[Foundation-l] Fwd: Pt-Portuguese Wikipedia

Chris Lee theornamentalist at gmail.com
Tue Mar 23 21:03:11 UTC 2010

As an example, maybe an article, possibly a featured one on the site be
assigned to a few Brazilian Portuguese speakers to edit and to a few
European Portuguese speakers  to edit to their respective dialects, AND not
on content. Measures could be taken to check that these are not biased
'separatist' editors, and then at least we can assess the severity of the
And since most of this discussion is between non native speakers of either
dialect (as the en community seems to be policing the wiki-world (not much
different from the real world...)) hopefully there is at least one
Portuguese-English speaker who can relay the findings back to us non
Just a thought.

On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 3:58 PM, Virgilio A. P. Machado <vam at fct.unl.pt>wrote:

> Sorry, but I could not grasp the argument "that the fomentation
> around the European Portuguese issue seems to be perennial" is "clear
> evidence that the community within the Portuguese wikipedia has a
> very good handle on the issue." Does it mean that if a problem
> doesn't go away it's because it is well handled?
> I'm glad someone considers addressing matters of one's language a
> pastime and salute the agreement that you don't have to know
> Portuguese to engage in such pastime. Everybody should have a hobby
> of some kind. Writing to a mailing list could be one. I do have other
> things to do, but this is so much more fun.
> Nice try that of mentioning Galician, but that is a controversial
> issue and I would not touch it with a ten foot pole. It would also
> make you terribly unpopular in a lot of Spanish circles of power.
> There might be a mistake in the statement that those two wikipedias
> relate to the Portuguese language grouping. I believe the
> non-controversial wording is Portuguese-Galician language grouping.
> I read with great interest the considerations about "how to discern
> the degree of apartness within the *many* Portuguese dialects", that
> it is "easy to weigh the pros and the cons [,of creating a European
> Portuguese only wikipedia] and come to a fair *evaluation* that it
> would be a very problematic "solution". I was very entertained by a
> "personal evaluation" and that someone of great authority in these
> matters doesn't "think a European Portuguese only wikipedia is a case
> where it is ideally justified." One must be really clever to reach
> all those conclusion so easily. I surely don't have an answer for
> that, myself, but would love to see, and I am willing to contribute
> to a serious study of the problem.
> Sincerely,
> Virgilio A. P. Machado
> At 14:44 23-03-2010, you wrote:
> >Virgilio A. P. Machado wrote:
> > > I don't see any evidence that "nobody outside the
> > > Portuguese community can see a problem" unless
> > > one personal opinion should be considered proof.
> > >
> > > The statement was not about anybody outside the
> > > Portuguese community seeing a problem, but that
> > > "the issue keeps popping up". The very fact that
> > > is being addressed here corroborates that
> > > statement. Examples of previous discussions were
> > > also provided spanning a period of five years. No
> > > evidence has been produced to the contrary, i.e.,
> > > that the issue does not keep popping up.
> > >
> >There is also clear evidence that the community
> >within the Portuguese wikipedia has a very good
> >handle on the issue, for all that the fomentation
> >around the European Portuguese issue seems to be
> >perennial.
> >
> > > If "it all seems to be a lot of fuss about
> > > nothing" that might be because appearances can be
> > > deceiving and burring your head in the sand or
> > > looking the other way will not make any existing
> > > problems go away, although everybody is entitled
> > > to ignore them. That's a very common attitude
> > > when the problems are not at your doorstep,
> > > although there's always the danger that they will
> > > eventually get there. Again, the very fact that
> > > this discussion is taking place here is a symptom
> > > that there is a fuss about something.
> > >
> > >
> >To me it seems that the great majority of people
> >who are themselves on the Portuguese wikipedia
> >do not think raising this issue time and again is
> >a useful pastime. Thus the issue of whether you are
> >or are not Portuguese language speaking yourself,
> >seems to me a moot point.
> >
> > > No statements were made concerning the creation
> > > or not of a "two-wiki solution". It's nice to
> > > know that someone believes that "the wider
> > > Wikimedia community will never accept a two-wiki
> > > solution". Hopefully not everybody will have such
> > > a preconceived idea and keep an open mind about
> > > the specific needs of specific projects. Until
> > > the problems and needs are properly accessed it
> > > is premature to dismiss any alternative solution.
> > >
> > >
> >I'll agree that "two-wiki solution" in this connection
> >is very poor phrasing. Adding a European Portuguese
> >only wikipedia wouldn't be a solution, and it wouldn't
> >be "two-wiki", since I believe there currently exist
> >*at least* two wikipedias relating to the Portuguese
> >language grouping, namely Portuguese and Galician.
> >
> >The issue is really whether how to discern the degree
> >of apartness within the *many* Portuguese dialects,
> >including not only European and Brazilian but the
> >African, creole Portuguese etc, and which can not
> >reasonably be expected to be able to contribute
> >within the default Portuguese wikipedia.
> >
> >One does not need to dismiss a proposed solution,
> >to point out the inherent problems with it. And
> >creating a European Portuguese only wikipedia
> >would create many problems, of such weight, that
> >though not dismissing the concept as a theoretical
> >possibility, it is easy to weigh the pros and the cons,
> >and come to a fair *evaluation* that it would be a
> >very problematic "solution".
> >
> >My personal evaluation tends to be that an European
> >only wikipedia is not a good solution, though I am not
> >sure about the African Portuguese or the Creole Portuguese
> >cases -- purely because I have not at all studied
> >the issues with those. I would agree that there is still
> >perhaps too much resistance towards creating
> >separate wikipedias for creoles, dialects and the
> >like -- in the general case -- though I don't think a
> >European Portuguese only wikipedia is a case where
> >it is ideally justified.
> >
> >
> >Yours,
> >
> >Jussi-Ville Heiskanen
> >
> >
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