Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Skolt Sami 2

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main page Request for a new language edition: Wikipedia Skolt Sami 2

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.

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:

There seem to be no problems with eligibility. --MF-W 08:44, 24 April 2022 (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 sms (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Skolt Sami Language name in English
Language name nuõrttsääʹmǩiõll, sääʹmǩiõll 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 Q13271 - 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 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 Wikipedia usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace Saǥstõõllâm "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 Europe/Sevettijärvi (Europe/Helsinki) "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.


While the number of speakers of Skolt Sámi is only 320–400, the Inari Sámi have taken their project from incubator to full-blown Wikipedia with the same amount of speakers, so I would like to re-request that a Skolt Sámi Wikipedia be officially opened in the incubator.
Currently there is not a great deal of traffic there, but there are 3 of us editing it and I am hoping to convince previous editors, some of whom are native speakers, to start editing again now that there is a bigger community of editors.
Since fall 2020 students have been able to major in Skolt Sámi at the University of Oulu. Prior to that, we had the possibility of taking 25 credit hours of basic-level courses and 25 credit hours of intermediate-level courses. The course topics range from linguistics to translation and we write a lot of text in those classes that could easily be included in a Skolt Sámi Wikipedia.
There are also schoolchildren who would benefit from encyclopedic material in Skolt Sámi as few schoolbooks are actually produced in the language. They are also potential editors. Any material produced would also be useful to Skolt Sámi living on the Norwegian and Russian sides of the border, where even less material is produced.
The localization of Mediawiki core is 17% done and the most important messages is at 53%. In addition, it has been possible to use Skolt Sámi in Wikidata since 2019 and it has been added as much as possible. -Yupik (talk) 03:31, 18 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

As of April 24, 2022, this now stands at localization of Mediawiki core is 19% done and the most important messages is at 57%. -Yupik (talk) 22:55, 23 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
As of the beginning of 2023, localization of Mediawiki core is 32% done and the most important messages is at 76%. (Just putting this here so these statistics are somewhere :)) -Yupik (talk) 12:42, 13 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • Strong support Strong support: Once the language is verified as eligible, the community is able to work to make the language approved. iyumu Diversity icon red.svg 03:47, 20 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Yupik, it looks good that the most used messages in Skolt Sami (sms) are translated. Later, if the language is verified, it is better to gather at least 3 active editors, continuing editing for more than 3 months (based on our experience of the incubation of Paiwan Wikipedia). You can check the analysis of activities here. iyumu Diversity icon red.svg 06:41, 20 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Strong support Strong support Although new languages can be used in Wikidata and Structured Data on Commons also without a dedicated Wikipedia, a Wikipedia project still constitutes a major leap in the adoption of Wikimedia projects in those language communities and the opportunities for language revitalization. Writing articles is a natural and self-explanatory way to familiarize with Wikimedia projects over tagging media, for example. – Susanna Ånäs (Susannaanas) 🦜 12:37, 20 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Strong support Strong support Every nation should have a Wiki. Event if it becomes dead.Пан Хаунд (talk) 17:19, 18 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support No problems on eligibility as it has enough speakers support the project, even though it's currently inactive for half years which indeed blocks a potential approval. --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 02:15, 24 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]