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This proposal has been rejected.
This decision was taken by the language committee in accordance with the Language proposal policy based on the discussion on this page.

A committee member provided the following comment:

See rule #3 under "Requisites for eligibility" in the Language proposal policy. LangCom believes that this is not a sufficiently different language; between Low German Wikipedia and Dutch Low Saxon Wikipedia this ground is sufficiently covered. For LangCom: StevenJ81 (talk) 15:20, 21 June 2018 (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).
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What Value Example / Explanation
Language code frs (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name East Frisian Low Saxon Language name in English
Language name Platdüütsk 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 Q149208 - 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.

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Aside from being the butt of regional jokes, it is a reletively distinct variety spoken on the german border with the netherlands, keeping close ties with neighboring Gronings, both of which have a frisian substratum and are unintilligable to other low german varieties. This language is slowly disapearing and strongly needs preservation.


  • Oppose. This is a bad idea indeed. East Frisian (in spite of its name) is a dialect of Low German, and we have a Low German Wikipedia. In fact, its native name is given above as Plattdüütsk. As always, one can hold lengthy discussion on what constitutes a dialect of a separate language. And yes, East Frisian does differ from other Low German varieties. I can very well understand how East Frisian speakers have trouble collaborating with speakers of Westphalian on the same website. But granting East Frisian its own Wikipedia, or indeed aknowledging this proposal as eligible, would spell the end of the Low German Wikipedia. It would have to be split up into various dialect wikis: East Frisian, Westphalian, Eastphalian, Sleswegian, Mecklenburgian... When you start a Wikipedia in a language without a standardised form, you will always have to cope with dialect differences. As for being the butt of jokes: just silence your fellow Low Germans with excellent articles! :) Steinbach (formerly Caesarion) 10:15, 21 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]
Valid point, the integrity of Low German Wikipedia is out of the question. My intention is to combine requests for East Frisian Low Saxon and Gronnings Wikipedia, considering they both belong to the same subgroup within the Low Saxon continuum and display similar Frisian characteristics, and form a unified standard, which would be the best. Both the Low German and nl-nds wikis alone cannot cover the broad scope of these two vernaculars. Eitanish 17:22, 22 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]

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