[Foundation-l] Changes in Language committee practice: ancient and constructed languages

Milos Rancic millosh at gmail.com
Sat Mar 13 08:54:44 UTC 2010

One more change have happened. Wikisource in Sorbian have become eligible.

The problem with eligibility of Wikisource in Sorbian is that there
are two Sorbian languages: Upper Sorbian and Lower Sorbian. According
to the Language proposal policy, one project should be written in just
one language.

However, there are a couple of reasonable points for one IAR:
* Wikisource can hold texts in different languages.
* Communities around Lower and Upper Sorbian are very small.
* They want to have their own Wikisource.
* They want to have one Wikisource for both languages.
* Languages are very similar.
* They don't have Wikisource in their languages.
* There is a valid ISO 639-5 code [2][3] (codes for language groups),
and ISO 639-5 codes don't overlap with ISO 639-3 codes.

Consequence is that it is possible to do IAR (and, consequently, to
try to change the existing rules) if there is a *very* good reason for
that if:
* it is about a [type of] Wikimedia project which can accept that;
* community/communities agree about that;
* it is not in conflict with existing projects;
* it is possible to make formalization which has sense.

However, note that it is about *very* good reason. Not about *any* reason.

[1] - http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Requests_for_new_languages/Wikisource_Sorbian
[2] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_639-5
[3] - http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-5/id.php

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