Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Alabama

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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 will verify the test project content with a reliable neutral source, such as a professor or expert.

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
Language code akz (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Alabama Language name in English
Language name Albaamo innaaɬiilka 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 Q1815020 - item has currently the following values: 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.
Directionality no indication Is the language written from left to right (LTR) or from right to left (RTL)?
Links Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.

Project name Wikipedia "Wikipedia" in your language
Project namespace usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace "Wikipedia talk" (the discussion namespace of the project namespace)
Enable uploads yes Default is "no". Preferably, files should be uploaded to Commons.
If you want, you can enable local file uploading, either by any user ("yes") or by administrators only ("admin").
Notes: (1) This setting can be changed afterwards. The setting can only be "yes" or "admin" at approval if the test creates an Exemption Doctrine Policy (EDP) first. (2) Files on Commons can be used on all Wikis. (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 This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone "Continent/City", e.g. "Europe/Brussels" or "America/Mexico City" (see list of valid timezones)
Additional namespaces For example, a Wikisource would need "Page", "Page talk", "Index", "Index talk", "Author", "Author talk".
Additional settings Anything else that should be set
submit Phabricator task. It will include everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings. After creating the task, add a link to the comment.


Alabama is a Native American language, spoken by the Alabama-Coushatta tribe of Texas. It is a Muskogean language, and is believed to have been related to the Muklasa and Tuskegee languages, which are no longer extant. Alabama is closely related to Koasati and distantly to Hitchiti, Chickasaw and Choctaw. Also known as Alibamu. Though there are only 100 monolingual natives, there are many schools teaching it. I can't give approxamate number, but it are least 2,000 learning people.

--Ulohnanne 14:26, 16 September 2008 (UTC)[reply]



  • Betawiki: ~250/500, 1 translator, source: [1]
  • Incubator: ~2600 pages, ~3100 edits, 2-3 editors, source: [2]

Arguments in favour[edit]

  • I am in favor because it can not only help to preserve the language, but it can also be usefull for people studying the language and people with only knowledge of Alabama and little knowledge of other linguamatica.

--Ulohnanne 14:26, 16 September 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Arguments against[edit]

  • Nowadays, my experience concerning wikipedias in native northamerican languages is very bad: no active projects, no active community, no interest. Alabama language has only a few of potential speakers and, as the language is not teached, young people don't know it. However, I will change my oppinion if there is an higher number of people interested in contribute to this project. --Norrin strange 07:31, 17 September 2008 (UTC)[reply]
    I don't know if here people normally refute that one has said? I will, however. Where did you get the information of not teached? The language is taught at some schools and many parents still give the language to their children. I think Alabama Wikipedia will then be the first successful wikipedia of all wikipedias.
    --Ulohnanne 15:57, 17 September 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Other discussion[edit]

I hope we can have the incubator checked by an expert in this language before it is formally approved. Although I don't have any personal expertise in the language, I find it very suspicious that the writers' English doesn't seem to be too good - almost any speaker of this language will have very good English proficiency. -- 22:42, 5 October 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Localisation update[edit]

  • Currently 59.46% of the most used MediaWiki messages have been localised. Localisation of these messages is a requirement before your request is finally assessed. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. Thanks, GerardM 11:38, 12 November 2008 (UTC)[reply]
  • Currently 50.85% of the most used MediaWiki messages have been localised. Localisation of these messages is a requirement before your request is finally assessed. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. When you add to the localisations, you are likely to see them the next day at the Incubator. Thanks, GerardM 09:17, 5 October 2009