I agree partially with you, Pranav. Yes, finding reliable sources in Indic
languages can be quite a challenge.

My own personal view is this - But while a source may be in a language but
its utility as a reference is basically language neutral. That means a
source in any language can be used providing you can read it and cite it. I
dont see so many places where sources are not available in English but are
available in indic languages. For vast majority of article subjects,
english language web can provide all the sources you can possibly need.
What is needed is NOT to have an attitude where anything English is painted
as a villain.

Warm regards,

Ashwin Baindur
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On Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 3:09 PM, <wheredevelsd...@hotmail.com> wrote:

>  Bigno, Ashwin - you hit the nail on the head.
>
> One other point I dont see mention is availability of reliable sources.
> For Indian articles, that is something that can be difficult to find at
> times.
>
> ------------------------------
> Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:01:57 +0530
> From: ashwin.bain...@gmail.com
> To: wikimediaindia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
> Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Quality Issues with English Wikipedia
>
>
> Srikanth, I find it a bit difficult to believe that the reason you said is
> the only reason why English editting stopped. It must be a combination of
> many things-
>
> * Retirement and reduction of editting by long term editors
> * For some reason, the same pleasure no longer felt in editting.
> * Hostile atmosphere, lots of rules & edit-warring.
> * Switching part of effort to Indic,  Commons, GLAM, Outreach etc.
> * Lesser recruitment of newbies.
> etc
>
> Anyway, whatever be the causes, I think you and I  and all of us agree
> that we need to make WikiProject India a happening place again.
>
> Warm regards,
>
> Ashwin Baindur
> ------------------------------------------------------
>
>
> On Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 2:54 PM, Srikanth Ramakrishnan <
> parakara.gh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hisham,
> Do note, we had ALL that till two years ago.
> Since the offline meetups have begun, a lot of English editors have now
> reduced editint to concentrate on outreach activities and all.
> --Re,
>
>
> On Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 2:19 PM, Hisham <his...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
>
> On Nov 28, 2011, at 9:26 AM, Ashwin Baindur wrote:
>
> This is a letter to all Indian editors of the English Wikipedia requesting
> discussion, cooperation and help.
>
> Recently I was asked to give a three to four minute presentation on the
> state of WikiProject India on English Wikipedia for the session on state of
> Indic Wikipedias at the recently concluded WikiConference in Mumbai. At
> first I thought nothing about the matter, but as I was compiling the
> report, I came across statistics which would horrify any of us.
>
> To begin with, as of time of writing this post, WikiProject India has a
> total of 90,021 articles. This is a very large number and second only to
> Hindi Wikipedia's 100,588 articles. Since all these English articles cover
> only India or some aspect of its geography, history, culture or its people,
> this set of 90,000+ articles is important to all Indians, representing the
> largest core of knowledge about India on any Wikipedia project.
>
> But all of this is not high quality stuff. User:Svick on English Wikipedia
> provides a useful service to WikProjects on English Wikipedia. He provides
> a WikiProject-wise listing of articles which have improvement tags such as
> {{unreferenced}}, {{cleanup}}, {{copyedit}} and so on. In his report for
> WikiProject India, at the following url:
>
>
> http://toolserver.org/~svick/CleanupListing/CleanupListingByCat.php?project=India
>
> you will find that of the 79435 articles in this project which were
> assessed by Svick, a total of 52077 articles or 65.6 % are marked for
> cleanup, with 86271 issues in total. These are tagged with 82 different
> types of tags, the most populous being :
>
> * Articles with unsourced statements (6815)
> * Articles lacking reliable references (1989)
> * Articles needing additional references (4840)
> * Articles lacking sources (8970)
> * BLP articles lacking sources (1297)
> * Articles needing cleanup (2751)
> * Articles containing potentially dated statements (9317)
> * All articles needing coordinates (14571)
> * Articles to be expanded (1020)
>
> Besides this, there are 40,338 articles unassessed for importance and
> 20,527 for quality, making a backlog of 60,865 assessments.
>
> In addition, of the 90,000+ articles, there are 43,843 stubs and 10,986
> start class articles. All these need to be developed in time also.
>
> Besides these are a very large number of cryptic articles, articles
> pertaining to India but not tagged on the talk page with the WikiProject
> banner. The articles themselves sometimes need more cleanup tags than are
> marked at present.
>
> You may have read Sven Manguard's special opinion editorial in the
> Signpost some time ago
>
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2011-10-31/Opinion_essay
>
> wherein he has drawn attention to the hundreds of thousands of articles
> needing cleanup and improvement on Wikipedia as a whole.  That is exactly
> the issue with WikiProject India, as of now.
>
> To me it appears that - Something needs to be done URGENTLY.
>
> My own suggestion is that this can easily be tackled if all of us do a
> little bit every day. Many hands make light work. There are about 450
> active editors listed on the WikiProject members page. If each of us
> decided to do just one cleanup task each day, then we can do away with
> 1,64,500 odd problems in a year. Over time, these issues will fall to
> negligible levels.
>
> Please reply to this thread with your views. Firstly, do you agree with
> me. Is there a problem or am I sensationalising the case? What exactly are
> the issues and how do we resolve them. Can we as Indians rise to the
> challenge and bring down these backlogs to manageable levels. Please  give
> us any ideas, inputs, insights or critiques that may occur to you.
>
> Many thanks for your note, Ashwin.  I think this is a really important
> discussion and I agree wholeheartedly with you about the need to do
> something, and the need to do it urgently!
>
> I notice your initiative to Collaboration of the Month on a select set of
> nominated articles - and that's fantastic.  That's exactly the kind of
> stuff that needs to be done.
>
> Here are few thoughts that I had
>
>
>    - We need to create a sense of community and collaboration.  It would
>    really be nice if as many interested editors as possible sing up.  One
>    comment I've heard from some wikimedians is that there isn't enough
>    collaborative editing.  Can we create some vehicle for this?  For instance,
>    can we take some time out in community meetups and do a little bit for one
>    or more of these articles?  Can we create some kind of mini-events
>    equivalent to hackathons?  For instance, can we create an Edit Utsav every
>    (just throwing this out as an example) on Sunday afternoons every week?
>    - We need to make a start - no matter how small  Even if you choose to
>    do 2 articles per month for Collaboration of the Month, that's great and we
>    should take it from there and slowly build up.
>    - We need to create excitement and momentum.  For this to happen, we
>    need to be generous in our celebration.  I think every article that
>    interested editors work on as part of your Collaboration of the Month
>    should be celebrated - on this mailing list, on the WP:INDIA talk page, on
>    various social handles (let's shamelessly exploit Tinu's vast fan following
>    here) and maybe even in the press.
>    - We need to have something to work towards (in your parlance, a
>    beachhead...  :-)).  I have an idea.  There are a bunch of discussions
>    happening on various offline initiatives.  One challenge that these will
>    face will be to select a reasonable set of acceptable quality articles on
>    India.  I don't know what that number should be or how long it should take
>    - but whatever the determinations are on both of these, what if you have
>    these work with the offline initiative (which I also know is also very dear
>    to your heart.)
>    - We need to magnify an already big message.  One common refrain I've
>    heard from many who are interested in editing Wikipedia is  the equivalent
>    of "everything is covered; I don't know what to edit".  Asking folks in
>    India to edit about India is a powerfully relevant message - and one that
>    they are likely to intuitively connect with.  ..and as you've outlined,
>    there is no shortage of articles - many of great importance / relevance.
>     Maybe this could be a message covered in every outreach sessions that
>    community folks undertake?  [Edit] India!
>
>
> In all of this, do let me know if there is anything we can do to help and
> we'll do our best.
>
> Best
>
> hisham
>
>
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