Tell us about West Frisian Wikipedia

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  • Wikimedia Statistics can be difficult to interprete. What is your impression, how many steady contributors do you have?
There are 7 steady contributors.-- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Are your contributors mostly native speakers?
Most of them are. -- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Where do your contributors live (regions/country)?
Contributors live (or are born) mainly in or around the "Province of Friesland" en "German Frisia". -- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
  • How common is it that your contributors meet in real life?

There was an informal meeting two years ago.-- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (UTC)

Other Wikipedias[edit]

  • Do you have special contacts with another Wikipedias (maybe in related languages)?
There are users that work on the Seelterfrisian wikipedia as well.-- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Do you translate a lot from other Wikipedias? Which ones?
Mostly from Dutch, English and German Wikipedias. Relataed languages as African en de small minority languages as well. NGUlytse minderheidstalen fan Nederlân komme geregeld foarby-- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (UTC)

Organization and support[edit]

  • Is there a Wikimedia chapter in your country? How does your language relate to it?
The Dutch Chapter: Frisian is a group of dialects spoken in the Netherlands and a part of Germany. -- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Are there work groups in other organizations about Wikipedia?

There are contacts with Tresoar, but not in a formal group. -- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (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 the Fryske Akademy. We are only in contact with them about spesific matters. -- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Who (else) supports you?
Tresoar tries to make available photographs and other media.-- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
  • How looks your public outreach for your edition? Do you have flyers, give lectures, trainings etc.?
No, we haven't. There are not enough contributors. -- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Do you get feedback from readers?
Sometimes, when an anonymous reacts in a wrong way. -- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
  • What other encyclopedias exist in your language?
There aren’t. Only one Dutch encyclopedia about Fryslân (books) with two updates. -- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (UTC)


  • Does your edition concentrates on certain topics, like your region and language, or Latin Wikipedia on Roman history and Christianity?
A lot of articles are about Fryslân (cities and towns), arts and nature (plants, geography, etc.) in and around Fryslân, but due to interests of editors the number of other articles is slowly growing. -- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Did your edition enjoy text donations, for example from older encyclopedias?
No, because there are no other Frisian encyclopedias. -- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (UTC)


  • Is there a generally accepted norm about your language (spelling, dictionary, pronunciation)?
The province of Fryslân in the Netherlands has issued a standardized spelling, but various dilects of Frysk are allowed to use. Frisian is has a collection of related dialects, and spelling of words differs from town to town, as does the pronunciation. -- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
  • How do you deal with different spellings, dialects etc. (like B.E. lift and A.E. elevator)?
Each contributor can write in Frisian. We try to have the standard spelling, but some local spellings are allowed. We try to write analogue when we use unknown sources. -- 13:55, 3 January 2010 (UTC)