Requests for new languages/Wikisource Central Bikol

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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). 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 bcl (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Central Bikol Language name in English
Language name Bikol Sentral 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 Q33284 - 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 Wikiburabod "Wikisource" in your language
Project namespace Wikiburabod usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace Ulay sa Bikol Sentral Wikisource "Wikisource 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:Wikisource bcl-logo.svg This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone Asia/Manila "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.


Central Bikol is one of the most spoken among indigenous languages in the Philippines and is a major language which is used in the Mother Tongue- Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) of Department of Education in the Philippines along with Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilokano, Waray, Kapampangan, Pangasinense among others. Publication in the local language began in the 1890s with the establishment of local printing presses in the region. It was the beginning of the first golden age of Bikol literature. Currently, there are remnants and rare copies of old publications which are valuable sources of information that can be found in libraries and private collections such as local newspapers, magazines, almanacs, and other publications. An open-source like Wikisource in the local language can serve as a repository of these materials.


There are libraries that have a collection of old local newspapers and magazines waiting to be digitized and transcribed for the use of the public and future generations. Personally, I have a collection of old souvenir programs now in the public domain and other publication which copyright has expired. --Filipinayzd (talk) 01:26, 30 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Filipinayzd: Have you ever been started the test project? as of now the main page even doesn't exist. --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 03:33, 30 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]