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Cebuano Wikipedia[edit]

Cebuano Wikipedia – (Wikipedya sa Sinugboanon)



  • Wikimedia Statistics can be difficult to interpret. What is your impression, how many steady contributors do you have?
    • Right now, we have a little more than five active contributors. --Pare Mo 13:12, 3 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      • You underestimate your wiki. There are 32 that edit at least 10 times a month. -- Felipe Aira 09:59, 6 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
        • Oops. Wasn't aware there were actual criteria. Thanks for pointing me to the link. --Pare Mo 09:18, 16 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
          • According to the newly-revised statistics page, there are 10 active users. Jordz 17:15, 20 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Are your contributors mostly native speakers?
  • Where do your contributors live (regions/country)?
  • How common is it that your contributors meet in real life?
    • There were informal meet-ups in Cebu City during the first two years of our Wikipedia. Two of our active contributors meet almost daily in Cebu. The Philippine community has had five meet-ups: four in Metro Manila and one in Cebu City. Most of the attendees are from the English Wikipedia, but a few from that community also contribute to the Cebuano Wikipedia. Jordz 17:15, 20 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Other Wikipedias[edit]

  • Do you have special contacts with another Wikipedias (maybe in related languages)?
    • Yes, the Philippine Wikipedia community in the English, Tagalog, and Waray-Waray Wikipedias do have contact as some editors on these Wikipedias also contribute on the Cebuano Wikipedia (the administrator of the Waray-Waray Wikipedia contributed heavily in our Wikipedia). We also keep contact with the other Philippine-language Wikipedias (Bikol, Ilokano, Chavacano, etc.). We also keep in touch with contributors from the Spanish and French Wikipedias. Jordz 17:34, 20 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Do you translate a lot from other Wikipedias? Which ones?
    • Many newly-written articles are translations of the English counterparts, and some are from the Tagalog and Waray-Waray Wikipedias . We also have original articles written in Cebuano. Some contributors translate from the French, Japanese and Spanish Wikipedias. Jordz 17:34, 20 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Organization and support[edit]

  • Is there a Wikimedia chapter in your country? How does your language relate to it?
    • The Cebuano Wikipedia, in addition to all other Philippine-language Wikipedias (present and future), will be covered under Wikimedia Philippines (WMPH), the first Wikimedia chapter in Southeast Asia to be conceived (to the best of my knowledge) and the second to ever come into fruition, after Wikimedia Indonesia. Although English is the official working language of WMPH, documents and correspondence of the organization are translated into Cebuano. --Sky Harbor 13:48, 5 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Are there work groups in other organizations about Wikipedia?

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?
  • Who (else) supports you?
    • None actively, but some Cebuano/Visayan websites such as Internet discussion fora, directories and the local press do link to our Wikipedia. Jordz 17:51, 20 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • What does the public outreach for your edition look like? Do you have fliers, give lectures, trainings etc.?
  • Do you get feedback from readers?
    • Yes, some give out comments in our community page, some leave comments in the article page itself (which of course are reverted) a few others do write in the talk pages and a few blog their feedback. Jordz 17:51, 20 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • What other encyclopedias exist in your language?
    • The Cebuano Wikipedia is, by far, the first and only encyclopedia to be written in our language --Abastillas 14:23, 7 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • Does your edition concentrate on certain topics, like your region and language, or Latin Wikipedia on Roman history and Christianity?
    • We aim to cover all encyclopedic content, focusing on articles most needed by the Cebuano/Visayan user. Presently, the content of the Cebuano Wikipedia are mostly about places in France, specifically the communes of France. After these our content are broad and varied. Notable content are those dealing with the localities of the Philippines, Christianity, geography, history and food. We have good articles on Cebuano/Visayan culture such as Cebuano writers and artists. Jordz 18:27, 20 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Did your edition enjoy text donations, for example from older encyclopedias?
    • No, as stated, Cebuano Wikipedia is the first encyclopedia in our language. Jordz 18:27, 20 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • Is there a generally accepted norm about your language (spelling, dictionary, pronunciation)?
    • Yes and no. The norm in our Wikipedia is based on the style of the oldest running magazine in the local language, presented in our manual of style. Concerning the Cebuano language, there is no "generally accepted norm" yet, nor officially sanctioned rules of grammar and spelling, as far as I know. Jordz 19:02, 20 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      • Cabonce, Bisaya Magazine, and now the Visayan Academy of Arts and Letters all have their own differing orthographic prescriptions. --Pare Mo 01:09, 3 December 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • How do you deal with different spellings, dialects etc. (like B.E. lift and A.E. elevator)?
    • There are two major dialects of Cebuano, the dialect spoken generally in the Visayas and the one in Mindanao. We respect and accept these. The dialectal differences are mostly minor, however in cases where the divergence is significant, we follow the most often used form historically; checking it with the form in the print, media and the Internet. Concerning spelling, as mentioned, we have our manual of style. Jordz 19:02, 20 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  2. Visayan Academy of Arts and Letters. 2009. Publisher's note. English–Visayan Cebuano Dictionary. Sun.Star Cebu.