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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 rki (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Rakhine Language name in English
Language name ရခိုင်ဘာသာ 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 Q3450749 - 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 Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.

Project name ဝီကီးပီးဒီးယား "Wikipedia" in your language
Project namespace ဝီကီးပီးဒီးယား usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace ဝီကီးပီးဒီးယား_ဆွီးနွီးချက် "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 File:Wikipedia-logo-v2-rki.svg This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone Asia/Yangon "Continent/City", e.g. "Europe/Brussels" or "America/Mexico City" (see list of valid timezones)
Additional namespaces see rki 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.


Let me request for a Arakan Wikipedia, seeing that the project already exists on Incubator. The Arakan language is the native language of the Arakan people. The majority of Arakan speakers live in east Burma (Myanmar), especially Arakan State. Arakan (ရခိုင်ဘာသာ) is one of the most speaking language. Arakan speaking Wikipedians are growing day by day. Arakan readers are collecting news from Wikinews. To make it easy i proposed for Arakan Wikipedia "ဝီကီးပီးဒီယား". I think that the Arakan Wikipedia is very much feasible.। Thank you. --YaThaWinTha (talk) 19:41, 4 October 2022 (UTC)[reply]


  • As a living language, I have no objections on its eligibility, but it seems that the test project was inactive for at least 3 years (the last ever active user contributed it is @Khinshwesan:), are there any problems in re-starting activities? --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 08:29, 5 October 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    @Liuxinyu970226 Arakan language is a language that has always been used. There is no problem. As of 2013, there are over 3 million users. They have been used for generations. It's not just re-starting activities. YaThaWinTha (talk) 09:44, 5 October 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    @YaThaWinTha Well what I'm concerning isn't the language itself, I'm concerning the test project, as you're feel free to check via the "automated statistics" link above, it's of course virtually inactive for 3 years plus 4 months (Jun 2019 - Oct 2022), so the main problem I said above is how to invite and encourage Arakan speakers to contribute the test project. This is much more commonly seen over past years regarding a lot of Incubator small test projects which have millions of speakers. Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 23:56, 7 October 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    @Liuxinyu970226 On the language side, Arakan grammar, Rakhine vocabulary dictionary, Rakhine dictionary and other language components are complete. As for fonts and keyboard, the Burmese script is very fragmented, so it's still convenient. Most of the internet users in Arakan also use Noto Sans Fonts, Pyi Daung Su, They use Unicode keyboards to write only in Arakan language. There are people who are translating English to Arakan on Translatewiki so that more Arakan words can come using the fonts and keyboard mentioned above. In order to include more Arakan speakers, Wikipedia will need to add Arakan language first. YaThaWinTha (talk) 08:04, 8 October 2022 (UTC)[reply]