Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Shughni

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main page Request for a new language edition: Wikipedia Shughni
submitted verification final decision
Applications-system.svg 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, will verify the test project content with a reliable neutral source, such as a professor or expert and notify the Board of Trustees for a possible veto.

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.

A committee member provided the following comment:

No problems with the eligibility here. --MF-W 22:00, 31 March 2013 (UTC)
  • 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
Proposal
Language code sgh (SILEthnologue) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Shughni Language name in English
Language name xuγ̌nůn ziv 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 Q34053 - item has currently the following values:
  • en label = Shughni
  • native label (P1705) =
  • instance/subclass (P31/P279) = language / Eastern Iranian languages
  • Wikimedia language code (P424) =
  • writing system (P282) = no value
  • number of speakers (P1098) = 60,000
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.
Community
You can optionally list your user name if you are an active contributor to the test wiki. Add "N" next to your name if you are a native speaker of this language.
Links Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.
Settings
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 135x135 PNG derivative from a decent SVG image (instructions)
Default project timezone "Continent/City", e.g. "Europe/Brussels" or "America/Mexico City" (see list of valid timezones)
Additional namespaces For example for a Wikisource which would need "Page", "Page talk", "Index", "Index talk"
Additional settings Anything else that should be set
submit phabricator task (includes everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings)

Shughni language is spoken by more than 60,000 people in Tajikistan and Afghanistan. With the growing community of Internet users in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province of Tajikistan and Northern Afghanistan, there are more chances to have high-quality contributors to the Wikipedia in this language,

Arguments in favour[edit]

  • Creating Wikipedia in Shughni language will in some way save it from extinction, as far as there are less written sources of Shughni language and it is currently taught to children in families, not in schools. Shughni Wikipedia can become one of the main sources of knowledge in this language. Bektour (talk) 17:11, 11 May 2013 (UTC)
  • Shughni speaking minority will be included to the internet community with a possibility to get more excess to the information\ knowledge, which is also can be viewed as empowering people.
  • Shughni speaking people are not in minority ( government does a good job making it one), there are actually a lot of people speaking Pamirian language, so adding this type of language to wikipedia will give a way for Shughni speaking people to develop, in turms of knowledge.

Arguments against[edit]

  • The language does not have a standard, commonly accepted alphabet
  • There is no widely available font for the language
  • Native shugnis widely use Tajik for written communication

Other discussion[edit]