(from my observation of the Ghanaian community, with which I've had regular contact over the years, I support this.)


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On Mon, May 30, 2022 at 11:56 AM Amir E. Aharoni <amir.aharoni@mail.huji.ac.il> wrote:

See https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Proposals_for_closing_projects/Closure_of_Akan_Wikipedia_2

I think that the proposal is sensible:
* ak is a macro language code ( https://iso639-3.sil.org/code/aka ), which includes Twi (tw) and Fante (fat). Avoiding macro language codes is in line with our general policy.
* Anecdotally, over the years, lots of people from Ghana told me about their confusion about where they should write, and in which variety.
* Less anecdotally, there has been good activity in the incubator and translatewiki in Fante (fat):
translatewiki: https://translatewiki.net/wiki/Portal:Fat
incubator: https://meta.toolforge.org/catanalysis/index.php?cat=0&title=Wp/fat&wiki=incubatorwiki
* There are fewer than 600 articles in ak.wikipedia, and it won't be too hard to move the good content to tw.wikipedia.
* There's much more activity in tw.wikipedia than in ak.wikipedia: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Proposals_for_closing_projects/Closure_of_Akan_Wikipedia_2/activity
* There have been no objections on the discussion page since it was created a month ago.

So I'd suggest approving that. I'd further suggest removing Akan as a language for MediaWiki localization: there are almost no translations into it, and almost all of those that exist are identical to the translations of the same strings into Twi ( https://translatewiki.net/wiki/Special:Translate?filter=translated&action=page&language=ak&group=mediawiki )

All that said, I have been talking a lot to editors from Ghana in the last few years, and some of them are personal friends, so it's possible I have a conflict of interest or an incomplete understanding of how things work there. Other opinions are welcome.

Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
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