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Proposal:Make Wikipedia better known ("smaller" languages)

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

If not English, in what language is this proposal submitted?:


In English-speaking (and other "larger" languages) countries, nearly every internet user has heard of Wikipedia. In my experience in Norway, a majority of adults including teachers have not heard of it.


  • One suggestion: An international poll about knowledge of, and use of, Wikipedia. Perhaps sponsored by a news corporation?
  • Many edits on the English wikipedia and probably some others are made from computers in countries where most people speak another language. Why not thank such editors with a little note saying "thanks for that information, would you also like to add it to the Somali/Norwegian/Hindi pedia?
  • Other ideas?


Familiarity in the population ==> editor recruitment ==> larger and better encyclopedia ==> more familiarity

Key Questions

Potential Costs

We already have the software to do "geonotices", a targeted banner to people whose computers are in particular parts of the world. So costs to use it to tell Tanzanian editors that we have a swahili pedia should be trivial.


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