I have been so bold to write about getting information out about the
villages, towns and cities of India. There are several problems that I see:
- there are many villages, towns and cities in India
- there are many Wikipedias that should be interested in all these places
- the integration of OpenStreetMap and Wikipedia needs to get an initial
In my blog I have written that in order to achieve the third objective we
need a project manager. In order to achieve the first two, you need to make
this one of your objectives.. It is with the localisation of the Indian
languages a perfect objective for the Indian chapter..
I know that it is not my place, but hey, may I dream of something that will
be worthwhile ?
As you may have seen, the global
are active. They will do sysop's job in those places where there are not
enuf admins. Since Global sysops cover a lot of Indian wikimedia projects, I
thought it is worth mentioning here in the list. Current elected GSs are
those who had been doing counter vandalism and Small wiki monitoring for
quite a while. ( I am not sure how many are aware of the great job of the
SWMT <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/SWMT> and such CVN groups. they are
the silent guards, imho). Most of them can be found in various irc
channels and can be contacted in case of emergency - say some one is causing
trouble and you dont have a sysop around - on their meta talk pages or IRC.
Please see some details that we should know:
*From Meta page:*
*Global **sysops* <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Sysop> are highly trusted
users with a strong track record of cross-wiki contributions that have sysop
privileges on many small
for the purposes of antivandalism and routine maintainance. They are not
users with sysop tools on all wikis and they have *no* extra editorial
control over content or the local community.
By default, global sysop would be *enabled* for every project that meets one
of the following criteria:
- fewer than *ten* administrators exist; or
- fewer than *three* administrators have made a logged action within the
past two months.
Projects may opt-in or opt-out at their own discretion if they obtain local
consensus. Simply inform any steward of the community's decision. A
located here <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global_sysops/wiki_set> is used
to give rights on the included wikis only.
See the current list of Global sysops
Questions and comments are welcome.
woods are lovely dark and deep,
but i have promises to keep and
miles to go before i sleep and
lines to go before I press sleep
completion date = (start date + ((estimated effort x 3.1415926) / resources)
+ ((total coffee breaks x 0.25) / 24)) + Effort in meetings
Heya guys, I'm planning [It is still tentative] a Samskrit Academy similar
to what we had in January in Bangalore somewhere in and around the first
week of April 2010. I've told ArunRam about it, and I'm waiting for someone
who can handle things better than me [aka ANYBODY] to join me. Please reply
and let me know, I'll see if I can get CIS for this.
Your friend in time,
Wikipedia on YOUR MIND? Join us on Twitter....
After a long time of development, the software that brings much improved
usability is scheduled to go live around the end of April, the beginning of
May. This will mark a big change in the MediaWiki software. I expect that as
a consequence the composition of the "most used" messages will change. This
means that for those languages that have not localised the messages
associated with the usability initiative the quality of the user experience
While the benefits of the new software are obvious, it means that many
people will need to adjust to the new software. For people who speak English
it will be relatively easy but it is realistic that the people who do not
speak English will suffer.
It is for this reason that I urge everyone on behalf of the teams of both
the usability initiative and translatewiki.net to help us in a drive to have
at least 100 languages completely ready by the time of my birthday .. May 7.
I love surprises so I would not mind if I get more then I ask for :)
When you finish the usability localisation for your language please let us
know.. ping, mail, tweet.. We need the stimulus of your success.
The latest and the greatest MediaWiki 1.16 is expected to be released someday soon. It's been well over 9 months since 1.15.0, and I'm sure everyone is looking forward to the next quarterly release :P.
There is some time left to complete the translations for this release. All willing to contribute to the MediaWiki localisation are urged to join the localisation effort at translatewiki.net. Below you will find helpful links. Let's make this the best localized version of MediaWiki ever!
Your help is very much appreciated.
* 1.16 untranslated messages (pick your language from the "Language" dropdown and press "Fetch"): http://translatewiki.net/wiki/Special:Translate/core-1.16
* Test MediaWiki 1.16 beta1: http://tr.im/SVxX (tar.gz @mediawiki.org)
* Translation statistics (updated daily): http://translatewiki.net/wiki/Translating:Group_statistics
Philippe/WMF posted this message on the Indian language Wikipedias. I
am cross posting it here to get wider audience:
This message is posted by Philippe
(http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Philippe_(WMF)), on behalf of
Tyler, from the Bridgespan Group:
My name is User:TylerT
(http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:TylerT), and I am a member of
the team from the Bridgespan Group that has been working with the
Wikimedia Foundation throughout its strategic planning process. As
you may have heard, as part of this process the Foundation has decided
to experiment with making short-term investments to put staff on the
ground and help grow readership and participation across the Wikimedia
projects and languages in a few high-priority places. The idea of
this pilot program is to determine what works, and what doesn't, and
document those findings. India is one of the places that is being
considered, and we would appreciate any help in understanding the
# What has the Indian Wikimedia Community done in the past year to
increase readership and participation?
# What plans do the Indian Wikimedia Community have to continue to
work on increasing readership and participation?
# What are the greatest challenges the Indian Wikimedia Community
faces in increasing readership and participation?
# How could the Foundation help?
# If the Foundation were to put staff on the ground in India, where
would it make the most sense for them to be located?
# Is there anything else the Foundation should consider when deciding
whether or not to put staff on the ground in India?
You can leave comments for me here, or on my talk page on the strategy
wiki (http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:TylerT), or by
Thanks in advance for your help!
PS - please translate and distribute this message to anyone who may be
I blogged about an issue that Bellayet introduced me to. He has to enter in
latin script data to trigger the search box on the
http://be.m.wikipedia.org.. As I can imagine that this is also an
issue for other languages of the
Indian subcontinent, I would like you to consider providing us with the
Unicode characters that are used for your language in the order you know
This should provide you improved support in the "advanced toolbar" and also
(this is my expectation) for the mobile interface.
Typo in the subject line !
Read the date as *21st March 2010 *
On Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 6:20 PM, CherianTinu Abraham
> Hi Wikipedians,
> Wikipedia Academies are public outreach events aimed at engaging academics,
> other subject-matter experts and anyone else who are not familiar with
> Wikpedia/ wiki culture or online communities. In presentations and
> workshops, experienced Wikipedia authors teach the participants how to
> contribute to Wikipedia and orient the audience to Wikipedia’s structures
> and community policies.
> You can know more about WP Academies @
> Academies have been happening in India since some time, unofficially,
> thanks to the humble efforts of many wikipedians.
> Under the aegis of Bangalore Wikipedians, we recently had Sanskrit
> Wikipedia Academy
> The next academy session is on Malayalam Wikipedia
> Date: 21 March 2010, 4 PM
> Venue: Centre for Internet and Society, Cunningham Rd, Bangalore.
> You can find more details at
> The sessions will be lead by Shiju Alex, Anoopan and Ramesh NG from
> Malayalam Wikipedia.
> You are cordially invited! Please spread the word !
> Tinu Cherian