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Proposal:Core wikipedias

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This proposal is associated with the bolded strategic priorities below.

  1. Achieve continued growth in readership
  2. Focus on quality content
  3. Increase Participation
  4. Stabilize and improve the infrastructure
  5. Encourage Innovation.



Define something like core wikipedias (reference wikipedias or exemplary wikipedias, written in a main language, which has many second language speakers) and transfer mediawiki-knowledge (how to write templates, tools, translate help-pages on meta, etc.).


The English language predominance in parts of the world is a fact. But I remember when I looked into the sah:wikipedia I thought that the people there should read and write Russian as the first foreign language (not English). Maybe we could define something like core wikipedias, similar to the en:Wikipedia. That would be ru:Wikipedia, mandarin:Wikipedia and maybe hindi. In Africa those core wikipedias would be the French and the English WP. (The core-concepts don´t seem to function in Africa) We could help there with a task force that transfers mediawiki-knowledge (how to write templates, tools, translate help-pages on meta, etc.) and from there the mediawiki-knowledge could move further along. These wikipedias could function like the en:wikipedia today as a starting point for writing wikipedias, wikinews, etc in different mother languages.

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