Proposals for closing projects/Closure of Persian Wikinews 2

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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 for closing n:fa: is currently open for discussion by the community.


Hi, I am writing to propose the closure of the Persian Wikinews project due to the project's inability to function effectively.

As of 17 June 2015, a closure request was submitted, with potential NPOV issues. Unfortunately, as of 25 January 2024, it is evident that no substantial progress has been achieved, and the project remains stagnant for over 8 years.

The prolonged abandonment by the user community have resulted in the Persian Wikinews project becoming a host for spam news (2 Nov 2023 to 25 Jan 2024, almost 2 months and 3 weeks), which is not aligned with the Wikimedia Foundation's goals and principles. Despite the understanding that inactivity alone is not a sufficient reason for closure, the present circumstances necessitate reevaluation.

A visual review of the project reveals no recent contributions and contributors, indicating that it has become a ghost project without viability or sustainability. Please kindly review the realistic necessity of the project.

The persistence of issues such as hosting spam news and the evident breakdown of community trust require a decisive and fair decision. To provide context, I have listed below some of the recently published articles and associated issues:

  1. سمیع الله شریفی: Page name: Samiullah Sharifi, spam or vandalism. Looks like a reviewed article, with green tick.
  2. Old Pursian news article: Spam or vandalism. Looks like a reviewed article, with green tick. The Persian Wikinews project is hosting this article since last year 2nd of November.
  3. تیموتی سالامی: Recent Persian Wikinews article hosting verified(?), reviewed(?) article of potential advertisement.

Considering the ongoing challenges and the failure to fulfill commitments made in the past, I kindly urge the Wikimedia Foundation Board or Language Committee and Wikimedia Community to carefully evaluate the viability of the Persian Wikinews project. A fair comparison with other projects that have been successfully closed or returned to incubation should guide this decision.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. I believe that a thoughtful and informed decision will contribute to the overall health and success of Wikimedia projects. Sincerely, --ꠢꠣꠍꠘ ꠞꠣꠎꠣ (talk) 06:52, 25 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]


@Kasir: Any ideas? Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 03:51, 27 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Hi, Persian Wikinews is blocked in Iran, For this reason, the activity in this project has been stopped, But I always delete spam and deal with vandalism. Kasir talk 10:35, 27 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Oppose as that would fulfill the wishes of the Iranian regime. It should be continued until a more liberal government unblocks it, imv Atlantic306 (talk) 19:55, 25 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Support --Fenikals (talk) 14:54, 26 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]