Wikimedia COTW/Help

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Translations of this page: Wikipedia_COTW/Help

This collaboration of the week is active as of Monday, April 4, 2005.

Goal: To create a coherent standard multilingual help for the MediaWiki software which runs all "Meta" projects.


  1. Before you start writing your Help, make sure there is a "Help" namespace in your language here on Meta (see #Wikipedia below). If not, put it in the list of open Meta requests, and Eloquence will set it up for you.
  2. Create a table of contents at your local equivalent of Help:Meta.
  3. Import help pages from Wikipedia. Be sure to respect the GNU FDL when doing so, e.g.:
    This page is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It is based on the page Wikipedia:How to edit a page on the Tiếng Việt Wikipedia
  4. Remove Wikipedia-specific (or even Wikimedia-specific) references. Make sure that all links pointing outside the documentation are external links, so the help can be copied into any wiki without necessarily having InterWiki prefixes set up.
  5. Make sure that all pages share a standard header and footer template that can be used for custom text.
  6. All images should begin with a prefix: "Help_English_", "Hilfe_Deutsch_", etc., so that all images belonging to the help can be easily located.


The following namespaces are prepared for help pages in the various languages. Separate namespaces make it possible to use a script to extract all help pages in one language, so they can be copied and imported easily.

Language     Help Vietnames    Talk          Help contents
English      Help              Help_talk              Help:Contents
German       Hilfe             Hilfe_Diskussion       Hilfe:Inhalt
French       Aide              Discussion_Aide        Aide:Contenu
Danish       Hjælp             Hjælp_diskussion       Hjælp:Indhold
Esperanto    Helpo             Helpa_diskuto
Swedish      Hjälp             Hjälp_diskussion
Spanish      Ayuda             Ayuda_Discusión        Ayuda:Contenido
Italian      Aiuto             Discussioni_aiuto      Aiuto:Sommario
Chinese      帮助                 帮助 对话                帮助:目录
Japanese     ヘルプ               ヘルプ‐ノート
Dutch        NL_Help           Overleg_help           NL_Help:Inhoudsopgave
Polish       Pomoc             Dyskusja_pomocy        Pomoc:Spis treści
Portuguese   Ajuda             Ajuda_Discussão        Ajuda:Página principal
Russian      Помощь            Помощь_Дискуссия       Помощь:Содержание
Norsk        Hjelp             Hjelp_diskusjon        Hjelp:Innhold

Open "Meta" requests - these will be set up soon:

Please put non-existent namespaces here and not in the above list - preferably the name is the same as on local projects; however, additional identifiers like "CA" and "NL" have to be used if the namespace name already exists, for a clear separation in the database.

Catalan      CA_Ajuda          CA_Ajuda_Discussió (does not work:[1])    CA_Ajuda:Contingut
Finnish      Ohje              Keskustelu_ohjeesta
Serbian      Помоћ             Помоћ_Разговор         Помоћ:Садржај
Irish        Cabhair           Plé_cabhrach           Cabhair:Clár ábhair
Estonian     Juhend            Juhendi_arutelu        Juhend:Sisukord
Hungarian    Segítség          Segítség_vita          Segítség:Tartalom
Afrikaans    Hulp              Hulp_bespreking        Hulp:Inhoud

See also Help:MediaWiki_help_policy#Internationalization.--Patrick 19:35, 26 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Votes and participants[edit]

The following people supported this collaboration of the week. If you would like, you can indicate what you are willing to do next to your username.


  1. Eloquence 08:15, 17 Feb 2005 (UTC)
  2. silsor 02:31, Mar 19, 2005 (UTC)
  3. MilesTeg 23:29, 20 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  4. MichaelDiederich 13:55, 21 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  5. Kpjas 17:42, 21 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  6. Estel 18:29, 21 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  7. Angela 02:23, 23 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  8. Nsh 03:00, 23 Mar 2005 (UTC) (Replaced anon sig, silly cookies)
  9. Waerth 04:02, 23 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  10. jimcognito50324 Z 10:23
  11. Fito leave me a message 18:52, 25 Mar 2005 (UTC) I'm willing to translate the (improved) help pages from English to Spanish once we're done with our goals.
  12. Gkhan 15:34, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC) (replacing anon sig, had forgot to log into wikimedia)
  13. Minh Nguyễn (talk, blog) – Vietnamese community will be willing to help.  – 03:20, 31 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  14. François Obada 10:01, 4 Apr 2005 (UTC)
  15. DCLXVI 12:31, 4 Apr 2005 (UTC)
  16. Sasa Stefanovic 16:54, 4 Apr 2005 (UTC) , Serbian Wiki will try to help
  17. Peleguer 10:59, 6 Apr 2005 (UTC), English and Valencian help
  18. Datrio 13:46, 9 Apr 2005 (UTC)
  19. Inter 16:27, 9 Apr 2005 (UTC)
  20. Guria 08:34, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC) Russian Help
  21. TheDJ 09:55, 22 Apr 2005 (UTC)
  22. Patrick 10:17, 22 Apr 2005 (UTC)
  23. AnyFile 15:56, 27 Apr 2005 (UTC) Italian Help, also ccordination of internationalization
  24. le Korrigan bla 19:08, 26 May 2005 (UTC) possibly some "Google" translation. I'm late... never mind ? [reply]
  25. Meta: Help with English-Tiếng Việt translation
  26. --Renier Maritz 09:27, 3 August 2006 (UTC): Help with Afrikaans -Tiếng Việt translation[reply]
  27. --Rpissardini 13:39, 6 November 2006 (UTC)Help with English-Tiếng Việt translation.[reply]