Hi. I'm more active on Hindi Wikipedia. My observation is that many people
who come from english wiki to local wikis tend to enforce quality too much.
Its like forcing diet of a body builder upon a kid. This takes toll on new
contributors who do have good intentions and may be groomed. Keeping in
view the life-cycle thing, we have to compromise a little on quality till a
critical mass is reached and enforce the quality slowly and steadily.
I've been here for last one year and i think hindi wiki is showing a steady
As far as new tech like tablets, smartphones are concerned, i feel they are
helpful as local language typing apps are more easy to operate on tablets
etc than on a pc.
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Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:09:03 +0530
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I have been noting declining contributions across Indian Wikipedias for the
last few months.
triggered to write this mail.
This is my view on what's happening:
1. Most of the Indian Wikipedias have crossed 10 years. Many of the active
and first generation contributors are burnt out, taking a leave or have
left for good. If you are not creative, intentional and consistent in your
efforts to replenish and nurture the next generation, you will see a
2. Malayalam Wikipedia which once had 30 contributors who made 100+ edits a
month registered only 10 such editors in May 2014. The last time they had
activity this low was during May 2011. At the same time, their Wiki Source
is registering a phenomenal growth. So, some resources could be split
between projects too. This is a good reason to not start too many projects.
Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikisource should be good enough unless you have a
3. Focus on offline projects like events, celebrations. While they are
good, over doing can stress few active contributors. In my experience,
every time after organizing some offline event, there is too much burn out
and people return after months.
4. Things that plague all global Wikipedias - archaic editor, social media
distractions, increasing use of tablets / smart phones.
Future will be quite challenging :)