Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Mentawai

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main page Request for a new language edition: Wikipedia Mentawai

submitted verification final decision


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 mwv (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Mentawai Language name in English
Language name Behase Mentawei 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 Q13365 - 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 "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 yes 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.

A language spoken on the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia by 65,000 people. --OosWesThoesBes 08:43, 8 February 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Arguments in favour[edit]

  • Agreed with OosWesThoesBes comment below --Andri.h 04:39, 11 April 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Es gibt noch keine Enzyklopädie in die Mentawei Sprache. Es wird sicherlich ein gutes Projekt werden. Päge bintën 09:44, 1 May 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Mentawai Islands and Padang are one province, but, their language is different Azmi1995 09:17, 28 May 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Other Indonesian languages have been successful no reason to think this one wont, no doubt a language, proper ISO code and native and willing participants, lets go!Qrc2006 18:56, 10 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • support, Willy2000 13:39, 26 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • support NoiX180 05:34, 5 September 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Arguments against[edit]

  • Why this request ? There are thousands of other languages ... GerardM 20:00, 11 February 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    This is one of the few coded languages I speak well enough for a Wikipedia which hasn't got a Wikipedia yet. The other possibility was Karaim. --OosWesThoesBes 15:07, 26 February 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Obviously there is no interested community. --Thogo (talk) 08:25, 26 February 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Why not? I currently have got contact with native speakers and I will show them the advantages of a Wikipedia. They might be interested, and don't forget me :) --OosWesThoesBes 15:06, 26 February 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Weakly against. Is there already standard Mentawainese writing? Is there any literature written in Mentawainese? I will support wiktionary for the language, but not wikipedia. Kembangraps 09:12, 22 May 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Other discussion[edit]

  • Hey, where is the Native speaker of Mentawai language Azmi1995 02:49, 26 July 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Localisation update[edit]

  • Currently 35.76% of the most used MediaWiki messages have been localised. Localisation of these messages is a requirement before your request is finally assessed. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. Thanks, GerardM 12:20, 12 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Currently 33.05% of the most used MediaWiki messages have been localised. Localisation of these messages is a requirement before your request is finally assessed. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. Thanks,