Shiju Alex | 4 Jan 13:56 2012
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[Wikikn-l (kannada wikipedia)] Fwd: Birthday of Indic language wikipedias

Dear All,

The below message is about the birthday of Indic wikipedias and the
birthday of Kannada wikipedia is on *January 12*.  The first edit in
Kannada wikipedia had happened on
*2003-January-12<http://kn.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=1>
* which means Kannada wikipedia will celebrate 9th anniversary next week.

Thanks
Shiju Alex

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Shiju Alex <shiju@...>
Date: Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 6:04 PM
Subject: Birthday of Indic language wikipedias
To: Wikimedia India Community list <wikimediaindia-l@...>

Dear Indic wikipedians

One of the aspects that was raised during the discussions with almost all
Indic language wiki communities was the need to build existing
communities, motivate existing community members, attract new community
members by increasing awareness of projects and communities, and to
celebrate all the possible occasions.

I have a suggestion that can contribute to all of these in some manner. The
suggestion is to celebrate the anniversaries of Indic language wikipedias.
And as you might agree, the first edit date of a wiki is the best *
anniversary* that a community can celebrate.  I have collected information
for the birthdays of each Indic Wikipedia.  This is the day on which the
first edit happened on the respective language wikipedia. (The *Indian
Standard Time* is used while recording the date and time).

I am listing those days below for your reference,

   *Indic Language wikipedia*

*Birthday/Anniversary (Date of first edit)*

*Number of active editors*

*Assamese* <http://as.wikipedia.org/>

*June 02 (2002-June-02) <http://as.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=1>*

10

*Nepali* <http://ne.wikipedia.org/>

*June 03 (2002-June-03) <http://ne.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=1>*

13

*Punjab <http://pa.wikipedia.org/>i*

*June 03 (2002-June-03) <http://pa.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=1>*

3

*Malayalam* <http://ml.wikipedia.org/>

*December 21 (2002-December-21) <http://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=1>*

93

*Kannada* <http://kn.wikipedia.org/>

*January 12 (2003-January-12) <http://kn.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=1>*

20

*Bhojpuri* <http://bh.wikipedia.org/>

*February 21 (2003-February-21) <http://bh.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=1>*

0

*Hindi* <http://hi.wikipedia.org/>

*July 11 <http://hi.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=1> (2003-July-11)
<http://hi.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=1>*

55

*Kashmiri* <http://ks.wikipedia.org/>

*July 26 (2003-July-26) <http://ks.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=5>*

1

*Tamil* <http://ta.wikipedia.org/>

*September 30 (2003-September-30) <http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=5>*

85

*Marathi* <http://mr.wikipedia.org/>

*October 20 (2003-October-20) <http://mr.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=1>*

44

*Gujarati* <http://gu.wikipedia.org/>

*December 09 (2003-December-09) <http://gu.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=1>*

11

*Sanskrit* <http://sa.wikipedia.org/>

*December 21 (2003-December-21) <http://sa.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=1>*

16

*Sindhi* <http://sd.wikipedia.org/>

*December 26 (2003-December-26) <http://sd.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=1>*

5

*Bengali* <http://bn.wikipedia.org/>

*January 27 <http://bn.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=6>
(2004-January-27)<http://bn.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=6>
*

52

*Urdu* <http://ur.wikipedia.org/>

*January 27 (2004-January-27) <http://ur.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=2>*

15

*Odia (Oriya <http://or.wikipedia.org/>)*

*January 29 (2004-January-29) <http://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=1>*

10

*Telugu* <http://te.wikipedia.org/>

*January 29 (2004-January-29) <http://te.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=1>*

32

*Pali* <http://pi.wikipedia.org/>

*July 29 (2004-July-29) <http://pi.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=1>*

0

*Newari* <http://new.wikipedia.org/>

*October 01 (2006-October-01) <http://new.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=4>*

1

*Bishnupriya Manipuri* <http://bpy.wikipedia.org/>

*October 01 (2006-October-01) <http://bpy.wikipedia.org/wiki/?diff=2>*

2

This list is available in meta also.

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_-_India_Programs/Indic_Languages#State_of_Indic_Language_Projects

I recommend that we use these anniversary dates to do the following

   - Organize a small wikiconfernce or some other major event for the
   respective language wikipedia
   - Organize community meetups to celebrate this
   - Coincide community events around these meetups (such as outreach
   sessions, photo events, or launching specific WikiProjects)
   - Invite press to these meetups and use different platforms to spread
   word about respective language wikipedia.

From the above table we can see that *Assamese* is the first Indic language
wikipedia, and 4 Indic language wikipedias will celebrate *10th
anniversary* this
year (2012). :) So it is time to get prepared for the celebration.

Happy Birthday Celebrations!

Regards,

Shiju Alex
India Programs of Wikimedia Foundation

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