Tell us about Hungarian Wikipedia

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  • Wikimedia Statistics can be difficult to interprete. What is your impression, how many steady contributors do you have?
  • Are your contributors mostly native speakers?
  • Where do your contributors live (regions/country)?
  • Mostly in Hungary of course, and in countries where significant Hungarian minoritie lives (ex. Romania, Slovakia, etc.). But we also have editors from Germany, US, Kyrgyzstan and so on. --Istvánka 17:57, 28 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]
  • How common is it that your contributors meet in real life?

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?

Organization and support[edit]

  • Is there a Wikimedia chapter in your country? How does your language relate to it?
There is no chapter yet--Istvánka 17:57, 28 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Currently we are planning to form one. Alensha 17:34, 29 August 2008 (UTC)[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?
  • Yes, te Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) but we have no official contact with them --Istvánka 17:57, 28 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]
  • We have an orthographic commando that has contact with some of the people sitting in MTA who decide on the rules of Hungarian. They usually ask them for interpretation of some rules or to decide on tough questions that come up [sometimes we know better, that them ;]. --Dami 00:59, 6 September 2008 (UTC)[reply]
  • 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?


  • Does your edition concentrates on certain topics, like your region and language, or Latin Wikipedia on Roman history and Christianity?
  • Did your edition enjoy text donations, for example from older encyclopedias?


  • Is there a generally accepted norm about your language (spelling, dictionary, pronunciation)?
  • How do you deal with different spellings, dialects etc. (like B.E. lift and A.E. elevator)?
  • We do not have very different dialects, so we use the language norms published by the Hungarian Academy.--Istvánka 17:57, 28 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]
  • Most of the language-related debate is about the spelling of foreign words (especially names). For Hungarian words, dialects differ in pronunciation only. --Tgr 20:25, 28 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]
  • There is a set of rules for the Hungarian language, and they are interpreted by two dictionaries (the official, though possibly outdated dictionary of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and one published by the former's experts, that is newer) that sometimes differ. Those in the know have decided (enforced by a community vote) that the latter is more up-to date and is considered the basis if the two dictionaries should differ [in which case redirects are made from the other possible form]. --Dami 01:04, 6 September 2008 (UTC)[reply]
  • Our dialects do not only differ in the pronunciation, but mostly. And recently, all differences seem to be getting lost. Formerly the dialect spoken by people in Budapest was the nearest to the official language and as I'm from the country I could often hear slight differences. Now I live in Budapest, but nowadays when I go home nobody pronounces autó /'auzo:/ as ótó /'o:to:/ and nobody sais lóca instead of pad (bench). So the language is centralised, but ca. ten years ago there used to be differences. But lóca and pad are both accepted in official language, but if you say lóca in Budapest you may not be understood. Otherwise, at school we are taught a lot of regional synonyms, but I believe that the rest of them are just formal and past. Ferike333 19:01, 31 July 2009 (UTC)[reply]

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