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Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Maguindanaon

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submitted verification final decision
Discuss the creation of this language project on this page. Votes will be ignored when judging the proposal. Please provide arguments or reasons and be prepared to defend them (see the Language proposal policy).

The language committee needs to verify the language is eligible to be approved.

  • Check that the project does not already exist (see list).
  • Obtain an ISO 639 code
  • Ensure the requested language is sufficiently unique that it could not exist on a more general wiki.
  • Ensure that there are a sufficient number of native editors of that language to merit an edition in that language.
  • 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 mdh (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Maguindanaon Language name in English
Language name Basa Magindanawn باس مڬندنون 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 Q33717 - 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 for mdh-Latn; RTL for mdh-Arab 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 Wikipidia "Wikipedia" in your language
Project namespace Wikipidia 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 Asia/Manila "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: 2,021,099 (2020)
  • Location(s) spoken: Maguindanao del Norte, Maguindanao del Sur as the main language; Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte as the minority language. Generally spoken anywhere Maguindanaons reside. It was the former lingua franca of Sultanate of Maguindanao.


Arguments in favour[edit]

  • Strong support Strong support I support that the wikipedia community grant the privilege to Maguindanaon speakers to be able to express their language identity in the wikipedia. Bangsa Manusia
  • Strong support Strong support I believe that if Wikipedia is the one way to preserve the Language, I am supported --Philippines ShiminUfesoj 🌏 (🦜)Philippines 08:24, 30 November 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  • Strong support Strong support With over 2 million speakers, Maguindanao is one of the 10 most spoken languages of the Philippines so there is a large base of potential editors and readers of content written in Maguindanao. --Christopher Sundita (talk) 17:22, 2 December 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support not sure why this doesn’t have a Wikipedia when we have languages nobody speaks like Old English and Lingua Franca Nova Dronebogus (talk) 16:15, 17 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Arguments against[edit]

General discussion[edit]