat and Mongolian are traditionally regarded as the same language, but due to historical factors (namely, the Russian government) they have been differentiated into two separate standards (three if you count the Inner Mongolian Chahar-based standard). In addition to originally-existing dialect differences, the two standards have diverged because of the Russian decision to use different spelling standards for the two and due to stronger Russian influence on Buryad. Despite differences, someone who can speak Buryad may be able to understand Mongolian, and vice versa. But this is a whole different ballgame from the ability to write. Dagvadorj's stated inability to contribute to Buryad Wikipedia is a very real issue. Inner Mongolians similarly have great difficulty writing the Cyrillic script of Mongolia, even though the standard languages are very similar. The Buryad Wikipedia is in poor shape, it is true, but Mongolian Wikipedia isn't terribly good, either. The solution is not to close Buryad Wikipedia down, but to try and find people who are willing to devote the time and effort to build it up. As a first step, contributors should be encouraged to translate articles from Russian or Mongolian. The current weakness in content is a vicious cycle. Because there is no content, few people find it worthwhile to visit. Because few Buryad speakers visit, there is no development of content. There is a desperate need to kickstart the Wikipedia with content that Buryad speakers find useful, and thus encourage the development of a Buryad Wikipedia community. 18.104.22.168 01:11, 5 May 2012 (UTC)