--- Tim Starling <t.starling(a)physics.unimelb.edu.au> a
In all three cases, the majority of speakers are
accustomed to obtaining
information in a national language. Even if we
create it, the Wikipedia
in Waray-Waray or Neapolitan will never be
comparable in size to the
Wikipedia in English or Italian. So regardless of
what we do, they'll
have to continue to obtain most of their information
in the same way.
The function of these wikis, it seems to me, would
be pride rather than
education. That's not the function I volunteered to
promote when I
signed up with Wikipedia.
And cultural conservation ? Avoiding the vanishing of
languages is a good purpose, in my opinion. In your
hypothesis, if we look at the extrem case, why to
start a wikipedia in another language than english,
since more and more people speak this language ? Just
learn english, and you will have access to wikipedia !
These requests have many supporters, native
(especially in the case of Ladino and Neapolitan,
where heaps of
native speakers dropped by to show their
and no opposition.
There are always many vocal supporters, and there
are always people who
are silently opposed. Or rather, they are silent
until those in power
give in to the lobby and create new wikis, and then
they open up with
ridicule and criticism. We've seen it many times
People who are silently opposed ? What does it mean ?
They are opposed, but not enough to express their
opposition. I call that "people who don't care"...
-- Tim Starling
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