Andre, the situation with Cantonese is a very different one.
None of the articles at zhwiki -- none of them, even though there are
over 20.000 -- are written in Cantonese.
The vast majority of people looking for a "Chinese Wikipedia" will be
looking for the existing Wikipedia in the Mandarin-based written
vernacular. Some may be surprised or excited at the existance of a
Cantonese Wikipedia and go there instead, but given the numbers I
don't think it would be reasonable to force the current Chinese
Wikipedia to move.
On 12/09/05, Andre Engels <andreengels(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 9/12/05, Paweł Dembowski
still wouldn't split the two, because it's still lunacy to split.
Why don't we just have a Serbo-Croatian Wikipedia then instead of
separate ones for each dialect?
Oh, but we do have that! We have BOTH a Serbo-Croatian Wikipedia (sh:)
AND separate Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian ones. Which I think is a
HIGHLY undesirable situation.
For this reason I have locked the Serbo-Croatian Wikipedia half a year
ago, but the pressure to unlock it got too strong, so I unlocked it
again. But only under protest. I think we should either have sh: or
sr+bs+hr:, but not both.
By the way, there is an issue with the Chinese languages there too -
if we get a separate Kantonese Wikipedia, we should not keep a Chinese
one alongside. Rather, we should make that into a Mandarin Wikipedia,
or even better, move each article to whatever language it has been
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