Proposals for closing projects/Closure of Inupiak Wiktionary

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The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it.

This is a proposal for closing and/or deleting a wiki hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. It is subject to the current closing projects policy.

The proposal is accepted and the proposed actions should be taken.

  • Explanation by the closing Langcom member: The undersigned recommended the following to Langcom, which was unopposed and therefore also proposed to the Board: >>The wiki has only a very limited number of pages (no activity unfortunately, of course). The specific reason why the project is problematic and proposed for closure is that it is a frequent target of spambots (also called "honeypot"). I think the fact that the quality of the articles is quite low (e.g. names of languages are always given in English, they were not translated) and that there have not been contributors since a year or longer make it therefore acceptable to close the wiki.<< --MF-W 03:36, 31 December 2012 (UTC) — Bug 43769 has been submitted. --MF-W 10:38, 9 January 2013 (UTC) — The project was closed and content imported to incubator:Wt/ik. --MF-W 23:01, 27 January 2013 (UTC)

This wiki's activity is nonexistent. The most active contributors seem to have left a while ago, the most recent being Jehane & Louli (This may not be true, as I didn't dig into it very much). Accessorily, the SWMT has had to remove spam from there, which seems to be the only purpose of that wiki now. It would be better to lock it down until some more volunteers show up. Elfix 23:22, 1 September 2012 (UTC)

See also: wikt:ik:Special:AllPages, The Inupiat (ik) language on enwiki.



  • Lock/close per nominator's rationale.--Jasper Deng (talk) 23:34, 1 September 2012 (UTC)
  • Lock/close I did a random sample of oldids. There are only 6,500 edits to the Wiki and from my sample, most are bot edits or userpage creations. Therefore, I support the nomination. MBisanz talk 02:43, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
  • I support closure. For some reasons that wiki is the source of spambot activity only. Stewards and other global helpers spent most time blocking and locking spambots and vandals over the past months, being the only real activity of that wiki; with the exception of automated userpage creations by Pathoschild's SynchBot which can't be counted as content. Stewards had to face once a non-stop massive spambot attack that we had to take extreme measures for a couple of hours to stop it. The Project has some content which may be a blocker to this request however IMHO it is so little that it should not be a barrier to move the wiki to the Incubator where the little content will stay free of spam -or at least with less spam and more oversight- and can eventually grow rather than to keep the wiki open and let the spam activity poisoning that site over and over and wasting volunteers time. Thanks. -- MarcoAurelio (talk) 08:11, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
  • Close. Since this wiki is a regular target of spambots. Jagwar grrr... 19:11, 4 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Close this project It has so far 143 entries. Better close it and transfer to the incubator. --User:Vincentangeles005 17:06, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Close'. Target for spam. SpartacksCompatriot (talk) 14:12, 30 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Lock/close. They even have not got normal main page, there are no users at all. --Gubin 07:59, 8 December 2012 (UTC)

The above discussion is preserved as an archive. Please do not modify it.

Late comments[edit]


The following vote was submitted after closure by the language committee:

  • Keep. Project at least has content pages and inactivity / having spam is no reason to lock a wiki. There are over 100 pages. Give the Iñupiat a chance. πr2 (tc) 18:12, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
    I have restored your vote because I felt like responding to your message. I do not see the point in leaving open a wiki where the home page hasn't even been changed, I believe it is proof enough that the wiki is simply empty of contributors. And yes, I believe the two first factors you mentioned are a reason for locking a wiki. Had there been only spam, I wouldn't have made this proposal, but it is a mere waste of time to have stewards and global sysops constantly watch a wiki with so little content and so much spam. Of course if new Inupiat speakers show up, they can always regain access to that wiki, it is the purpose of a lock. Elfix 18:27, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
    According to the Closing projects policy, "...small/inactive wikis do not generally cause harm if they stay open: automatic spam is always blocked, contrary to the past." There are fewer than 10000 speakers of Inupiak now due to linguistic suppression. Inupiat children were required to speak English in schools. It's not like it's a completely unstudied language, there's a chance you'll find someone who knows enough to contribute (but it would be better to have a native speaker). For example, w:Rosetta Stone (software) is (was?) developing software to help people learn the language. I'd be fine with closure (since that can't be changed at this point), but I would prefer to leave it open. πr2 (tc) 03:40, 25 January 2013 (UTC)
    If someone started creating content on this wiki, could it be "rescued"? πr2 (tc) 03:53, 25 January 2013 (UTC)
    Yes, the wiki can be reopened if any Inupiat speaker should be interested in contributing to Wiktionary. Elfix 15:28, 25 January 2013 (UTC)
    I would be willing to write some pages about Inupiak words to save it, but it's already closed and I can't edit it. I tried to edit a few days ago and it seemed fine. πr2 (tc) 15:30, 25 January 2013 (UTC)
    I believe you have to go to the incubator wiki. Elfix 22:58, 27 January 2013 (UTC)
    Indeed, here. --MF-W 23:01, 27 January 2013 (UTC)