I agree, but I don't know if now is a good time to ask.
This list is just cooling down from some minor conflicts regarding
other ancient languages (Gothic, Anglo-Saxon), and I think the best
idea would be to send an e-mail to Tim Starling saying that you
promise not to ask for interface customisations, and that you won't
bug any devs for dev work after the creation of the Ancient Greek
wikipedia. He has said before that under such circumstances he is
willing to create a new Wikipedia; I think rather than ask on the ML
it'd be better to request it of him specifically so it's not as much
of an issue (if you already have some content by the time a debate
begins, you have shown that you are committed to working on it which
is often one of the arguments used against new Wikipedias, especially
in ancient or constructed languages).
On Sun, 3 Oct 2004 17:13:45 -0700 (PDT), Alex Alderman
What would people say to a wikipedia in ancient
It has an ISO (grc), it's a pretty important language
historically, and it's studied by hundreds of
thousands of people worldwide. Most every classics
department offers a course in Greek prose composition;
so, there would be plenty of nerdy people wanting to
write articles. Having a wikipedia in the language
would help to encourage students to take composition
seriously, and it would strengthen students' grasp of
The first western encyclopedias (like Suidas) were
written in Greek; so, there are plenty of public
domain entries to get the ball rolling.
There is a modern Greek wikipedia, but Ancient Greek
is really different from Modern demotic Greek in all
its most interesting qualities, like particles,
prepositions, and its huge vocabulary. Greeks can
more or less understand ancient Greek, but students of
ancient Greek have little or no knowledge of Modern
I'm a doctoral candidate in ancient Greek letters, and
I'd be willing to get the ball rolling. Let me know
what you think.
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