Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Maasai

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main page Request for a new language edition: Wikipedia Maasai

submitted verification final decision


This proposal has been rejected.
While this request has technically been rejected, in reality this is a request that has been sitting open or on hold for a long time with little evidence of a community coming together to build a project. If a community comes together in the future and makes a new request, LangCom would consider that new request without prejudice.

A committee member provided the following comment:

If someone starts creating a test project, we can reconsider. For LangCom: StevenJ81 (talk) 15:48, 23 April 2019 (UTC)Reply[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 mas (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Maasai Language name in English
Language name ɔl Maa 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 Q35787 - 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" 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", 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.


--Hal2453455555551 (talk) 00:17, 9 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Ethnologue says that it's developing, has 842,000 speakers, but unlike many Bantu languages, nearly all of them are also having Somali language knowledge, maybe contributors of Somali Wikipedia can have their opinions here. --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 09:15, 17 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Actually, the total number of speakers is 1.5 million; in addition to the 842,000 in Kenya, there are almost as many again in Tanzania. It is only the relatively small Kore group in Kenya that switched from Maa to the Somali language. On the whole, Maasai do not have knowledge of Somali. Both the Maa and the Somali language are Nilotic languages but not very closely related (it would be like saying that the Danish have English language knowledge as both are Germanic languages). The reference to Bantu languages pertains to the Arusha ethnic group, members of which are separated into speaking two different languages, one being a dialect of Maa, the other being a totally unrelated Bantu language. I would be very happy to see interested Maasai become active in forming a wikipedia community - alas!, they probably need support which they may not receive locally. I'm going to spread the word among my East Africa connections ... Cheers! --Baba Tabita (talk) 19:19, 26 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Just let us know that the test project is started contributing. --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 14:56, 6 March 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Someone created a Main Page, but that's in English after the "Welcome to Wikipedia" comment. So closing as stale. StevenJ81 (talk) 15:48, 23 April 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]