[Foundation-l] A dangerous precedent

Andre Engels andreengels at gmail.com
Thu Dec 27 09:55:52 UTC 2007

2007/12/27, Nathan <nawrich at gmail.com>:
> I think that preserving a language is a good goal, but it is one that
> Wikipedia is not well suited for and is not intended to fulfill.

I agree. If preservation of a language is the main goal, within the
foundation Wikisource or Wiktionary would seem more valid candidates.
For Wikipedia it would at best be a by-product, and even as such it
would seem doubtful - if the language really is dying, whether there
should be a Wikipedia at all is a valid question in my opinion. Where
Wikipedia COULD be useful is for languages that are not threatened
where number of speakers is concerned, but is in general not used in

> If the point is to aggregate knowledge in a way that is accessible to as
> many people as possible, how does a Wikipedia in a constructed
> language (a code, really) serve that point?

It depends. If the constructed language has a large number of
speakers, like Esperanto, there is definitely a use for it: There will
be probably people who speak Esperanto, but are less fluent in any of
the larger Wikipedia languages. Having the information in Esperanto is
then a plus compared to having it only in the 'large' languages, and
less work than making it available in all the various vernaculars.

Andre Engels, andreengels at gmail.com
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