Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Simple Chinese

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submitted verification final decision

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:

Neither LangCom nor the original proposer are aware of any established simple form of Chinese. Anyone wanting to create such a project as an experiment can do so at Incubator Plus. For LangCom: StevenJ81 (talk) 14:35, 2 August 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).
  • The community needs to discuss and complete the settings table below:
What Value Example / Explanation
Language code zh-simple (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Simple Chinese Language name in English
Language name 简易中文 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 NA 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 维基百科 "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 File:Wikipedia-logo-zh.png This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone Shanghai (GMT+8) "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.


I really like the idea of the Simple English Wikipedia, so I decided to create a Simple Chinese Wikipedia, Chinese is the world’s most widely spoken language and this will be a very good resource for people learning Chinese TheChampionMan1234 (talk) 03:35, 3 July 2012 (UTC)[reply]


No valid ISO 639 code. This submission should be invalidated. Bencmq (talk) 09:12, 3 July 2012 (UTC)[reply]

Not necessarily. See mailarchive:wikimedia-l/2011-June/113053.html and e.g. Requests for new languages/Wikipedia French Simple 3. Note that the user is not referring to Simplified Chinese (zh-hans). If there is actually a standard for basic Chinese texts, then this may be considered valid. PiRSquared17 (talk) 14:19, 31 July 2013 (UTC)[reply]
I guess there won't be such a thing unless the requestor shows it exists. --MF-W 14:21, 31 July 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Strongly oppose - not utilizing manpower from the Chinese Internet community. --Carrotkit (talk) (zh-N, en-3, ru-1, uk-1) 09:25, 18 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Strongly oppose per above as b:zh:Wikijunior:维基儿童 already writes simpler Chinese for younger children, though instructional rather than encyclopedic.--Jusjih (talk) 01:37, 8 October 2017 (UTC)[reply]

I also would benefit from a Simple Chinese wiki. Chinese is hard to learn and it would be great to not have to dive deep into it. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 7:03, 10 June 2018 (UTC)