[Foundation-l] Reconsidering the policy "one language - one Wikipedia"

Ziko van Dijk zvandijk at googlemail.com
Thu Jun 24 12:41:34 UTC 2010


Recently there has been a controversy on Wikipedia in German about
extra articles in simple language. Authors of its medical group wanted
to create sub pages suitable for children, believing in an urgent
need. [1]

In the discussion, the question of creating a Wikipedia in simple
German came up.

As we know, to-day Wikimedia language committee policies prohibit a
new Wikipedia in a language that already has a Wikipedia. The
existence of a Wikipedia in simple English refers to the fact that it
had been created before that policy of 2006.

There are a number of ideas and initiatives to create online
encyclopedias in "simple language", in and outside the Wikimedia
world. Wouldn't it be suitable to reconsider and try to give those
initiatives a place? Who else is more capable to create and support
such encyclopedias than we are?

Kind regards
Ziko van Dijk

[1] https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/wiki/Wikipedia:Redaktion_Medizin/Projekt_Kinderleicht

Ziko van Dijk

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