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Sable, Sarah
Dear Mahitgar and other Indian Wikipedians,
I am doing analysis to help support the Wikimedia strategic planning
task force on Indian language Wikipedias.  I am very interested in
learning more about examples of successful online communities in Indian
languages.  Some people have stated that the slow growth of an Indian
language wikipedias is due to people in the India's preference for using
English while online.  However, the existence of these online
communities in Marathi that Mahitgar mentions imply that this is not the
case.  It would be great if someone could help me by providing some
examples of these online communities.  I would love to know what type of
content to their users create, the number of users, and any information
about their growth rate.  The more understanding we have of what makes
these communities successful the better we can work to help build strong
Indian language wikipedias Anyone who could point me in the right
direction would be much thanked.  I would do some of the research
myself, but unfortunately, I do not speak any Indian languages.
Thanks so much for everybody's help and participation in the strategic
planning process. You can contact me directly at
[hidden email]
Best,
Sarah
 



Message: 1
Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2009 12:09:35 +0530 (IST)
From: Mahitgar from Marathi Wikipedia <[hidden email]>
Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] How to ?
To: [hidden email]
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If I analyse? Marathi language unicode Websites other than Marathi
Wikipedia , most of them(99%)? are drupal(cms)? based and many of them
are quite popular community discussion sites.

Many of the readers coming from such sites usualy complaint saying that
they find our(mediawiki)? brackets (over all? wiki mark up confusing).

What kind of help we can offer at wikis to new comers coming from drupal
cms? any other indian languages has got similler experiences? ?

-mahitgar
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From: Sudhanwa Jogalekar <[hidden email]>
Subject: [MarathiOpenSource] Announcement: Drupal Sprint India on
October 30-31 2009
To: "Pune GNU/Linux Users Group Mailing List" <[hidden email]>,
"cslug" <[hidden email]>, "marathiopensource"
<[hidden email]>, [hidden email], "The
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Date: Saturday, 26 September, 2009, 12:15 AM






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                  Dear all,



This is a formal announcement of Drupal Sprint India event happening

on October 30-31 2009. An event for those who love Drupal, geeks and

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Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2009 10:28:46 +0200
From: Gerard Meijssen <[hidden email]>
Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] LocalisationUpdate is live
To: Wikimedia India <[hidden email]>,
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Hoi,
It used to be that when you added to the localisations at
translatewiki.net,
it could take months before these localisations became part of any of
the
WMF projects. This is no longer the case. From now on, your
localisations
will become available in a much more timely manner. Typically
localisations
will become available within a day, the worst case scenario is that it
will
take three days.

This has some major implications. It was found that people in languages
where the localisations of the software of the Usability Initiative did
not
stick with the "beta test". This presented a problem; is this because of
the
lack of localisation or is it because of cultural differences with
regard to
usability. We can now ask people to help us iwith the localisation and
learn
quickly where the problem is. We know that information for several
scripts
is missing in the advanced toolbox. Telugu was added recently but
Devangari,
Kanada, Tamil and Sinhala is still missing.

We can now really concentrate our standard localisation in one place.
This
is very much wanted because it will improve our performance and it will
ensure better maintenance of our MediaWiki system messages.

It is for all these reasons that we ask you to got to translatewiki.net
for
your localisations. It would be appreciated when all the messages are
compared with what has been done locally. When local messages are the
same
as in translatewiki.net, they will eventually be removed by the
Wikimedida
developers. When they are not the same, there will be local messages
that
have missing parameters, these messages are best removed locally. Other
messages indicate things that are specific to a project these messages
are
the ones that have to remain locally.

With the LocalisationUpdate being live on all our wikis, we hope and
expect
that the quality of the localisations will improve. This will make it
easier
for people to understand what is asked from them by our software and
this
will grow our number of readers and editors. We need you to help us
realise
our wish to bring information to everyone. Localisation is an important
part
of making this possible.
Thanks,
      GerardM
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