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This page contains a handbook for people wanting to start a Wikimedia
wiki in a language which does not yet have its own wiki. See Special:SiteMatrix
for an overview of already existing wikis (red links are not-existing wikis).
- Before you can start, know that the rules to get a dedicated wiki at a Wikimedia subdomain are much more strict than the rules to start a test wiki here at the Incubator.
- Please be sure you will have enough people who could contribute to the wiki.
- And be sure the language has a valid ISO 639 language code.
Wikimedia will not host any wiki in a language or dialect that does not have a valid ISO 639 code, or a language in a script or orthography that is not commonly accepted or used. If you would like to start a personal project, see Incubator Plus
Register and change preferences
If you are not yet logged in, please log in
or create an account
. This will make it easier to keep track of fellow contributors.
Then, go to Special:Preferences
(1) and change your interface language (2) and change the test wiki settings:
- The project (3), e.g. Wikipedia for Wp/xx
- The language code (4), the "xx" in Wp/xx
Click on the create button above, and in the edit form, replace "language name in English". Extra information can be found on this page
. Then save the page.
- Follow the instructions on the page you just created. You will be asked to create a main page, with the title Project/code/Main_Page.
- You can list the wiki on Incubator:Wikis.
Step 3: Submitting the request
You can develop a test wiki here without making a request at Meta, but such a request is necessary if you want the wiki to eventually be moved out of the Incubator.
- Content work is the most important thing. Write and maintain articles.
- It can sometimes take a long time before your wiki is approved. Don't be discouraged.
Most proposals have a status page
which easily says what needs to be done before it is approved.
- You can apply for test wiki adminship, to take care of your test wiki.
- A member of the Language Committee may propose the approval of your test wiki. If not, and you think your test wiki meets the requirements, you can propose its approval on their talk page.
There are a few rules that all Wikimedia projects must follow:
- Authors must write from a neutral point of view (NPOV).
- Orthographic practices - if there is more than one way to spell or write your language, you will need rules about it.
- Stylistic conventions - if your language does not have a standardised universal form (the way everybody speaks it to understand each other), you will need to have one or have a rule to tell people which forms or dialects of your language to use. Also, you will need more complex stylistic conventions (for an example, see here).
The interface needs to be localised into your language. "Localization" includes translating the MediaWiki interface. Translation is one of the requirements before a wiki can be created. You can do this at Translatewiki
. It is usually done parallel to the work on the test wiki.
- If you are not yet familiar with translatewiki.net, please follow the instructions there.
- Go to "Special:Translate" on translatewiki.net and then start translating:
- While it would be even better to translate the entire interface, for a first project in a language you only need to localise the "most used MediaWiki messages". These are the messages that are of most importance to our readers.
Note: If the interface is not yet available at all in your language — check the drop-down language menu at the top of the page—you will additionally need to translate at least 13% of the core MediaWiki messages in order to activate the interface in your language. (The "most used" messages count toward the 13%.)
- For any subsequent project in a language, all the core MediaWiki messages and the messages of the main extensions used by the Wikimedia Foundation need to be translated. It is expected that the community of the first project has maintained and improved the localisation and consequently it should be no hardship.
You are encouraged to join the language support team
for your language, where you can provide information about your language (such as plural rules) or test functionality. If there is any technical problem, such as a lack of input methods or fonts for your language, do not hesitate to contact either through our community portal
or on translatewiki.net
Step 6: When the wiki is approved If approved, the language committee will submit a bug request at Phabricator
. Then it is only waiting on the developers to create the site. You can track the progress on Incubator:Site creation log
Step 7: When the wiki is created
- Stop! Maybe you want to copy all the pages from Incubator to the new wiki, but please do not do this.
- Someone will import all the pages with their history, and without their prefixes.
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