[Foundation-l] Promoting non-en Wikipedias (was In defence of Google)

teun spaans teun.spaans at gmail.com
Mon Jan 22 12:48:03 UTC 2007

About the map: What about Canada? Didnt they start a local chapter recently?

On 1/21/07, Łukasz Garczewski <lgarczewski at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 1/21/07, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> > So what can small Wikipedias (say, under 100,000 articles) do to
> > achieve these effects - breadth and being up-to-date - as well? Are
> > there other tacks they should try taking to achieve greater public
> > awareness?
> Thank you for mentioning this, David.
> I suppose I wouldn't be a good ChapCom member if my first reply to
> this question was other than "START A CHAPTER!"
> The problem with promoting Wikipedias in languages other than English
> is that the promotion is not very effective if done in English. The
> impact is far greater if the communication is done in the native
> tongue of the journalists and readers/viewers. Also, some of you might
> be surprised how much the "hot topics" of Wikipedias may differ from
> one language edition to the other - the English-language press team is
> simply not prepared to tackle questions on a per project level. Only
> active contributors to that specific project can do that.
> So, my advice to the editors of the various Wikipedias is: If you want
> to help promote Wikipedia in your language, think about starting a
> chapter. If you have any questions regarding that, see:
> * http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Local_chapter_FAQ
> * http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Step-by-step_chapter_creation_guide
> (other helpful documents are on the way, stay tuned)
> Or contact ChapCom directly (see
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Chapters_committee for more info on how
> to do that)
> We hope for a Wikimedia chapter in every country on earth, and then
> some (
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Wikimedia_local_chapters_map.png).
> And we're here to help YOU achieve that. :)
> --
> Łukasz Garczewski [[m:User:TOR]]
> Chapters Committee member
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