Tell us about Urdu Wikipedia

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Urdu Wikipedia[edit]

Urdu Wikipedia was started in 2004 and we have 150,138 articles so far (as far of March 2020). Wikipedians from Pakistan and India mostly contribute to Urdu Wikipedia. We have recently launched our social media handles for the betterment of Urdu Wikipedia.

-- Signed by AaqibAnjum (talk) 14:51, 4 March 2020 (UTC)



  • Wikimedia Statistics can be difficult to interpret. What is your impression, how many steady contributors do you have?
  • Are your contributors mostly native speakers?
  • Where do your contributors live (regions/country)?
    • In general, Pakistan. The Urdu Wikipedia is run by admins and contributors most of whom are based in Pakistan, while many Pakistani users located abroad (mainly traced from the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Middle East and Australia) have also played a constructive role in the growth and development of the encyclopedia. Being a largely spoken language in India, Urdu-fluent users from this part of the globe have a potential frequency and outreach as well. Ajay.raja 16:49, 20 March 2010 (UTC)
      • A part of administrators and users of the Urdu Wikipedia are from India, mostly from the places like Delhi and Hyderabad. AaqibAnjum (talk) 07:56, 5 March 2020 (UTC)
  • How common is it that your contributors meet in real life?
    • Up to date, a Wikipedia meetup has been hosted in Karachi while Hyderabad has held what could be one of the first "Simple English Wikimeetups." In the Karachi Wikimeetup, one of the main agendas was the promotion and use of Urdu Wikipedia. Ajay.raja 16:49, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

Other Wikipedias[edit]

  • Do you have special contacts with other Wikipedias (maybe in related languages)?
    • The Western Punjabi Wikipedia (pnb), Sindhi Wikipedia (sd), Pashto Wikipedia (ps) and Kashmiri Wikipedia (ks) all have active native contributors from Pakistan (amongst the other respective countries), most of whom tend to have a certain knowledge of or are completely fluent in Urdu. Ajay.raja 16:49, 20 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Do you translate a lot from other Wikipedias? Which ones?
    • The majority of inter-wiki translations are conducted from English into Urdu. Ajay.raja 16:49, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

Organization and support[edit]

  • Is there a Wikimedia chapter in your country? How does your language relate to it?
    • Pakistan does not have an established Wikimedia chapter though it is being proposed. The Urdu language would be significant and important in relation to the chapter. Ajay.raja 16:49, 20 March 2010 (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?
  • Who (else) supports you?
  • What does the public outreach for your edition look like? Do you have flyers, give lectures, training etc.?
  • Do you get feedback from readers?
  • What other encyclopedias exist in your language?


  • Does your edition concentrate 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)?

See also[edit]