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Bulgarian Wikipedia[edit]

Questionnaire[edit]

Contributors[edit]

  • Wikimedia Statistics can be difficult to interpret. What is your impression, how many steady contributors do you have?
    • My impression - 70 to 100. About 50 participating in political discussions including RfA, AfD, etc. --Nk 11:00, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • About 50.--Ivanov id 14:27, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • About 150 on a regular basis, about 30 regularly participating in community procedures. Spiritia 11:36, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Are your contributors mostly native speakers?
    • Yes, with small number of exceptions (5 to 10 people ever, up to my knowledge). --Nk 11:00, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Yes. --Ivanov id 14:27, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Yes, mostly native. Spiritia 11:36, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Where do your contributors live (regions/country)?
    • Probably 90% in Bulgaria, most of the rest - in Western Europe (the ratio used to be 60:40 in the early stages (= 2004)). --Nk 11:00, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Most in Bulgaria.--Ivanov id 14:27, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • At least 25% contributors from abroad. Spiritia 11:36, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
  • How common is it that your contributors meet in real life?
    • Several times in the last 2 years. About 25 people participated in at least one meeting. --Nk 11:00, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Twice an year, about 15 persons per meeting. --Ivanov id 14:27, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • 5-6 times in the last 1,5 years. 13-14 people at most. Spiritia 11:36, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Other Wikipedias[edit]

  • Do you have special contacts with another Wikipedias (maybe in related languages)?
    • Not much. Several disputes have spread out from/to Macedonian/English Wikipedia. --Nk 11:00, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Yes, with the Russian Wikipedia. --Ivanov id 14:27, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Yes, Macedonian and English Wikipedia, as well as other wikis: Commons, Meta, Freedom Defined. Spiritia 11:36, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Yes, Danish, Norwegian(bokmål), French and German Wikipedias. Bogorm 16:53, 18 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Do you translate a lot from other Wikipedias? Which ones?
    • My impression: about 75% (90% for articles not related to Bulgaria) of the information is translation from English (to smaller extent German) Wikipedia. --Nk 11:00, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Mostly from English, some from Russian, German, French and other. --Ivanov id 14:27, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Mostly from English. Spiritia 11:36, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Mostly from Danish, Russian and Japanese. Bogorm 16:53, 18 September 2008 (UTC)

Organization and support[edit]

  • Is there a Wikimedia chapter in your country? How does your language relate to it?
    • No. There were some discussions about it but we are not convinced that it makes sense. --Nk 11:00, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • No --Ivanov id 14:27, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • No. Idea was downed for reasons of not enough human resource to handle the organisation. Spiritia 11:36, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Are there work groups in other organizations about Wikipedia?
    • Never herd for such one.--Ivanov id 14:27, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • No idea. Spiritia 11:36, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Your Wikipedia and the linguistic community[edit]

  • Is there a language institution for your language, like an Academy, or a club of people interested in your language? Do you have contact with them?
    • Институт за български език. On several occasions we have asked for their opinion on certain problems. --Nk 11:00, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Yes, we accept the opinion of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences as a standart, not only in linguistics, but also in the most fields of knowledge. --Ivanov id 14:27, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Per my colleagues above. Spiritia 11:36, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Who (else) supports you?
  • What does the public outreach for your edition look like? Do you have fliers, give lectures, trainings etc.?
    • There were some pale attempts - FM radio studios, a couple of lections, but nothing serious at all, the audience was very small. --Ivanov id 14:27, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Mainly radio talk shows, 2-3 short TV interviews, a series press articles, one public lecture on Openfest 2007. Spiritia 11:36, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Do you get feedback from readers?
    • Only as edits.--Ivanov id 14:27, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • There is a FAQ mailing list, feedback mostly comes in the form of anonymous or newbie comments on the articles' talkpages. Spiritia 11:36, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
  • What other encyclopedias exist in your language?
    • No other free content encyclopedias in Bulgarian, to the best of my knowledge. There are some proprietary online encyclopedias like Znam.bg. Spiritia 11:36, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Content[edit]

  • Does your edition concentrates on certain topics, like your region and language, or Latin Wikipedia on Roman history and Christianity?
    • Yes, articles about Bulgaria and the Balkans are most. --Ivanov id 14:27, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • There is a trend of writing on Bulgaria and the Balkans, but IMO it's not predominant. I think that we grow uniformly in the various topics, but there is also a tendency of paying unduly attention and instantly covering what's topical. Spiritia 11:36, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Yes, articles about linguistics, history and Eurasian political developments. Bogorm 16:58, 18 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Did your edition enjoy text donations, for example from older encyclopedias?
    • After request only, but there are no refusals by now. --Ivanov id 14:27, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • No, sadly, BG WP has never got donations from reputable published encyclopedias or academic sources. Severa years ago there was a larger donation of biographies of Bulgarian writers and poets from an online reading site, but in general text donations have always been occasional, partial and coming from smaller online resources. Spiritia 11:36, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Language[edit]

  • Is there a generally accepted norm about your language (spelling, dictionary, pronunciation)?
    • Generally yes. Most of the discussions are about the transcription of foreign names. --Nk 11:00, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Yes, there are strict linguistical norms. Discussions are mainly on the need of translation on translitteration of foreing words and names, most of them from English. --Ivanov id 14:29, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Per my colleagues above. Spiritia 11:36, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Yes, and discussions on sticking to grammatical norms regarding definite article (-ът/-а, -ят/-я) and commas (syntax) are exigent, since there are numerous corrections in this realm to be made. A scarce number of editors, who are knowledgeable in this topic, are available. These rules (regarding syntax and definite article) ought to be infringed less often than now. Bogorm 17:32, 18 September 2008 (UTC)
  • How do you deal with different spellings, dialects etc. (like B.E. lift and A.E. elevator)?
    • We never had such problem as much as I remember - the language norm is quite comprehensive. --Nk 11:00, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • We name the article on the spelling, approved by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and make links from the dialect names. --Ivanov id 14:27, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
    • Per my colleagues above. Spiritia 11:36, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

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