Requests for new languages/Wikipedia West Coast Bajau

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main page Request for a new language edition: Wikipedia West Coast Bajau

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 bdr (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name West Coast Bajau Language name in English
Language name Ling Sama 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 Q2880037 - 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 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/Kuching "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.


West Coast Bajau (Ling Sama) is an Austronesian language spoken by the Bajau Sama people that is spoken mainly in the west coast of Sabah, Borneo Malaysia. There are about 210,000 Bajau Sama people according to Ethnologue and is one of the main ethnic group in Sabah. This language is still used in daily communication and has a radio station and news channel in this language by the government. This language has developed its physical dictionary and has an agency for this language which is the Bajau Sama Language and Culture Association (BSBB).


Arguments in favour[edit]

  • Support We hope that Wikipedia Sama will be the first indigenous language in Malaysia to be released in Incubator and will be the prime example for other languages here. --Tofeiku (talk) 14:20, 20 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Tofeiku: Wait, have you ever created the contents? Until now the portal page is still "tocreate". --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 01:16, 21 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Liuxinyu970226: Not yet because I just created it and the community will start creating the contents soon. We are discussing first which word should match with "Main page". --Tofeiku (talk) 02:11, 21 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Liuxinyu970226: We have created the Main page and has a few small articles already. We will recruit more next week with a workshop. --Tofeiku (talk) 13:20, 24 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support I support the idea of creating the bajau sama Wikipedia (sukung ku muat Wikipedia bajau sama tu)Samatomod (talk) 07:38, 24 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support I support the cI support the creation of Bajau Sama wikipedia...sukung ku binuat Bajau Sama wikioedia tu Chenderamata (talk) 07:42, 24 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]