I think this first set of five Wikipedia requests from 2012 is pretty straightforward,
even if I am going to leave three of them open for a week to make sure nobody has a
problem with my proposed disposition of the requests. However, do please start keeping an
eye on these, because the next couple of sets are going to raise some policy questions
that I am really going to need LangCom as a whole to address. Thank you.
(mic): Aboriginal language of New England and the Atlantic Provinces of Canada. 7200
native speakers. Test has over 200 pages, albeit mostly one-liners with pictures.
This is described as the main language of the autonomous community of Valencia in Spain,
and has 2.4 million speakers. It has no langcode, and a request for one was rejected in
2006, on the grounds that Valencian is simply a variety of Catalan. (SIL/Ethnologue still
describes this as a dialect of Catalan.) Catalan Wikipedia apparently allows content in
Valencian. Holding for one week for LangCom comments, but I propose to reject, while
encouraging potential contributors to contribute to Catalan Wikipedia.
(prg): Prussian went extinct in the 18th century, but there are serious revival efforts
underway, and apparently a first, new native speaker. Test has had some modest activity in
recent months. I'm thinking we should mark as eligible, while noting that if and when
it actually comes to a point of approval—it has fewer than 20 pages right now—we'd
hope to see that the language revival is continuing outside WMF.
(kjj): Endangered language of Northeast Caucasus with about 1,000 speakers. Test has about
100 pages. Eligible.
(1) There is no evidence that there is really a community needing this, particularly as a
separate project. (Further, there's no evidence it couldn't be done by script
converter.) (2) This is another project by RA Chitrali, whom we had trouble with on the
original Khowar Wikipedia project not too long ago. Propose to reject. (On-wiki, I'm
just going to use explanation 1 above. Explanation 2 is simply an additional reason to be
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