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Jewel457, Filipinayzd and Ringer, Start na tayo, Vin. Geopoet (talk) 10:19, 4 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Count me in! -Rinconada (talk) 11:58, 29 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yes, I would like to take part too!--Steven*fung (talk) 10:15, 1 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Dindin has not confirmed if she would like be a proponent. Brazal.dang however is interested to be one. --Filipinayzd (talk) 03:27, 2 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Please consider me as a proponent. -Maffeth.opiana (talk) 13:03, 2 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]


1. to initiate, support, promote, and participate in projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

2. to create, organize, develop, and engage in activities that promote free, responsibly open-content resources and reference materials in English, and Philippine languages particularly in Bikol Sentral, Tagalog, Pangasinan and Cebuano, where there is an existing community.

3. to collaborate, cooperate, network, and associate with (local and) Chapters and User Groups of Wikimedians, institutions, and individuals to promote free culture movement.

  • To publish online thru the Wikimedia the many histories, culture and arts, ethnic traditions existing in the Philippines researched on-site by the Group members;
this is part of #2 already
  • To encourage students, professionals, writers and publishers and other media practitioners the use of the local languages/dialects in writing literature, books, magazines and other means of media propagation;
this is part of #3 already
  • To provide translations of English terms to the local languages/dialects of the Philippines;
this is part of #2 already
  • To conduct scholarly research and engage in research writing to be published online thru the Wikipedia for all future users.
we can add "to propose" in #1

--Filipinayzd (talk) 02:23, 6 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Okay. I think we can publish the first 3 as "General Objectives" and the rest as "Specific Objectives." Geopoet (talk) 07:01, 6 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

since we already have the community for pampanga-speaking persons c/o edwin camaya (i think), we should include them in general objectives #2. the last clause in the last sentence in the same objective must pertain to the philippine-language communities that would be created later. this is to show that philwiki is recognizing the already existing wikipedia communities in the philippines --Billie bb (talk) 08:54, 22 January 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Under this section, we should put our specific goals such as those activities that can be done in a year at most, with tangible results. --Filipinayzd (talk) 02:29, 6 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Alternate User Group name[edit]

Following the naming convention, we can use any of the following for formality:

  • PhilWiki Community User Group
  • Wikimedia Community User Group Philippines
  • Philippine Wikipedians User Group

-Filipinayzd (talk) 03:54, 6 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Currently we have people from Bicol region and Metro Manila who signified. --Filipinayzd (talk) 09:16, 7 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

General Questions from AffCom[edit]

We are expecting to be asked few questions by AffCom. Maybe we should start answering these question now. --Filipinayzd (talk) 03:51, 9 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Who are the people behind this application?
    • How many?
    • any active (on local or international level) Wiki[pm]edians? (please provide user names and wiki where most active)
    • Active in which communities if any?
    • How are they geographically distributed?
  • Could you give a short overview of the time path of the founding up to now?
  • Have there been any activities/meetings etc. of this group of people?
  • What kind of activities are planned for the future in the chapter?
  • Do you have an overview of how many Wikimedians would like to join the User Group when founded?
  • How can we help you?
  • [Question only for user group]: If you were recognized first as a user group, what name would you like to use? (There are some templates at Step-by-step_user_group_creation_guide#Naming_of_user_groups.)
  • [Question only for user group]: Do you have 2 contact persons who would be willing to sign the Wikimedia_User_Group_Agreement for the group?
  • [Question only for user group]: For how long do you request the user group recognition? (The default is a renewable one year term)

Emails from Affiliations Committee[edit]

Greetings. We have sent multiple emails to the contacts listed on the application for this proposed user group, but have not yet heard any communication back. Please respond to our emails (or send us a new email: within 72 hours (Monday, August 17, 2015 at 9:30am PHT) to let us know how you would like to proceed with your user group application. Thank you. --Varnent (talk)(COI) 01:14, 14 August 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Varnent. We received the emails and have replied to them. Thanks. --Filipinayzd (talk) 06:01, 1 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you! However, it has now been several days since the most recent exchange - so we are not sure if there is consensus within your group or not. Right now, we have mixed responses to our questions, so proceeding is difficult. --Varnent (talk)(COI) 14:58, 1 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Steven has agreed to the 4 terms given by Gregory. I have also agreed with reservations while Gil said no. --Filipinayzd (talk) 03:29, 2 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Right - see that is the problem. You cannot agree to the conduct of conduct and WUG agreement "with reservations" and Gil cannot simply say no and then still hope the group will be recognized. It simply does not and can not work that way. Either the group and its leader both fully agree to and then follow the agreement and code of conduct, or they cannot be a recognized affiliate. Having a majority agree is not sufficient, and agreeing "with reservations" is not an option. --Varnent (talk)(COI) 15:33, 21 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

As Filipinayzd pointed out I have already replied to Gregory's email and expressed and reiterated my agreement to all of the terms listed in the email. I can assure you that there is a consensus among us, and the consensus is that we are keen to move forward with this project and get it off the ground as soon as possible. I hope that's crystal clear, kind regards, Steven Steven*fung (talk) 16:10, 2 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I think what is hampering to the approval of our user group is the 4 particular terms:

1. Additional rewrite of the history section to speak towards the positive aspects of the group, and not subtly hint at the past negative behavior.

We have removed that section and replaced it with a photo gallery.
Thank you. --Varnent (talk)(COI) 15:30, 21 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You are welcome. --Filipinayzd (talk) 04:00, 22 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

2. Acknowledgment from the three applicant members that the defamation is a violation of the code of conduct, not acceptable behavior from an affiliate, and will result in affiliation status being rescinded if it continues.

I suggest that this particular term should be included in User group agreement and code of conduct as I do not find it there.
The term defamation will not be added to the code of conduct at this time, as it already states: "You must not engage in activity that is inconsistent with the Wikimedia guiding principles or poses significant risk to other Wikimedia organizations or Wikimedia projects." If you are wondering if defamation is considered - along with many other actions not spelled out clearly - to pose significant risk to other affiliates, the answer is yes. We are not going to enumerate all of the individual acts that would qualify as that is both limiting and more verbose than required. --Varnent (talk)(COI) 15:30, 21 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Okay, that is clear. I am agreeing, today, that: "[I] must not engage in activity that is inconsistent with the Wikimedia guiding principles or poses significant risk to other Wikimedia organizations or Wikimedia projects." --Filipinayzd (talk) 09:20, 22 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

3. Agreement from the three applicant members to help the user group focus on activities to help the Wikimedia movement, and not activities to harm another affiliate.

It is clearly stated in the objectives: "3. To collaborate, cooperate, network, and associate with Chapters and User Groups of Wikimedians as well as with institutions, organizations and individuals to promote free culture movement."
Your stated objectives and the actions we have expressed concern with are in conflict. Both your actions and words must be in sync, and simply stating good intent, while doing other actions contrary to that, is not sufficient. --Varnent (talk)(COI) 15:30, 21 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
In fact, we have an initiative project on November 8, 2015 called Color Run for Free Knowledge: Koloran ta an Kinaban. It is a collaborative effort of volunteers including former and current members of Wikimedia Philippines. The community-initiated project aims "to encourage support from the community to distribute copies of DVD with Kiwix - Wikipedia Offline content to three (3) public schools in the municipality of Canaman, Camarines Sur as the main recipients: namely Sta. Cruz National High School, Mangayawan High School, and Northern Canaman High School. The event also promotes awareness of the Wikipedia Offline, and Bikol Sentral Wikipedia among the hundreds of expected participants to revitalize the project. Top finishers will receive a copy of DVD with Kiwix - Wikipedia Offline content and a brochure on how to contribute in Bikol Sentral Wikipedia." --Filipinayzd (talk) 04:00, 22 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

4. Acknowledgment from the three applicant members that the defaming of other affiliates on Facebook, which has continued even since our last email, will put the user group's recognition in danger if it continues in the future.

I can disable my Facebook account if that could help.

--Filipinayzd (talk) 16:18, 2 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That is not what we are asking. We are asking for the three leaders to comply with the agreement you entered when you submitted the application. As stated above, at least one of your leaders is not willing to do that, and another is only willing to do it with reservations (which is not an option - you either agree or do not). I should again note that all three of you already agreed to it when you sent in your application, the problem is that you are now saying you do not intend to honor that agreement, and there were a number of violations that we pointed out privately via email since that agreement was made. I greatly appreciate all of the changes and progress made. However, we are at something of a barrier. If the WUG leaders will not follow the code of conduct and agreement you signed when you submitted your application, we cannot approve the application. As Filipinayzd stated: "Steven has agreed to the 4 terms given by Gregory. I have also agreed with reservations while Gil said no." If Filipinayzd is not willing to fully agree and if Gil is saying no as a leader of the WUG, then the application cannot be approved. Getting one to agree and updating just your text (but not committing to addressing your actions) is not sufficient. That is the final obstacle in place as you have already made the other changes requested. --Varnent (talk)(COI) 15:30, 21 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
When I post in my Facebook, I do as an individual and not as a Wikipedian, as in "I'm not wearing my Wikipedia editor hat there, so I'm only speaking for myself, not the Wikipedia" because it is a personal account unlike my Wikipedia account which is governed by the guidelines of Wikipedia and the editing community, but not the Wikimedia Foundation board or its affiliate organizations. But if that is the case, that I can keep my Facebook account, today, as I agree to the agreement and code of conduct, whether we agree or disagree that my previous posts are defamation, I have to abide to the agreement. For clarification, in my understanding, we have not agreed to the User group agreement and code of conduct until we have signed the paper. --Filipinayzd (talk) 04:00, 22 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Clarification that there is no paper signature agreement. As I stated above: "I should again note that all three of you already agreed to it when you sent in your application..." When you submitted your application, you electronically agreed, hence why we have referred to these as violations of an agreement you already entered into. I am glad that you are agreeing to follow the code of conduct. Is there any updates from Gil? As the third designated leader of the group, if Gil does not also commit to follow through on the agreement, we cannot approve the application. The last update we received indicated that Gil was not willing to follow through on the agreement. --Varnent (talk)(COI) 06:55, 22 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Okay, let's wait for Gil's response. --Filipinayzd (talk) 09:21, 22 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
When I submitted the application, I fully understood the Code of Conduct. I will follow it to the letter. Now, if you don't believe me again, it's no longer my fault. I was sincere in all my commitments with WMPH when I sign up with the organization; but truthfully, I was not trusted. So, that's it. I was just expressing my thoughts against individuals who are responsible for taking me for granted when I was ELECTED AUDITOR. I was trying to come through their midst to earn the their trust, but I failed. Now, if my refusal to retract my published statement against WMPH hinders the approval of the WUG. Then, I choose to resign my position as one of the major proponents and fully transfer my rights to Ringer. I'm sorry, I can't retract my statement. It will stand as is; but my commitment with Wikimedia Foundation will stand even particularly in translation works. Thank you, guys. It was an honor working with you. Geopoet (talk) 06:50, 28 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
We respect your decision Gil. --Filipinayzd (talk) 07:14, 28 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Quick clarification. No one is asking you to retract past statements. However, your group has not followed the agreement "to the letter" - which is why we brought up our concerns. WMPH's opinion has absolutely nothing to do with this. It is not a matter of believing you, it is a matter of addressing violations that occurred after the agreement was signed. Documented actions are betraying your comments. We are asking you to refrain from making future or restating past public accusations against other affiliates, and to not harass the leaders of other affiliates. The request for clarification came because many, including your fellow leaders (as quoted above), seemed to be uncertain if you were willing to agree to the terms moving forward based on your email to AffCom. You are absolutely welcome to share your concerns with WMF and through other appropriate means, and action will be taken if there is a need and ability to do so. However, publicly making accusations about the conduct of another affiliate, as the leader of a recognized affiliate, is problematic. I am happy to chat directly to help explain this further if there is confusion. Put simply, public attacks are disrespectful and tend to just make the problem worse, and that does not serve anyone's interests. If there is an actionable problem, turning it into a public battle makes it much harder to resolve. It also starts to come off as more personal than practical, which makes getting to the bottom of problems harder. Also, to be blunt, I do not think your group would appreciate it if others were doing it to you, and we would be reacting the same if that were occurring (as we have when this come up in other situations). I will take back your answer to the AffCom. --Varnent (talk)(COI) 09:40, 28 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Just as I stated, I have completely agreed to the Code of Conduct. I won't comment/criticize or even publish derogatory statements that will affect or offend the people of WMPH nor with any other affiliates of WMF. I will always do the work/project/program assigned to me/us in the most prudent way possible. This will be my personal pact to everyone and to WMF. Thank you for responding, Varnent. Geopoet (talk) 04:16, 29 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks Brazal.dang[edit]

You are most welcome to be part our our Community. We appreciate your intention to become a proponent. --Filipinayzd (talk) 03:19, 2 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Guys, please suggest a logo for our User Group. Thanks. --Filipinayzd (talk) 04:01, 23 September 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Logo of Philippine Wikimedia Community User Group

What do you think of this logo design? --Filipinayzd (talk) 02:45, 24 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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This is an update from the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee. Translations are available.

The Wikimedia Affiliations Committee is pleased to introduce the launch of the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list, which is basically a place for all the affiliates (chapters, thematic organizations, user groups) to discuss issues related to affiliates, make announcements to other affiliates, and collaborate on activities and community-wide events. The idea is to help facilitate the dialogue affiliates across our movement, plus collaborative discussions like community-wide activities, joint edit-a-thons, regional conferences, blog/report posts, or other communications from affiliates.

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De-Recognition of Affiliates with Long-standing Non-Compliance[edit]

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Recognition as a Wikimedia affiliate - a chapter, thematic organization, or user group - is a privilege that allows an independent group to officially use the Wikimedia name to further the Wikimedia mission. While most Wikimedia affiliates adhere to the basic compliance standards set forth in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation, a protocol has been developed to address the exceptional cases when a Wikimedia affiliate does not meet basic compliance standards and their continued recognition as a Wikimedia affiliate presents a risk to the Wikimedia movement.

In the past year, the Affiliations Committee - with support from Wikimedia Foundation staff - has made a concerted effort to address a handful of chapters with long-standing issues of non-compliance. As a result, in the coming days and months, a small number of chapters that have been unable to return to compliance through their efforts in the past year will not have their chapter agreements renewed. As a consequence, these organizations will no longer have the additional rights to use the Wikimedia trademarks, including the Wikimedia name, that had been granted under those agreements.

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This movement strategy discussion will focus on the future of our movement: where we want to go together, and what we want to achieve. We hope to design an inclusive process that makes space for everyone: editors, community leaders, affiliates, developers, readers, donors, technology platforms, institutional partners, and people we have yet to reach. There will be multiple ways to participate including on-wiki, in private spaces, and in-person meetings. You are warmly invited to join and make your voice heard.

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--Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 02:42, 24 October 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you for tagging us. Kindly read my comment and opinion in the discussion. --Filipinayzd (talk) 10:45, 13 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Filipinayzd: Language Committee will take this up after the first of the year. It's nearly certain that LangCom will not vote to close this project. Still, I think many of the comments on the quality of some of the bot contributions are well-taken. Can the PhilWiki Community work with the rest of the cebwiki community to try to do something about that? StevenJ81 (talk) (LangCom clerk) 14:35, 21 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi @Liuxinyu970226:. I have contacted Lsj in Facebook and invited him to join the user group. There is an existing group chat in Facebook where the cebwiki community discuss the issues and how they can help improve the local Wikipedia. There should have offline discussions among the editors and individuals however the problem is the availability of time and the different locations. --Filipinayzd (talk) 11:15, 4 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Filipinayzd: Thank you for the update. If they have come to policy decisions they should be posted on-wiki somewhere. StevenJ81 (talk) 18:32, 4 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Liuxinyu970226:, mass of articles, don't beat English Wikipedia from Cebwiki and so on, so can delete it in the future and the Tagalog Wikipedia is the future's 2nd highest Philippine Wikipedia. --cyɾʋs ɴɵtɵɜat bʉɭagɑ!!! (Talk | Contributions) 02:11, 7 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

-If they close Cebuano Wikipedia before it beats English Wikipedia in number of articles, yes, possibly Waray Wikipedia will become the largest Wikipedia. Being on top is something. --Filipinayzd (talk) 14:43, 19 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Filipinayzd:, we can close the Cebuano Wikipedia, or delete mass of articles? --Cyrus noto3at bulaga (Talk to me) 08:57, 28 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The proposal was closed as unsuccessful, so the wiki will remain open.
LangCom does feel that Cebuano Wikipedia should improve its quality control, and that this may include closer supervision of bots. But how to do this is the community's decision, not LangCom's. LangCom also does not see the point of competing to see who can have the greatest number of pages, when so many pages are of extremely limited usefulness. But, again, those issues are the editor communities' problems, and perhaps PhilWiki Community's problem, and not LangCom's. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:40, 8 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Sure. Not your fault. --Filipinayzd (talk) 09:24, 27 July 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Learning Quarterly: October 2017[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 4 / Issue 14 / October 2017
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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 10:50, 3 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Inviting you to participate in the women editing contest "The women you have never met"[edit]

Dear PhilWiki Community!

Hope this message finds you all well :) On behalf of Iberocoop network I want to invite you to be part of the women editing contest we are organizing along with many other chapters and user groups in the movement. You are doing an excellent work on your local context and we will be so pleased to have you on board. In this very early stage, we are asking the organizations to add their interest in the following meta page Hope to see you there soon! Hugs----Anna Torres (WMAR) --Anna Torres (WMAR) (talk) 15:31, 25 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Learning Quarterly: January 2018[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 5 / Issue 15 / January 2018
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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 10:45, 3 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply][edit]

Anyone wants to volunteer Some articles are not here in wikipedia.

Share your feedback in this global Wikimedia survey[edit]

Dear Wikimedia Affiliates,
My name is María Cruz and I work for the Wikimedia Foundation on the Learning and Evaluation team. In one week or so, the Foundation is starting a global survey to learn about the experiences and feedback of Wikimedians. I am writing here, because I wanted to share with you a bit more about the project.
The survey is called "Wikimedia Communities and Contributors" and is conducted annually. We will send the survey to editors across all the Wikimedia projects, as well as Wikimedia affiliates and volunteer developers. This survey is going to be our way of making sure that we can hear feedback from a significant number of users from across the projects. This research supports editors and Wikipedia’s mission. This is our second annual CE Insights survey, and we look forward to improving it every year.
We will be contacting 2 people from each affiliate, based on the primary contact information that we have. Each affiliate will receive an additional third link which they can distribute to any leader in their chapter or user group.
Go to the project page to see the results of last year’s survey, and to see how your feedback helps the Wikimedia Foundation support communities. You can sign up to be notified about the results of the survey, or to learn how you can help with planning the survey next year.
If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please feel free to send them to Edward Galvez's talk page on Meta-Wiki or email him directly at surveys(_AT_)wikimedia · org in any language. You can learn more about this project and read about frequently asked questions. You can also share your feedback on Meta-Wiki.

Thank you for your time supporting this project!
María Cruz

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 23:42, 19 March 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Just wanted to drop a message to say hello from San Diego Wikimedians User Group. I am curious on how this group was able to get the customized logo which this group utilizes onto the User Group page.--RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 06:24, 21 March 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

We conceptualized a logo which represents the identify, vision and mission of the group hence we have a customized logo. --Filipinayzd (talk) 06:28, 29 March 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Filipinayzd: more specifically how were you able to get your customized logo to be used at the Wikimedia user groups page? I have attempted to get the image changed on the page to this, however have not seem to have received any response to my efforts. Any assistance would be appreciated.--RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 05:12, 4 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Let me ping @Exec8: He can help you with that. :) --Filipinayzd (talk) 16:36, 26 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]


why there are Indians here though, just curious?

Hi there. Our Community welcomes everyone who are interested in helping our projects which focus on Philippine Wikimedia projects. --Filipinayzd (talk) 15:54, 26 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Notification of User Group Expiration[edit]


This is a notification to bring to your attention that your organization is currently past due on its required annual reporting. and has expired. Wikimedia User Groups are required to submit an annual activity report covering the entirety of the 12-month agreement period in order to prompt review for a renewal. Reports must be written in English, posted to meta, and linked on the meta Reports page.

This page is used to track how organizations and groups are meeting reporting requirements described in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation (e.g. chapter agreements, thematic organization agreements, user group agreements). It is the central place where affiliates can add reports about their activities, share their plans, and even news or social media channels with the wider movement. When new reports are available, organizations and groups should add them to this page to keep their columns up to date.

As noted on the meta Reports page, your organization’s annual reporting became past due in January and your user group agreement remains expired. If you wish to reapply for your user group status. please be sure to:

  1. Post your annual reporting to the meta Reports page as soon as possible to return to compliance with your chapter agreement.
  2. Check that your groups page is also up to date with past report links for historical record-keeping, and
  3. Please send an email to Wikimedia-l in order to share with a movement-wide audience.

If we do not hear from you or receive this reporting on the reports page within the next 30 days, your group’s name and logo will be removed from the affiliates page and your information and page link will be migrated to the Formerly Active Affiliates page.

If you have any questions or need any further guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Best regards, DNdubane (WMF) (talk) 20:04, 6 June 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Learning Quarterly: June 2018[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 5 / Issue 16 / June 2018
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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 10:45, 3 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There's now a Southern Asian language that wanna have Wikimedia projects, Please help us by supporting contributions everywhere, at least by voting support here. -- 02:14, 17 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]