Tell us about Greek Wikipedia

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Greek Wikipedia[edit]



  • Wikimedia Statistics can be difficult to interprete. What is your impression, how many steady contributors do you have?
  • Around 100 on each moment (people come and go) --Geraki TL 08:41, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • 50 up to 100 on very active days. I guess it'll take about a year or more to reach 50.000 articles.--Lady 6thofAu 14:03, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
  • Are your contributors mostly native speakers?
  • Yes, all of them are native speakers although there are some rare exceptions. --Geraki TL 08:41, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Yes, most of them, though there are some people from Turkey and FYROM that help with translations.--Lady 6thofAu 14:03, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
  • Where do your contributors live (regions/country)?
  • Mostly in Greece and Cyprus, and Germany, UK, France and USA (students and 2nd generation immigrants) --Geraki TL 08:41, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Most of them come from Greece, Germany and UK. There are some from Turkey, USA, Cyprus, France, FYROM.--Lady 6thofAu 14:03, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
  • How common is it that your contributors meet in real life?
  • Rarely. It's not common for Greek people to meet in real their net friends, and most want to keep their anonymity. --Geraki TL 08:41, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • There aren't usually organized events that Greek wikipedians could attend and meet each other. Administrators have aknowledged they have met. Also, meeting each other is common for students studying at the same university, or people that come from the same town.--Lady 6thofAu 14:03, 10 October 2008 (UTC)

Other Wikipedias[edit]

  • Do you have special contacts with another Wikipedias (maybe in related languages)?
  • The pnt (Pontic) wikipedia is in the incubator, started by users of the greek wikipedia but there is not any action between the two wikipedias. --Geraki TL 08:41, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • No.--Lady 6thofAu 14:12, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
  • Do you translate a lot from other Wikipedias? Which ones?
  • A lot of articles is translated from english and some less from the german wikipedia. --Geraki TL 08:41, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Many new users translate from the English wikipedia, translations though are usually found to lack sources. Usually foreign language wikipedias are used as a template to organise information.--Lady 6thofAu 14:12, 10 October 2008 (UTC)

Organization and support[edit]

  • Is there a Wikimedia chapter in your country? How does your language relate to it?
  • Are there work groups in other organizations about Wikipedia?
  • No. --Geraki TL 08:41, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • There is some research in some govermental service in order to find ways to support wikipedia with content. --Geraki TL 13:31, 7 June 2010 (UTC)
  • No. --Lady 6thofAu 14:15, 10 October 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?
  • There is no official institution for greek language, de facto regulated by the Ministry of Education. There are some academic and private institutions studying greek language. There is no contact with any of them. --Geraki TL 08:41, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • There are institutions for the Greek language abroad. There is no contact with any of them.--Lady 6thofAu 14:27, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
  • Who (else) supports you?
  • Nobody but the community. The press is supporting a little getting us known, but mostly motivated from the success of the english wikipedia. --Geraki TL 08:41, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Just the community. Fora, blogs and daily conversations bring new people. Lately media show interest about the existence of the Greek wikipedia, mainly reporting it as an English wikipedia Greek variant and/or as a translation of it.--Lady 6thofAu 14:27, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
  • How looks your public outreach for your edition? Do you have flyers, give lectures, trainings etc.?
  • Blank :) --Geraki TL 08:41, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • We have printed flyers and did presentations in free software events. --Geraki TL 13:31, 7 June 2010 (UTC)
  • There is no public outreach, apart from private conversations --Lady 6thofAu 14:27, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
  • Do you get feedback from readers?
  • Yes, it is clear that some minor edits and comments come from readers and not editors, there is some traffic in info-el mail and there are enough discussions about wikipedia content in blogs and forums [if they don't send the feedback we go and get it :-) ] --Geraki TL 08:41, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Some readers express their opinions using the article talk pages. --Lady 6thofAu 14:27, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
  • What other encyclopedias exist in your language?
  • There are less than a dozen encyclopedias currently in circulation including both paper and digital encyclopedias. There is only one proprietary online general encyclopedia and some very small special encyclopedias. There is one more wiki based encyclopedia licensed to the GFDL, inspired of course from wikipedia. Its content was imported from two proprietary digital encyclopedias/dictionaries. That makes it uneven as there are articles with great length and others that are only a word definition, but their count is over 100.000 articles. There is not much of a community in that wiki to edit the content. --Geraki TL 08:41, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • There are plenty of them in paper, an average Greek person doesn't usually have access to such material as they cost a lot. Libraries at small cities are extremely small and rarely people know them. Most people legally or illegally get access to proprietary encyclopedias in cd-rom format.--Lady 6thofAu 14:27, 10 October 2008 (UTC)


  • Does your edition concentrates on certain topics, like your region and language, or Latin Wikipedia on Roman history and Christianity?
  • There is some systemic bias in preference of topics about greek cities and greek history but we try to fight it. --Geraki TL 08:41, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Yes. Topics with growing number of articles have to do most of the time with Greek cities and villages, music groups and orthodox priests and/or saints.--Lady 6thofAu 14:31, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
  • Did your edition enjoy text donations, for example from older encyclopedias?
  • No, at least not in much extent. Older encyclopedias are still under copyright and even if they weren't it would be very hard to get text from them (old style language etc.) Some articles were imported from the other wiki based encyclopedia (and vice versa) but not in big quantities. --Geraki TL 08:41, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Generally no.--Lady 6thofAu 14:31, 10 October 2008 (UTC)


  • Is there a generally accepted norm about your language (spelling, dictionary, pronunciation)?
  • What is generally accepted is the language as it is taught at school. All government and public services follow the rules that are taught in education. --Geraki TL 08:41, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Yes, normally only accented, modern greek language (demotiki) is accepted.--Lady 6thofAu 14:38, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
  • How do you deal with different spellings, dialects etc. (like B.E. lift and A.E. elevator)?
  • Usually the form that is used in education is accepted, except on some special cases there was a lot of critic from academics and in this cases we leave it on the preference of the main contributors. --Geraki TL 08:41, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Dialects are rarely used in Greek wikipedia. Different spellings between old and new forms usually cause debates and edit wars (e.g. Χείλων-Χίλων, κτήριο-κτίριο), especially because a major dictionary supported "right" spellings that are quite odd and different to those learned in schools.--Lady 6thofAu 14:38, 10 October 2008 (UTC)