Tell us about Manx Wikipedia

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Manx[edit]

Questionnaire[edit]

Contributors[edit]

  • Wikimedia Statistics can be difficult to interpret. What is your impression, how many steady contributors do you have?
Two at the moment. Visitors from other wikis update or correct specific topics.

-- Shimmin Beg 11:26, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

  • Are your contributors mostly native speakers?
No, competent learners.

-- Shimmin Beg 11:26, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

  • Where do your contributors live (regions/country)?
The British Isles

-- Shimmin Beg 11:26, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

  • How common is it that your contributors meet in real life?
Never, as far as I know.

-- Shimmin Beg 11:26, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

Other Wikipedias[edit]

  • Do you have special contacts with other Wikipedias (maybe in related languages)?
Some with the Irish Wikipedia

-- Shimmin Beg 11:26, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

  • Do you translate a lot from other Wikipedias? Which ones?
English, Irish and German. Welsh for articles relating to Wales.

-- Shimmin Beg 11:26, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

Organization and support[edit]

  • Is there a Wikimedia chapter in your country? How does your language relate to it?
Probably. I don't know that we have anything to do with it.

-- Shimmin Beg 11:26, 26 May 2009 (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?
Yes, Coonceil ny Gaelgey. We have occasional contact to request or clarify vocabulary, especially for new technical terms. The Manx Gaelic community has a lot of events.

-- Shimmin Beg 11:26, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

  • Who (else) supports you?
  • What does the public outreach for your edition look like? Do you have flyers, give lectures, training etc.?
No.

-- Shimmin Beg 11:26, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

  • Do you get feedback from readers?
  • What other encyclopedias exist in your language?
None.

-- Shimmin Beg 11:26, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

Content[edit]

  • Does your edition concentrate on certain topics, like your region and language, or Latin Wikipedia on Roman history and Christianity?
Not officially, but Manx, Celtic and British topics are often tackled before moving onto other countries. The articles tend to reflect users' interests, so there is a bias towards languages and sciences.

-- Shimmin Beg 11:26, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

  • Did your edition enjoy text donations, for example from older encyclopedias?
There aren't any.

-- Shimmin Beg 11:26, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

Language[edit]

  • Is there a generally accepted norm about your language (spelling, dictionary, pronunciation)?
Some dictionaries exist (Phil Kelly's online dictionary and TshwaneReader dictionary files are the most heavily used). Historically, there are often variant spellings and spelling is less fixed than in English, for example. Pronunciation varies by region and there is no one "standard" version of the spoken language.

-- Shimmin Beg 11:26, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

  • How do you deal with different spellings, dialects etc. (like B.E. lift and A.E. elevator)?
We mostly just ask for consistency within an article. We try to be consistent across groups of articles or templates (e.g. language infoboxes) to keep things clear. Generally, no particular spelling or dialect has preference.

-- Shimmin Beg 11:26, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

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