I wonder if creating dynamic articles from Wikidata is better than creating
static articles. Because we lack tools for this, it is easier to do this
offline, and as a consequence we get the static bot-articles.

Den søn. 25. feb. 2018, 16.26 skrev Gabriel Thullen <gabr...@thullen.com>:

> I should have joined in this discussion a little earlier. I work a lot with
> the French Wikipedia, and we do not just translate articles from English (6
> million articles) to French (only 2 million articles). The French community
> is large and active, and provide a unique local perspective on the
> different articles that are written. And when I say local, I mean that
> things are seen differently in France than in the French speaking part of
> Switzerland or Belgium.
>
> I think that we are ignoring something very important here: putting it
> simply, Wikipedia contributors do two things. They add information to the
> encyclopedia by improving articles or writing new ones, and they curate or
> check the existing articles. All this talk about machine translation does
> not address the second aspect of what the volunteer contributors do.
> This means that we could have hundreds of thousands of articles in a
> language with  very few active contributors. Will that small community be
> able to oversee so many articles ?
>
> For example, have a look at the list of Wikipedias ordered by number of
> articles:
> 1. English - 5,578,081 articles - 138,479 active users - 1,230 admins
> 2. Cebuano - 5,383,108 articles - 162 active users - 5 admins
> 3. Swedish - 3,784,331 articles - 2,929 active users - 65 admins
> 4. German - 2,157,495 articles - 20, 085 active users - 194 admins
>
> When I have some time, I will look into different ratios like number or
> articles/active users or number of articles/number of native language
> speakers... Now I am not saying that our Swedish friends have abused
> machine translation of articles, but I definetly that something is not
> quite right about the Cebuano wiki...
> Gabe
>
>
> On Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 4:06 PM, Anders Wennersten <
> m...@anderswennersten.se
> > wrote:
>
> > I am very happy to follow this thread as I believe it is addressing a
> very
> > relevant issue.
> >
> > In my mind we can divide up the different language version into 5
> > categories:
> >
> > 1.Enwp,
> >
> > 2.the next 6-7 (de,fr, es,jp,pt,ru..)
> >
> > 3.the next 20 or so, where the basic workprocesses are applied
> >
> > 4.the next 40-50 which are struggling to generate more input then what is
> > vandalised
> >
> > 5.the rest which in reality is no viable online encyclopedias
> >
> > And for me no 1 priority is to accept that there are these categories,
> and
> > that what is applicable for cat 1 and 2 is not so for 4 and 5.
> >
> > I believe the grant model could easily make room for subsiding good
> > initiatives addressing the problem for cat 4 and 5 (and perhaps 3).
> >
> > And I think it is very presumptuous to start talking of what technique to
> > use and things like translation. If we open up for creative brainstorming
> > (among the ones having the need) I think very many other ways can turn
> up.
> > Myself I am deeply impressed what you can create using Wikidata as a base
> > source of info, and being from a version of type 3 I see how much my
> > homeversion improve content with wikidata created infoboxes
> >
> > Anders
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Den 2018-02-24 kl. 13:51, skrev John Erling Blad:
> >
> >> This discussion is going to be fun! =D
> >>
> >> A little more than seventy Wikipedia-projects has more than 65k
> articles,
> >> the remaining two hundred or so are pretty small.
> >>
> >> What if a base set of articles were opened for paid translators? There
> are
> >> several lists of such base sets. We have both the thousand articles from
> >> "List of articles every Wikipedia should have"[1] and and the ten
> thousand
> >> articles from the expanded list[2].
> >>
> >> Lets say verified good translators was paid about $0.01 per word (about
> $1
> >> for a 1k-article) for translating one of those articles into another
> >> language, with perhaps a higher pay for contributors in high-cost
> >> countries. The pay would also have to be higher for languages that lacks
> >> good translation tools.
> >>
> >> I believe this would be an _enabling_ activity for the communities, as
> >> without a base set of articles it won't be possible to build a community
> >> at
> >> all. By not paying for new articles, and only translating
> well-referenced
> >> articles, some of the disputes in the communities could be avoided.
> >> Perhaps
> >> we should also identify good source articles, that would be a help.
> >> Translated articles should be above some minimum size, but they does not
> >> have to be full translations of the source article.
> >>
> >> A real problem is that our existing lists of good articles other
> projects
> >> should have is pretty much biased towards Western World, so they need a
> >> lot
> >> of adjustments. Perhaps such a project would identify our inherit bias?
> >>
> >> [1]
> >> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/List_of_articles_every_Wikip
> >> edia_should_have
> >> [2]
> >> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/List_of_articles_every_Wikip
> >> edia_should_have/Expanded
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