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Making wikipedia more relevant to your needs

Mahitgar from Marathi Wikipedia
Hi everybody,

Wikimedia Strategywiki  is trying to find out how they can improve reach and usability in Indian context.Previously on mr-wiki yahoo group I had taken online poll and found one of the glaring defficiancy  in reaching out to the people. While other Marathi Language Websites get better word of mouth publicity and so they do have more editorial pool. Where as when it comes wikipedians my online survey shows that at least marathi wikipedians  are reluctant to talk to their friends and family members about wikipedia.

And it is not about others it is a myself too,WHile I am a strong supporter of Wikipedia specialy local languge ones still, usually I do avoid to discuss about marathi languge wikipedia among my friends and family.

First of all let us discuss frankly and understand what is the reason of this reluctance? Wikipedia is too serious or boring a subject to discuss , wikipedia concept level  is a too difficult to explain to others ?Objections and negative perceptions of the people are too deficult to handle?  Wikipedia is not usefull to you in your own day to day life ? Wikipedia is not beneficial to your freind ? Wikipedia is not beneficial to your family? Wikipedia is not beneficial for my , my friend and family education , career/office work and rmy revenue ? 

To which questions your answers goes yes ? If yes then is possible to elaborate or suggest a better solution that can make wiki movement more relevant to Indian context

Thanks and Regards
Mahitgar


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Re: Making wikipedia more relevant to your needs

Gerard Meijssen-3
Hoi,
There are several encouraging signs for some of the Indian languages. For several languages there is a steady stream of localisations happening. The growth of several Wikipedias in their traffic is really nice particularly Hindi, Telugu and Malayam. There have been spikes in the traffic that in my opinion indicate that there is a pent up demand for good quality content in your languages. The article growth for Hindi is 27% for a month which will get it more traffic.. I would be surprised if this is not bot generated information. When this is smart information, it will surely help.. it may be an idea to investigate this possibility for other language projects particularly for the ones that are growing already.

There are two technical things that you can do to help yourself.. Provide us with a list of the characters for your language so thayout we can include them in the Usability Initiative's advanced toolbar like we already have for Telugu. The other thing is please define what language and usability issues exist for your language, there are articles on Meta where we welcome your input.
Thanks.
     GerardM

http://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesPageViewsMonthly.htm
http://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesArticlesTotal.htm
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Language_issues
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Usability_issues


2009/10/24 Mahitgar from Marathi Wikipedia <[hidden email]>
Hi everybody,

Wikimedia Strategywiki  is trying to find out how they can improve reach and usability in Indian context.Previously on mr-wiki yahoo group I had taken online poll and found one of the glaring defficiancy  in reaching out to the people. While other Marathi Language Websites get better word of mouth publicity and so they do have more editorial pool. Where as when it comes wikipedians my online survey shows that at least marathi wikipedians  are reluctant to talk to their friends and family members about wikipedia.

And it is not about others it is a myself too,WHile I am a strong supporter of Wikipedia specialy local languge ones still, usually I do avoid to discuss about marathi languge wikipedia among my friends and family.

First of all let us discuss frankly and understand what is the reason of this reluctance? Wikipedia is too serious or boring a subject to discuss , wikipedia concept level  is a too difficult to explain to others ?Objections and negative perceptions of the people are too deficult to handle?  Wikipedia is not usefull to you in your own day to day life ? Wikipedia is not beneficial to your freind ? Wikipedia is not beneficial to your family? Wikipedia is not beneficial for my , my friend and family education , career/office work and rmy revenue ? 

To which questions your answers goes yes ? If yes then is possible to elaborate or suggest a better solution that can make wiki movement more relevant to Indian context

Thanks and Regards
Mahitgar


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