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submitted verification final decision

This proposal has been approved.
The Board of Trustees and language committee have deemed that there is sufficient grounds and community to create the new language project.

A committee member provided the following comment:

Approved by the language committee; the wiki is scheduled for creation: phab:T332115. Jon Harald Søby (talk) 08:25, 15 March 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  • 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 anp (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Angika Language name in English
Language name अंगिका 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 Q28378 - 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 LTR Is the language written from left to right (LTR) or from right to left (RTL)?
Links Angika Website, History of Angika language, Google Search Engine in Angika,Ethnologue entry on Angika. Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.

Project name "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 no 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 "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.


  • Speakers: 740,900 (1997 census). 30 to 40 Million (As per recent Indian References).
  • Location(s) spoken: Northern & Eastern Bihar,Jharkhand, West Bengal, India. Also in Nepal.



Arguments in favour

  • 'Support': Natives speakers of Angika have the competency and willingness to contribute to this project in the long-term. Hence the Angika language deserves to be given the opportunity and priviledge to have its own language edition of Wikipedia along with the existing Bihari languages such as Bhojpuri. --Jose77 06:04, 12 September 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  • Strong Support : This is basically my native language and yes it is spoken by over 40 million people of India, Nepal and across the world. It will certainly inspire all Angika speaking persons of the world to utilize their writing skills to develop an interesting Wikipedia. Samyo 11:11, 13 September 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  • 'Support': I am native speaker of bhojpuri and i understand angika and i can spek angika of intermediate level. Yes it is spoken in bihar, nepal and other many places so i strongly support this language. Nepaboy 15:39, 14 September 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  • Very Strong Support: I am a native speaker of Angika language , in which the evidences of written literatures are available since 800AD. It is one of the ancient languages. During ancient period, Anga Lipi was used to write this language. Presently it is spoken by more than 40 million people of India (Mainly in Bihar, Jharkhand & West Bengal) and Nepal. There is a Google Search Engine in Angika language since the year 2004. Hence Angika Language must be given the opportunity to have its own language edition of Wikipedia to flourish. Already 100% of the most-used interface messages have been localised into Angika. Angpradesh 17:31, 14 September 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support there is a significant amount of speakers, so I support. Thank you, --Patriot8790 17:48, 22 September 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  • Very Strong Support: Now 100% of the message texts of Wikimedia Mobile Interface have been localised in Angika language.Therefore Angika language deserves to be given the opportunity and priviledge to have its own language edition of Wikipedia. This will also require to ensure enhanced participation of community to develop it further. Due to complexity of Incubator it is not so easy to develop an active community as well. Angpradesh 04:26, 11 March 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support: I am not a speaker of this language, but given the amount of users that speak this language, it surely deserves a Wikipedia of its own. Hydriz 14:51, 14 March 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support, great testwiki-project --Midnight Green 07:31, 3 August 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  • 'Support' Activity on the incubator looks good. John Vandenberg 07:33, 13 April 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  • 'Support' Good activity on the test version. Vibhijain 06:50, 30 May 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Nice going on main page. Good to see this language going live. -- ɑηsuмaη ʈ ᶏ ɭ Ϟ 15:21, 22 December 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support I strongly support the fact that this language community should be given access to this page. Thus they will be able to write about their language, literature and culture through Wikimedia. Angika belongs to Eastern Indo Aryan Language group. It is definitely different linguistically from Hindi which is the dominant language in the area. Angika is a major language and It should be promoted through wiki projects.~~ User:Atanuami 1:12 AM , FEB 21, 2015.
  • Support This language has enough speakers and contributers and should be created soon.--Ali Saki (talk) 06:34, 27 September 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  • ""Support"" -: Perhaps the total area of angika speaking people in Bihar is greater than that of maithilli or bhojpuri. So it must be included. Overall it's as ancient as Ang Desh and Surya Putra Karna.Big cities Like Bhagalpur, Begusarai speaks it. This side as well as that side of the river Ganga speaks it. Apart from Bihar Western Bengol, Northern Jharkhand, Nepal also speaks it. So its quite prevalent. Angika has its own independent swear words, for ex- "BargahinBhai" is very famous slang, not found in maithili nor in bhojpuri.Tone-wise also its a different language from other languages of Bihar. — The preceding unsigned comment was added by Hearty bravo (talk) 16:21, 22 December 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support--Rehmat Aziz Chitrali 13:48, 12 March 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Rubbish computer (Talk: Contribs) 15:23, 21 October 2019 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support --Tmv (talk) 01:23, 18 June 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Although it has been approved now, I wholeheartedly endorse the idea. There are already 26 Indian Wikipedias and Angika has been periodically active for years. Also the creation of more Wikipedias in Indic languages will help to alleviate the gap of knowledge in the languages of India and will help to increase the role of the local languages in Wikipedia in India, as English dominates (and this shouldn't happen). NikosLikomitros (talk) 21:57, 18 March 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Arguments against


General discussion


Localisation information

  • 100% of the most-used interface messages have been localised into Angika.
  • 100% of the message texts of Wikimedia Mobile Interface have been localised in Angika language.