I support Deborah's notion of coordinating efforts to strengthen indigenous
languages. Collaboratively and largely in public. Best also to formulate a
solid strategy and concrete actions.
We should only specify where exactly and how this discussion is going to
take place: Meta [1 <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_South_Africa>]
or chapter wiki [2 <http://wikimedia.org.za/wiki/Main_Page>]. BTW, the
chapter wiki is in the process of being migrated to WMF [3
<https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T195926>] and will support unified login
(single user login).
On Sun, 3 Jun 2018 at 13:59, Douglas Scott <douglas.i.scott(a)gmail.com>
Hi Deborah, thanks for contacting us. I will send you
a private message
cc'ing in some key people so as not to spam people on this mailing list.
On 2 June 2018 at 13:26, Deborah S. Jacobs <orchata(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Dear members of Wikimedia ZA,
Living outside South Africa, I was unable to attend either of the recent
Capacity-Building workshops (meet-ups) with Asaf Bartov. Now it's June
Wikimedia 2018 is fast approaching - so I'm
writing to you all via the
mailing list in hopes of forging a bond of inclusion with Wikimedia ZA,
least to apprise you of my activities.
For over ten months I've contributed daily to the Zulu Wikipedia, also
the past two months in the Xhosa WP. Neither WP
has an administrator, and
their few veteran or new editors are active only occasionally. My own
language resources are sparse and I haven't succeeded in developing
contacts who can evaluate my provisional translations. (I work prudently
with Google Translate and avoid creating wrongly named pages and
Nonetheless I've made constant progress based on the Special pages:
resolving red links, categorizing, linking with Wikidata, adding bio
duplicate pages, clearing inappropriate content, etc. I do create
stub-quality pages, mainly biographical based on WIkidata and the EN WP.
Even if other Wikipedians aren't available for consultation, the process
building these small WPs would benefit from South
Africans' input. I'd
to participate in discussions of developing
Afrocentric content and
avoiding cultural bias - e.g., the current eurocentric "Vital articles"
and "Vital 100" have already generated dozens of stubs and hundreds of
links, while many valid topics in the
subcategories of :en:Category:South
Africa are largely absent.
Ideally these discussions will take place within WP on Talk pages, and
in listserved or private emails or on Facebook
(useful as those channels
are). And board members: I encourage the Wikimedia ZA page on meta be
up, particularly as an archive documenting
chapter events, and please
someone regularly review activity on the Talk
page there. (Two of my
I'll send this now, with thanks for your having read thus far :- )
I welcome your responses and am looking forward to our future
collaborations and efforts to improve the Wikipedia projects.
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