[Foundation-l] Wikimedia Commons: Service project or not?

Huib Laurens Abigor at forgotten-beauty.com
Tue Jun 16 20:13:28 UTC 2009

Yaroslav M. Blanter schreef:
>> I don't think the problem will be with the big projects, there are a lot
>> of people who can speak the language.. The small wiki's are the most
>> difficult and Commons isn't ready to handle them in a good way. It would
>> be best if Commons had two admins for every language instead of none for
>> some languages.
>> Huib
> Huib, but is it really a problem? I thought that actually on bigger wikis
> there are users who only speak their own language and are not keen to go
> through the interface of Commons and explain their problems to the Commons
> admins in the case of misunderstanding. But communities on small wikis
> always speak some of the bigger languages, like in Chavash wiki everybody
> speaks Russian, on Gaelic and Marathi - English, on Kechua - Spanish and
> so on. It would be nice of course to have all translations like Testwiki,
> but I think at this point five to ten bigger languages would suffice.
> Cheers
> Yaroslav
I think that we can not expect from users to speak a non native 
language, it would be best if everybody can be helped in there native 
language when it is needed. I'm sure lot of people can give advice in 
English or French but I know for sure that a explanetion can go wrong 
with misunderstandings if it isn't held in your native language.

And a lot of people can be scared for coming to Commons as a big wiki 
where only other language are present and your native language isn't 
there or is only there at some places.


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