This is apparently the bazillionth thread suddenly approved on this topic,
but writing here is probably as good as on another one.
Did we actually verify the content of wp/gom deva pages in incubator before
Am 20.04.2015 09:47 schrieb "Vishnu" <vishnu(a)cis-india.org>rg>:
Dear Santhosh, MF-Warburg and other LangCom members,
Yes, the current request from the Konkani Wikipedia community is to make
the Konkani Wikipedia live in the *Devanagari script*. It has been
mentioned in the request page on Meta and I have now highlighted it.
Of course, the community also wants the LangCom to consider incubating
separate Konkani Wikipedia projects in Romi (i.e. Latin script) and Kannada
scripts - two other popular variants of Konkani. This will ensure that the
rich diversity of Konkani language and the knowledge in all these three
major script variants will flourish along with the associated communities.
If I may be allowed, I would like to bring to the notice of the LangCom
members that CIS-A2K has been putting focussed efforts on Konkani
Wikipedia and has managed to nurture and grow a volunteer community that is
The multiple scripts (Konkani is written in 5 scripts) has been a great
challenge to understand and work with, especially when each script variant
is tied to specific religious and regional community and has significant
variations. We have left no stone unturned in objectively finding a
practical solution to this multiple script issue, including a script
converter. In this process we have consulted Konkani Wikipedians, Konkani
linguists, professors from Konkani Department at Goa University, Konkani
cultural experts, bureaucrats in the government, media personnel and
arrived at the conclusion of having separate Wiki projects for each of the
three script variants (i.e. Devanagari, Romi (Latin) and Kannada).
We have also requested Fr. Pratap Naik  a notable linguist, who has
worked on all the script variants of Konkani language for many years to
give his expert opinion in writing, which is available here . This note
has been widely circulated and everyone, including the currently active
Konkani Wikipedians (majority of which edits in Devanagari variant) believe
that having three Konkani Wikipedias for the three script variants is the
way to go.
*May I reiterate that the current request is to only make the Konkani
Wikipedia, in Devanagari, live.*
It's been a huge personal learning for me about this rich language and
culture and I have some intimate context  on the multiple scripts issue
and would be happy to answer questions if the committee has any. I am
reasonably positive that we will see three active Konkani Wikipedias soon.
Having the Devanagari one live will only create a healthy competition.
CIS-A2K, Programme Director
(I have since then been
invited to be part of the Konkani Language Planning-Steering Committee by
the Global Konkani Conclave)
On 01/02/2015 10:13 AM, langcom-request(a)lists.wikimedia.org wrote:
> Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:13:12 +0530
> From: Santhosh Thottingal<santhosh.thottingal(a)gmail.com>
> To: Wikimedia Foundation Language committee
> Cc: Wikimedia Foundation Language Committee
> Subject: Re: [Langcom] [Langcom-l] Konkani
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> On Friday, January 2, 2015, MF-Warburg<mfwarburg(a)googlemail.com> wrote:
> >I wonder about the following points:
>> >1.) script
>> >Ethnologue says they use Kannada and Latin <
>> >https://www.ethnologue.com/language/gom>. Translatewiki.net
>> >possibility to also translate in Devanagari, Malayalam and Arabic
>> scripts <
>> >How should this be handled? On Incubator I see that there are articles
>> >Latin, Kannada and Devanagari, see e.g. <
>> >It seems like they are distinguished with "dn" and "kd"
>> > prefixes. Some pages also contain several scripts in one article. How
>> >should this be handled? Should there be separate wikis for each script,
>> >better a converter? I wouldn't want a situation like with az/azb to
>> >because of different scripts.
> When I met Vishnu a few days back, he told me that what community request
> with gom.wiki*.org
is Devanagari script. He said they explored the option
> of automatic script conversion between other scripts and experts suggested
> not to do so. He clarified that this request is only for Konkani with
> devangari script. But since this was only a verbal communication, shall I
> ask them to write these details in the request page?