[Foundation-l] Wikimedia Foundation 2008-2009 Annual Plan

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Thu Jul 3 16:01:25 UTC 2008

effe iets anders wrote:
> 2008/7/3 geni:
>> 2008/7/3 Gerard Meijssen:
>>> Hoi,
>>> As I have to spell it out for you:
>>>   - Wolof:  3,612,560 people
>> Cost benefit analysis suggests that removing it and replacing it with
>> something more widely spoken works out better in the long run.
>>>   - Swahili: 772,642 first language 30,000,000 second language users
>> Which would put it about level with Polish. How much polish content
>> did we directly fund?
> None, but did Polish need it? I think you can't compare the situation
> of a language in Africa with that of a language in Europe. The
> question is, what would be the added value. Asking what we did with
> other languages that did not need it sounds ridiculous to me, sorry.
The bottom line for these languages is having a core group willing to 
work on/in them.  Until then paternalisticly throwing money at them is 
bound to fail.  I do remember the attempts to pay for articles in 
Bambara and Ossetian; are those projects any more active now?  I 
wouldn't completely close the door to spending money on these languages, 
but we should first require a plan from the advocates.


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