Tell us about Pontic Wikipedia

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  • Wikimedia Statistics can be difficult to interpret. What is your impression, how many steady contributors do you have?
  • We have about 3-4 steady contributors. Sometimes they are more sometimes they are less.--ZaDiak 21:11, 22 May 2009 (UTC)
  • Are your contributors mostly native speakers?
  • Only one steady contributor is a native speaker of the language. The others have a very good knowledge of the language but not native.--ZaDiak 21:11, 22 May 2009 (UTC)
  • Where do your contributors live (regions/country)?
  • The most contributors live in Greece. But there are some other users that live in other countries of Europe (especially in Germany).--ZaDiak 21:11, 22 May 2009 (UTC)
  • How common is it that your contributors meet in real life?
  • Well, the main contributors speak via Skype or via phone but they have met each other seldom in real life. So, it is not very common.--ZaDiak 21:11, 22 May 2009 (UTC)

Other Wikipedias[edit]

  • Do you have special contacts with other Wikipedias (maybe in related languages)?
  • Before we launch there was a proposal to be merged with the Greek Wikipedia and not to create a new project. But the proposal was rejected by the Greek Wikipedia community. Except this most of the contributors of Pontic Wikipedia were in the beginning contributors in the Greek Wikipedia.--ZaDiak 21:17, 22 May 2009 (UTC)
  • Do you translate a lot from other Wikipedias? Which ones?
  • There isn't much translation from other Wikipedias. But the translation that is made is from Greek Wikipedia (mainly) and from the English Wikipedia.--ZaDiak 21:17, 22 May 2009 (UTC)

Organization and support[edit]

  • Is there a Wikimedia chapter in your country? How does your language relate to it?
  • No.--ZaDiak 21:18, 22 May 2009 (UTC)
  • Are there work groups in other organizations about Wikipedia?
  • No.--ZaDiak 21:18, 22 May 2009 (UTC)

Your Wikipedia and the linguistic community[edit]

  • Is there a language institution for your language, likean Academy, or a club of people interested in your language? Do you have contact with them?
  • No there isn't because the language isn't recognized in any country. There is a club of people studying Pontic mainly as a Greek language dialect but there is no contact with them. Also there is something like an organization which is called ΕΠΜ(Επιτροπή Ποντιακών μελετών) and plays the role of the institution of pontic language and decides about the linguistic aspects of it. There is very few contact with it from 2 contributors.--ZaDiak 21:59, 22 May 2009 (UTC)
  • Who (else) supports you?
  • We have support from a lot of groups which are occupied in keeping alive the Pontic culture. Also there is a professor who speaks Pontic as a native language and supports us.--ZaDiak 21:59, 22 May 2009 (UTC)
  • What does the public outreach for your edition look like? Do you have flyers, give lectures, training etc.?
  • Many people who speak Pontic know about the wikipedia but it is not widely known because it launched in the beginning of 2009. An admin who lives in Germany has given many lectures about Pontic Wikipedia and we published something like a newsletter when our wiki was created. Also many newspapers wrote some articles about our launch.--ZaDiak 21:59, 22 May 2009 (UTC)
  • Do you get feedback from readers?
  • Sometimes we get feedback from readers who congratulate us for this language version of Wikipedia.--ZaDiak 21:59, 22 May 2009 (UTC)
  • What other encyclopedias exist in your language?
  • This is the only digital encyclopedia. There are some other encyclopedias as well but in paper.--ZaDiak 21:59, 22 May 2009 (UTC)


  • Does your edition concentrate on certain topics, like your region and language, or Latin Wikipedia on Roman history and Christianity?
  • Our Wikipedia concentrates mainly on Pontic history but there are many articles about countries and recently we decided to start creating articles about science.--ZaDiak 22:02, 22 May 2009 (UTC)
  • Did your edition enjoy text donations, for example from older encyclopedias?
  • No.--ZaDiak 22:02, 22 May 2009 (UTC)


  • Is there a generally accepted norm about your language (spelling, dictionary, pronunciation)?
  • Generally there is an accepted norm of Pontic about the pronunciation, the dictionary and the spelling. But, in grammar there are mainly two grammars from Topharas, and from Papadopoulos (the most known and most accepted). The pontic wikipedia uses the Topharas' grammar.--ZaDiak 22:06, 22 May 2009 (UTC)
  • How do you deal with different spellings, dialects etc. (like B.E. lift and A.E. elevator)?
  • We don't have any different spellings. Recently there was an issue about the grammar which is these days being discussed.--ZaDiak 22:06, 22 May 2009 (UTC)

See also[edit]