Requests for new languages/Wikinews Sinhala

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main page Request for a new language edition: Wikinews Sinhala
submitted verification final decision
Applications-system.svg This language has been verified as eligible.
The language is eligible for a project, which means that the subdomain can be created once there is an active community and a localized interface, as described in the language proposal policy. You can discuss the creation of this language project on this page.

Once the criteria are met, the language committee can proceed with the approval and notify the Board of Trustees for a possible veto.

If you think the criteria are met, but the project is still waiting for approval, feel free to notify the committee and ask them to consider its approval.

  • The community needs to develop an active test project; it must remain active until approval (automated statistics, recent changes). It is generally considered active if the analysis lists at least three active, not-grayed-out editors listed in the sections for the previous few months.
  • The community needs to complete required MediaWiki interface translations in that language (about localization, translatewiki, check completion).
  • The community needs to discuss and complete the settings table below:
What Value Example / Explanation
Proposal
Language code si (SILEthnologue) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Sinhala Language name in English
Language name සිංහල Language name in your language. This will appear in the language list on Special:Preferences, in the interwiki sidebar on other wikis, ...
Language Wikidata item Q13267 - item has currently the following values:
  • en label = Sinhala
  • native label (P1705) = සිංහල භාෂාව
  • instance/subclass (P31/P279) = language / Indo-Aryan languages
  • Wikimedia language code (P424) = si
  • writing system (P282) = Sinhala script
  • number of speakers (P1098) = 16,000,000±0


Item about the language at Wikidata. It would normally include the Wikimedia language code, name of the language, etc. Please complete at Wikidata if needed.
Community පසිඳු කාවින්ද N P, Budhajeewa N P, Thameera123 N P, තඹරු විජේසේකර N,Keheliya N, බිඟුවා N , Shane44 N, Kasun Gajasinghe N, Shelan N, Indranama N, Sansarasidu N, Chavie N,Sampath waruna N, Lee N, ChathuCN N,inckka N,rkkasun,Kaviranga N, යූත්මැක්ස් N Kasun_Indi N අඛිල N Randeerjayasekara N,Sachira Bhanu(sachi) N
You can optionally list your user name if you are an active contributor to the test wiki. Add "N" next to your name if you are a native speaker of this language.
Links Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.
Settings
Project name Wikinews "Wikinews" in your language
Project namespace විකිපුවත් usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace විකිපුවත් සාකච්ඡාව "Wikinews talk" (the discussion namespace of the project namespace)
Enable uploads yes Files should be uploaded to Commons, but if you want, you can enable local file uploading.
Notes: (1) files on Commons can be used on all wikis; (2) this setting can be changed afterwards; (3) uploading fair-use images is not allowed on Commons (more info); (4) localisation to your language may be insufficient on Commons
Optional settings
Project logo [[:Wikinews Sinhala]] 135x135 PNG derivative from a decent SVG image (instructions)
Default project timezone SLT (UTC+5:30) "Continent/City", e.g. "Europe/Brussels" or "America/Mexico City" (see list of valid timezones)
Additional namespaces For example for a Wikisource which would need "Page", "Page talk", "Index", "Index talk"
Additional settings Anything else that should be set
submit maniphest task (includes everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings)


Arguments in favour[edit]

  • Support Strongly Support: Following Wikimedia projects already have Sinhala language editions.
Wikipedia - Wikipedia Sinhala (විකිපිඩියා)
Wiktionary - Wiktionary Sinhala (වික්‍ෂනරි)
Wikibooks - Wikibooks Sinhala (විකිපොත්)
wikinews - Wikinews Sinhala (විකිපුවත්)

Those projects reflects that the Sinhala language is already recognized by Wikimedia, and, many Wikimedia projects are popular among Sinhala reading people. So, Wikinews is much needed project that should be supporting Sinhala language. -- Budhajeewa 06:45, 11 December 2010 (UTC)

  • Support Strongly Support Sinhala is a language spoken by about 16 million people in Sri Lanka and around the world. Sinhala content has seen a rapid increase during the previous year due to the popularization of Sinhala Unicode. --Thameera123 07:03, 11 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Support Strongly Support The Sinhala Wikipedia have more active Admins & Users and it gets new users daily. As a contributor of that I did 239 edits during last 30 days. Many Sinhala students are learning from these sites and most of sinhalians likes these wiki projects. So I think WikiNews might be useful for all and it might get large contributions & contributors.--තඹරු විජේසේකර 09:11, 11 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support -- බිඟුවා සාකච්ඡාව 03:08, 16 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --සදීප 06:40, 16 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Lee 13:04, 17 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Support - don't forget about NPOV ;) Przykuta 08:07, 18 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Support Strongly Support Wikinews Sinhala must be created because it is very useful for all.--Pasindu Kavinda  Talk 13:18, 11 June 2011 (UTC)
  • Support Strongly Support --Randeerjayasekara (talk) 17:26, 26 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Sachira Bhanu(sachi)This is really important to our country.Please help every one to success this task. --Sachira Bhanu(sachi) (talk) 19:41, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

Arguments against[edit]

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose -- SEVERAL REASONS
  1. Community not large enough to have updated news
  2. News culture in the country (Sri Lanka) is not well accepted by mass. Negative view on si.wikinews might harm reputation of other wiki projects.
  3. As community is not large enough, emphasis on this will cause reduced contribution for other projects.
  4. When Sri Lanka and Sinhala is considered wikinews is having less priority.
Simply, this is not the correct timing for this.
Still, if this project is approved I wish all the best !Singhalawap 12:13, 25 December 2010 (UTC)

Other discussion[edit]