[Wikipedia-l] Does anyone knows the beginning of ja?

Constans, Camille (C.C.) cconsta4 at ford.com
Tue Aug 17 09:06:36 UTC 2004

Maybe you should take a look at http://www.archive.org for ja.wikipedia.com


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>Objet : [Wikipedia-l] Does anyone knows the beginning of ja?
>An email arrived at japanese wikipedia's press contact
>mailinglist regarding Web Creation Award. It is an award
>given to people who made significant difference in the web
>in Japan. The host of the award is an association of
>advertisers, though the recipients of the awards are not
>limited to marketing campaign planners. Wikipedia is under
>consideration because someone made a recommendation. :-)
>As a part of selection process, they would like to do
>some interview. The person who emailed us expressed that
>he would like to find the person who started the Japanese
>Wikipedia, someone who came up with the idea, plan, or
>determination. Who exactly this is, I think, is somewhat up
>to interpretation. Is there any strong candidate?
>I recall reading early Wikipedia-l posting (perhaps by Larry 
>and/or Jason) 
>announcing the launch of several non-English Wikipedia
>circa May 2001. Japanese Wikipedia was among the first
>ones. Is there anybody who remembers how that happened?
>Was multilingualization of Wikipedia an idea of Jimmy
>and Larry from the beginning? Or was there someone else
>who suggested/ pushed for it? Is there any reason why
>Japanese was among the first?
>In the early days, Aoineko was kind of "stationed" when
>there was only several edits a week, and welcomed the
>logged on users (there were only several back then) if
>I understand correct. Brion was there to fix bugs and
>take care of other technical aspects, too.  The first
>article seems to have been written by RoseParks (phonemes
>of Japanese). But there are only fragmental traces and
>virtually nobody knows those early days. Could somebody
>inform us of people who made significant contributions?
>Thank you in advance for your help.
>More info. is available on the award at here (in Japanese):
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