There are several encouraging signs for some of the Indian languages. For
several languages there is a steady stream of localisations happening. The
growth of several Wikipedias in their traffic is really nice particularly
Hindi, Telugu and Malayam. There have been spikes in the traffic that in my
opinion indicate that there is a pent up demand for good quality content in
your languages. The article growth for Hindi is 27% for a month which will
get it more traffic.. I would be surprised if this is not bot generated
information. When this is smart information, it will surely help.. it may be
an idea to investigate this possibility for other language projects
particularly for the ones that are growing already.
There are two technical things that you can do to help yourself.. Provide us
with a list of the characters for your language so thayout we can include
them in the Usability Initiative's advanced toolbar like we already have for
Telugu. The other thing is please define what language and usability issues
exist for your language, there are articles on Meta where we welcome your
2009/10/24 Mahitgar from Marathi Wikipedia <mahitgar(a)yahoo.co.in>
Wikimedia Strategywiki is trying to find out how they can improve reach
and usability in Indian context.Previously on mr-wiki yahoo group I had
taken online poll and found one of the glaring defficiancy in reaching out
to the people. While other Marathi Language Websites get better word of
mouth publicity and so they do have more editorial pool. Where as when it
comes wikipedians my online survey shows that at least marathi wikipedians
are reluctant to talk to their friends and family members about wikipedia.
And it is not about others it is a myself too,WHile I am a strong supporter
of Wikipedia specialy local languge ones still, usually I do avoid to
discuss about marathi languge wikipedia among my friends and family.
First of all let us discuss frankly and understand what is the reason of
this reluctance? Wikipedia is too serious or boring a subject to discuss ,
wikipedia concept level is a too difficult to explain to others ?Objections
and negative perceptions of the people are too deficult to handle?
Wikipedia is not usefull to you in your own day to day life ? Wikipedia is
not beneficial to your freind ? Wikipedia is not beneficial to your family?
Wikipedia is not beneficial for my , my friend and family education ,
career/office work and rmy revenue ?
To which questions your answers goes yes ? If yes then is possible to
elaborate or suggest a better solution that can make wiki movement more
relevant to Indian context
Thanks and Regards
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