Tell us about French Wikipedia

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French Wikipedia[edit]



  • Wikimedia Statistics can be difficult to interpret. What is your impression, how many steady contributors do you have?
    French Wikipedia has about 15000 registred users each month (at least 1 edit) and about 800 very active users (at least 100 edits/month). Jules78120 (talk) 18:05, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Are your contributors mostly native speakers?
    Yes, mostly. Jules78120 (talk) 18:05, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Where do your contributors live (regions/country)?
    France, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada (Quebec) mostly. A smaller number of contributors comes from Africa countries (Tunisia, Algeria, Morroco, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, etc.) Jules78120 (talk) 18:05, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
  • How common is it that your contributors meet in real life?
    Each month (or week), at least in France, Quebec (Montreal, Quebec), Switzerland. Jules78120 (talk) 18:05, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Other Wikipedias[edit]

  • Do you have special contacts with another Wikipedias (maybe in related languages)?
  • Do you translate a lot from other Wikipedias? Which ones?
    Kind of, mostly from the Wikipedia in English language, but also German, Italian, Spanish, and so on and so forth. Totodu74 (talk) 20:02, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Organization and support[edit]

  • Is there a Wikimedia chapter in your country? How does your language relate to it?
    Yes : Wikimedia France, Wikimedia CH (not only French language), Wikimedia Canada (not only French language), Wikimedia Belgium (not only French language). There is also Wikimedia TN (User Group). Jules78120 (talk) 18:09, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
  • 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?
    There are several institution for the French language. France Académie Française, Quebec Office Québécois de la langue française are the main ones (and do not always agree on spelling conventions, word usage, borrowings, etc.) Skimel (talk) 22:18, 24 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Who (else) supports you?
  • How looks your public outreach for your edition? Do you have flyers, give lectures, trainings etc.?
  • Do you get feedback from readers?
  • What other encyclopedias exist in your language?
    Vikidia (for children), Encyclopedia Universalis, Larousse, Hachette, Encarta... Skimel (talk) 22:18, 24 January 2018 (UTC)


  • Does your edition concentrates on certain topics, like your region and language, or Latin Wikipedia on Roman history and Christianity?
    The articles cover a vast array of topics and isn't limited to any. However, there are far more geography article on French/Belgian/Swiss/Canadian cities and places than, say, on African ones. Skimel (talk) 22:26, 24 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Did your edition enjoy text donations, for example from older encyclopedias?


  • Is there a generally accepted norm about your language (spelling, dictionary, pronunciation)?
    In a tacit way, french contributors follow the en:Académie française's decisions about language. --Torukmato (talk) 23:30, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
  • How do you deal with different spellings, dialects etc. (like B.E. lift and A.E. elevator)?

See also[edit]