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Hi everyone. This page is opened as a contingency plan. You can continue or open conversations here, store information and anything. We will also periodically gather relevant status information here and ping everyone when we start to be back online. Please add your username below if you wish to be notified of our progress. cc @Pamputt, Olaf, Poslovitch, WikiLucas00, Poemat, Eihel, Titodutta, सुबोध कुलकर्णी, Subodh (CIS-A2K), Lyokoï, LoquaxFR, DSwissK, Vami, and Bicolino34: Yug (talk) 13:07, 11 March 2021 (UTC)

Server fire and Backup?[edit]

Millions of websites offline after fire at French cloud services firm
See official Wikimedia France message on #Lingua_Libre_2.3_-_Phoenix_Edition_ǃ section.
TL;DR: All recorded audios are already and safely on Wikimedia Commons. 3 weeks required to restore website, database into proper shape. Some documentations, lists, translations may be lost.

Operations to prepare[edit]

Bots, Programation[edit]

@Poslovitch: were you able to save the requests form from the kur and cat communities ? Yug (talk) 14:55, 14 March 2021 (UTC)

@Yug: No. I wasn't. --Poslovitch (talk) 15:46, 14 March 2021 (UTC)

@Olaf: Sascha Brawer from UNILEX just shared a Qrank system for Wikidata entities, based on agregated Wikipedia articles's pageviews. No actionable now for us, just stored here. For 2025 when all words of wikt will be recorded XD Yug (talk) 11:34, 16 March 2021 (UTC)

@Yug: Well, the top of this list is:
  1. Wikimedia main page
  2. United States Senate
  3. Donald Trump
  4. Joe Biden
  5. Bible
  6. Elizabeth II
  7. Kamala Harris
  8. 1918-1920 flu pandemic
  9. COVID-19 pandemic
  10. YouTube
  11. United States of America
Not directly useful. Still after a bit of filtering, one could produce some interesting lists from this - for example lists of famous people or places in each country. Especially for English, because apparently American point of view dominates the whole dataset. Olaf (talk) 15:52, 16 March 2021 (UTC)
After functional words, concepts (aka "articles") would be a fair heuristic to record more. I think any popular page is a popular concept and should have its audio. Far, far in the future :D Yug (talk) 20:21, 16 March 2021 (UTC)

Interesting contacts[edit]

Networking operation to prepare for after back online and MediaWiki upgrades.

Wished contact Organisation Domain Contact LL volunteer
April Taiwanese languages contact Yug
April Moedict Chinese, Taiwanese languages Yug
April Endangered Languages @elararchive Yug
April NTNU MTC Chinese courses Miao Lin-Zucker Yug
*: footnote comments here.


  • I'am teaming up with a Chinese teacher to build her a custom list relevant to her book. Hope it creates some Chinese usage / uploads. Yug (talk) 14:55, 14 March 2021 (UTC)

101 Sign Language Project[edit]

I've been looking for small projects we could push forward here despite the current unavailability of Lili's Recording Studio and wiki. One possibility which has previously been floated around was to create a basic vocabulary list for Sign Language. Sign Language is an under-used communication tool when we all wear speech-tempering COVID masks or find ourselves in noisy contexts where sound wont pass through. A practical list, to enhance daily life and initiate the wider population to Sign language(s) could help. It should be useful words which can be easily studied, remembered, in order to change people communication practices by being relevant to daily life (family, work), common noisy context (bar, concert, buffets), places requiring silence (work meetings, conference rooms, theaters), distant communication (beach, hiking, swimming, glass-blocked) or toddler communication (eat, clean, feeling). "Drink more ?" (toddler), "Me returning" (hiking, swimming), "Stop" and "Resume" (construction sites, roadsides), would be good Sign language candidates. Existing frequency lists would surely contains ideas but should be heavily edited to include more practicals words and idioms. Yug (talk) 21:58, 18 March 2021 (UTC)

Hi @Yug: I totally agree that we should develop the part of Lingua Libre dedicated to signed languages. Though, you should be careful to several points:
There is no universal sign language unlike what you seem to be suggesting. For example, American Sign Language is different from Australian Sign Language, and these languages are different from French Sign Language or Lyon Sign Language... Each signed language has to be treated individually, just like we do with spoken ones (i.e. a set of lists for FSL, another for ASL, etc.).
Also, I don't think you spotlighted the best reasons for improving signed languages on LiLi. It would indeed be good if more non-disabled people knew about signed languages, and having more recordings done in signed languages on LiLi could help achieve this goal. But the main goal is not to make non-disabled people's life and communication easier. It is to help Deaf people in their daily life by having a population that knows them a little better, and who can understand/use a few signs to facilitate interactions with them. We have to do it for Deaf people, and for the outreach of Deaf culture in general. 🙂🧏‍♀️🧏‍♂️ — WikiLucas (🖋️) 22:39, 19 March 2021 (UTC)
@WikiLucas00: Thanks for pointing these out. The written « Sign Language word list » we can create can be common while it could be used for various Sign Languages, naturally.
On point two... Only a minority has deaf people within their close social network encouraging actively learning of Sign Languages. So it is not a sufficient entry point. We don't want to frontally make it about a minority nor about learning a whole language.
But everyone has situations where oral communication is not effective and hand gestures can help.
To expand acceptance of Sign Languages among general public we can follow documented occurrences of mass adoption of « Hand Signals » (:en, :fr). On the side of language teaching, we also know learning and adoption occurs when real needs and usages is at play.
I therefore support as entry point that Sign Language can enhance everybody's communication, with the objective to modestly enhance every individuals. The aim is to first ping and "charm" the whole population with an immediate personal gain : enhance their communication capability in more frequent noisy or challenging contexts. Building this Hand Gestures list from practical words and local Sign Languages we can put few conventional signs into everyone hands. We want the largest public possible to adopt Sign Language via few signs. I expect this initial fun learning to raise familiarity with wider Sign Languages, how easy we can learn one, and call-in an healthy conversation about general Sign Languages training and inclusivity of deaf people. For this larger public outreach, disability should be a satellite aspect which will raise up later on. That's the broad idea I have in mind for this project. PS: I'am already building a list. Yug (talk) 12:23, 20 March 2021 (UTC)

Lingua Libre 2.3 - Phoenix Edition ǃ[edit]

A Phoenix version of LiLi's logo!
TL;DR: All previously recorded audios are on Wikimedia Commons. We need 3 weeks to restore the website, Wikibase and plugins into proper shape and upgrade MediaWiki to 1.35. Some documentation, word lists and translations may be lost.
Hi everyone,

After the fire at OVHCloud, here are some news on Lingua Libre, how and when we will have it back up again.
Lingua Libre is hosted on two separate servers. The first one, which hosts our BlazeGraph and a copy of the data for each item in the Wikibase, is preserved. This is probably not the case to date with the second, which hosted our MediaWiki and Wikibase installation. Either way, your work is not lost: all the recordings are already and still available on Commons. The OVH fire forces us to restore data from our BlazeGraph. The uncertainty on the part of the host leads us to prioritize the reconstruction of a functional version of Lingua Libre under MediaWiki 1.35.

It requires to:

  • Set up LinguaLibre with MediaWiki 1.35
  • Regenerate the elements of the Wikibase from the BlazeGraph.
  • Check in documentation, help pages and talk pages from Google, Yahoo, Yandex, Bing and Internet Archive caches.
  • Recreate word lists with bots: words without wiktionary records (72 lists), frequent words (100+ lists), Marathi by letter, etc.
  • Rebuild site configurations and modules.

Best case scenario recovery date: April 9, 2021. More news on that will come on the 2nd of April.
Best regards to everyone ǃ Thank you for your patience and help ǃ --Adelaide Calais WMFr (talk) 16:02, 19 March 2021 (UTC)

Thank Adelaide for this announcement.
Greetings @Pamputt, Olaf, Poslovitch, WikiLucas00, Poemat, Eihel, Titodutta, सुबोध कुलकर्णी, Subodh (CIS-A2K), Lyokoï, LoquaxFR, DSwissK, and Vami:
So for us contributors we now have 3 weeks pause, when developers are working, restoring the data into the suitable form, and doing the required verification. We will then have to lead the Wikipages restoration and wikification effort. Special help will be needed to restore things up : Wikilucas for some templates & translation set up, Olaf for the wikt lists bot, Eihel for modules, every willing volunteers for wikification of pages. Happy to have a clear plan ahead, after April 9. Yug (tallk) 18:06, 19 March 2021 (UTC)
Thanks for the update Adélaïde Calais WMFr about the page that may be lost, especially the help pages and other wiki pages, have they been already copied from the different caches (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.) by someone (Wikivalley or other) or do you still need to do it? Pamputt (talk) 19:47, 21 March 2021 (UTC)
@Pamputt: We made a first scrapping of Google, Yahoo, Bing, Yandex cached page by hand for English wikipages. We then shared our files on We haven't digged for translations nor for lists. It is needed but I haven't had time these past days. Few languages (gascon, swedish, ...) have been especially active on translations and that would be a pity to lose those. Yug (talk) 22:46, 21 March 2021 (UTC)
Many thanks Adélaïde Calais WMFr for this optimistic updates. We really appreciate the efforts being put by all of you to get back all of us to the recording studio soon. Take care... - सुबोध कुलकर्णी (talk) 04:51, 22 March 2021 (UTC)
Thanks Adélaïde Calais WMFr; since we're on the 5th of April, are there more news available? (cf "more news on the 2nd April"). Missing Lili too much :p Julien Baley 16:40, 5 April 2021 (UTC)
@Julien Baley: Adélaïde Calais WMFr made this announcement last week (in French, I quickly translated):
"We held our Lingua Libre rebuilding committee this morning.
To answer your questions about OVHCloud: the Lingua Libre machine is part of the special cases of the company, and will thus be treated among the last ones (no guarantees or dates have been given). We are therefore continuing our action plan following the 5 points mentioned above, in order to reassemble Lingua Libre ourselves.
So far, we have put together an Alpha version of Lingua Libre in MediaWiki 1.35 (the first task), and tests have been done on the blazegraph (second task). This ensures that the action plan is feasible.
Nevertheless, the final deployment still requires a lot of adjustments, which is why we are now readjusting the expected public launch date of Lingua Libre to 22 April 2021.
Thank you for your support, we will keep you posted as soon as we have more results."
All the best — WikiLucas (🖋️) 18:54, 7 April 2021 (UTC)
Thanks Lucas, happy to get this update (although rather sad that it's bad news, of course). Julien Baley 20:49, 7 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support new phoenix edition logo (for 3 weeks and return of the blue logo, @Noé:) —Eihel (talk) 20:56, 27 March 2021 (UTC)
  • Fire support (too soon ?) Yug (talk) 16:27, 28 March 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support It's a wonderful idea. This phoenix logo could become permanent. Olaf (talk) 18:28, 29 March 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support It makes me :-). Cantons-de-l'Est (talk) 14:07, 1 April 2021 (UTC)
  • Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support It's a nice logo for a comeback. :) Kunokuno (talk) 11:15, 6 April 2021 (UTC)

@Adélaïde Calais WMFr Could you please share any update about the restoration of site? Marathi community members are really missing it, eager to start...Subodh (CIS-A2K) (talk) 05:16, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

Hi @Subodh (CIS-A2K): I posted a message from Adélaïde last week (just above the votes), the announced date for the re-opening is the 22nd of April, and according to the Tech Team working on the project, this deadline will be respected. Only one week to go! All the best — WikiLucas (🖋️) 06:40, 15 April 2021 (UTC)