Requests for new languages/Wiktionary Mandailing

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main page Request for a new language edition: Wiktionary Mandailing

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 btm (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Mandailing Language name in English
Language name Mandailing 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 Q2891049 - 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 Wikikamus "Wiktionary" in your language
Project namespace Wikikamus usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace Pembicaraan Wikikamus "Wiktionary 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/Jakarta "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)


A Mandailing script, pre-1800s.

Mandailing or Mandailing Batak is an Austronesian language spoken in Indonesia, the northern island of Sumatra. It is spoken mainly in Mandailing Natal Regency, North Padang Lawas Regency, Padang Lawas Regency, and eastern parts of Labuhan Batu Regency, North Labuhan Batu Regency, South Labuhan Batu Regency and northwestern parts of Riau Province. It is written using the Latin script but historically used Batak script.

Native speakers: 1.1 million (2000 census[1])


  • Support I have been in touch with the community since last year, and they've shown great progress in adding more than one thousand entries in just several months since they started. And I saw a lot of activities in their new project, even in the months to come with their plan to hold edit-a-thons and other events. I highly recommend the Language Committee to approve this project. Thank you. Bennylin 06:07, 1 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support Halo saya salah satu kontributor aktif di wiktionary bahasa Mandailing, semoga bapak/ibu penilai berkenan dengan pengajuan kami ini IHLubis (talk) 06:44, 1 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support saya seorang penutur bahasa Mandailing dan saya sangat senang dengan kemajuan sampai saat ini dan berharap bahasa mandailing berhasil keluar dari incubator terima kasih Aghoni.28 (talk) 08:07, 1 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support I think this language can already be released out of the incubator, because they are very serious in developing this language Sathira15 (talk) 07:25, 2 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support Pretty much active community. Veracious (talk) 07:27, 2 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]