Requests for new languages/Wikivoyage Egyptian Arabic

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main page Request for a new language edition: Wikivoyage Egyptian Arabic

submitted verification final decision


This proposal has been rejected.
While this request has technically been rejected, in reality this is a request that has been sitting open or on hold for a long time with little evidence of a community coming together to build a project. If a community comes together in the future and makes a new request, LangCom would consider that new request without prejudice.

A committee member provided the following comment:

In over a year "on hold", no content was created for this project. The proposal is therefore closed as stale. For LangCom: StevenJ81 (talk) 22:00, 6 June 2019 (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 arz (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Egyptian Arabic Language name in English
Language name مصرى 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 Q29919 - 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 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 "Wikivoyage" in your language
Project namespace usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace "Wikivoyage 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 This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone Egypt "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 (includes everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings)

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.


This is a language that is located within the SIL macrolanguage ara. Egyptian Arabic has 58 million speakers, is a very common language within Egypt and many expect to contribute to this project. There should be a project like this since there is already an active Wikipedia in this language. This language is rated 3 (Wider communication) in Ethnologue.


  1. Symbol support vote.svg Support for the following reasons:
    • Wikipedia already exists in this language (link to Egyptian Arabic Wikipedia)
    • Egyptian Arabic has already been written written down for many centuries.
    • Many native speakers should be interested in contributing.
    • Egyptian Television has (since 1960!) many programs on daily life and travel. -- 01:29, 24 May 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Comment Comment Although potential readers is quite high (50 million speakers) and because that there is a high chance to find some contributors, it would be better if the proposal and incubator has activity from native/highly-fluent speakers. Please contact Egyptian Arabic wikipedians to see if there is someone interested to make it grow and go live. --Zerabat (discusión) 02:41, 31 May 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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