Good idea to promote indic wikis


On 10/29/10, Ravishankar <> wrote:
> Nice idea, Srikanth.
> User:Sodabottle joined Tamil Wiki after the interest generated by the essay
> contest. So, we are yet to get a active contributor through this campaign.
> But, we have just started and hope it works.
> Ravi
> On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 12:28 AM, Srikanth Lakshmanan
> <>wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Tamil wikipedians thought of inviting fellow editors of Tamil origin in
>> English wikipedia and pull them over to Tamil wikipedia. User:Ravidreams
>> even called it "hijacking editors" funnily. There was some initial success
>> with editors like User:Sodabottle joining and contributing
>> heavily.
>> (I too joined it, but that does not matter much), It was decided to invite
>> experienced English wikipedians of Tamil origin to contribute to tamil
>> wiki.
>> The advantage being that experienced wiki editors are aware of wiki
>> culture
>> and its mechanisms and the learning curve for them would just be language
>> typing skill. So a "Welcome message"[1] was created and it is decided to
>> post on talk pages. We have started doing this.
>> Just when i created a template for it, it struck me why not post this to
>> new users as well along with the usual {{Welcome}} template. There could a
>> user in remote places trying to edit about his/her village and when we
>> come
>> across such new users, why not post this welcome to Indic wikipedia
>> message
>> along with welcome template? (I assume most of us welcome new users with a
>> welcome template). They might be unaware of Indic wikipedia / might be
>> more
>> interested in contributing native tongue. So I am just going to try
>> posting
>> the "ContributeToTamilWikipedia" message along with Welcome template
>> whenever i know the user is a Tamil. I have also altered my "Friendly"
>> configuration[2] to have the custom template, so its really easy to
>> welcome
>> users, just a few clicks. If you feel this is good to do, please create
>> welcome message to target your language users and let me know. I would add
>> it to my friendly configuration and can Invite users. Even if I don't know
>> Bengali, I can invite a Bengali user editing say Siliguri article with a
>> Bengali Wikipedia welcome message and he would at least visit Bengali
>> Wikipedia, if not contribute there.
>> [1]
>> <>[2]
>> Regards
>> Srikanth.L
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