[Wikipedia-l] Starting a new language: Upper Sorbian

Peter Gervai grin at tolna.net
Mon Apr 5 07:08:07 UTC 2004

On Mon, Apr 05, 2004 at 04:29:18AM +0200, Michael Wolf wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I'm new at Wikipedia and I want to start a wiki in Upper Sorbian. Upper
> is spoken by ca. 40,000 people. You can already find some information

As a sidenote: Hungary have a population of 10,000,000 people (with speakers
approximated around 15,000,000) and we have around 5 permanent active
editors. (Though I expect that raise soon since there going to be some press

I always wondered what can a wikipedia do supporting a language of, say,
100,000 people. Half an editor? 

I haven't checked what's about wikipedias with small speaker base after 3-6
months, what activity they possess. I wonder.

Do not misunderstand me, I am not against the new languages! They take up
small disk space, subdomains are free, so they should be opened by all
means, because it makes people happy to see their language supported. 

I just wonder whether they serve a purpose after a while or not.


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