[Wikimediaindia-l] Updating the logo of Indian Language Wikipedias

Shiju Alex shijualexonline at gmail.com
Mon Jan 31 05:02:42 UTC 2011

Dear Indic language wikipedians,

As many of you know the default skin of wikipedias (including that of all
Indic language wikipedias) is moved to the new Vector skin some time back.
Please see the below mail that I sent to this list regrading this on *2010
July 1*.

As some of you know, along with this update, the logo of wikipedia is also
updated. The current logo is available

But even though almost 6 months had passed after this major update, only
Bengali <http://bn.wikipedia.org>, Malayalam
<http://ml.wikipedia.org>, Urdu<http://ur.wikipedia.org>,
and Telugu <http://te.wikipedia.org> wiki communities had took initiatives
to update the logo. The logo update is still pending for the following
Indian language wikis.

   - Assamese - http://as.wikipedia.org
   - Bhojpuri - http://bh.wikipedia.org
   - Bishnupriya Manipuri - http://bpy.wikipedia.org/
   - Divehi - http://dv.wikipedia.org
   - Gujarati - http://gu.wikipedia.org
   - Hindi - http://hi.wikipedia.org
   - Kannada - http://kn.wikipedia.org/
   - Kashmiri - http://ks.wikipedia.org/
   - Marathi - http://mr.wikipedia.org
   - Nepali - http://ne.wikipedia.org
   - Oriya - http://or.wikipedia.org
   - Pali - http://pi.wikipedia.org
   - Punjabi - http://pa.wikipedia.org
   - Sanskrit - http://sa.wikipedia.org
   - Sindhi - http://sd.wikipedia.org
   - Tamil - http://ta.wikipedia.org

Carry Bass (User:Bastique <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Bastique>)
has took initiative to create the new logo for some of the Indian language
wikis. But for languages like Kannada, Oriya, and so on even that is
pending. Even if the new logo is created a bug needs to be filed by the
respective wiki community to change the logo. So for most of the Indian
wikis both these tasks are pending now.

I request the respective language  communities to take initiatives to create
the new logo and file a bug for this update. The guidelines for creating the
new logo is listed at

Please write to me if any of the language communities require any type of
support regarding this.

Shiju Alex

Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2010 06:43:08 +0200
From: shijualexonline at gmail.com
To: wikimediaindia-l at lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Updating the default skin of Indian Language

Hi All,

As some of you already know, *Usability Team<http://usability.wikimedia.org>
* is driving the task of updating the default skin of all WikiMedia
Foundation wikis to a skin called
English Wikipedia and some other big wikis have already moved to *Vector
skin* some time back. Apart from the UI, the logo of Wikipedia is also
updated <http://blog.wikimedia.org/2010/wikipedia-in-3d/>.

Yesterday (2010 June 30) at 10:30 PM IST, some other wikis (that have
carried out the formalities required for the UI change) are also moved to
the new UI. Among this, 3 Indian Language Wikipedias are also there.
Following are those Indian Language wikipedias:

   - Malayalam - http://ml.wikipedia.org
   - Bengali - http://bn.wikipedia.org
   - Telugu - http://te.wikipedia.org

Please note the new default skin and the new logo that are appearing on
these wikis. (You may need to clear the cache to see the changes. )

Now to move your language wiki to Vector, you have to perform the following
two major operations:

   1. Update the logo of your wiki
   2. Localize the Vector skin system messages

Logo update

For some languages, logo is already updated. See the list here:

If your wiki's logo is missing from this list, then you need to create the
new logo based on the instructions listed on this page.

Localizing the Vector skin System messages

For the current update, you need to localize the Vector skin system
messages. To localize the system messages, use Translate wiki -

The current Localization statistics of Vector skin system messages is
available here. http://translatewiki.net/wiki/User:GerardM/usability-stats

You can see that many Indian languages (for example, Tamil) are missing from
this list. The reason is, none of the Vector skin system messages are
localized for those languages. Even for the big Languages like Hindi and
Marathi the percentage of localized messages is very low.

So I request the respective Indian Language Wikipedia communities to take
required initiative to switch over to the new Skin. Usability team is
planning  for next set of switch over  by the end of July. So you have
almost one month to finish these tasks.

Once you finish the above tasks you need to:

   - Let the community know about this upcoming update (Use the village
   pump, Site Notice, Mailing list, and so on)
   - Appoint some volunteers to answer the questions related to this
   - Appoint an ambassador to collect the feedback/issues/bugs and report it
   to the Usability Team.

Please let me know in case you require any support regarding this.

Shiju Alex

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