There isn't a lack of easyness. Some people are just scared away by so
called veteran editors.

On 10/12/2011, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <viswapra...@gmail.com> wrote:
> That is not always true. Even the apparently (for us)  easy pages on
> English Wikipedia are too technical for a would-be enthusiatic neo wiki
> editor as he/she just steps into editing attempts even after a long
> experience of "reading" wikipedia.
>
> I can wow on to this as I have met many such people who would, at first
> 'dare into editing' often at the forceful prompting of an experienced user,
> but soon withdraw.
> To them, there seems to be too may syntax formalities and restricting rules
> and regulations.
>
> The same people, if continuously and  intensively supported by an
> experienced one, crosses the learning curve quite fast and become able to
> stand on his own as an independent contributor.
>
> I sincerely think that there is a clear need of preparing and showcasing a
> Real Idiot's Guide to early Wikipedia editing. Perhaps, we do not realize
> such lack of user-friendliness ourselves as most of us have come away a
> long way from that stage.
>
>
> -Viswam
>
>
> On Sat, Dec 10, 2011 at 22:33, ansuman <ansum...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I think the pages available for beginners on english wikipedia is more
>> than enough to learn.
>>
>>
>> On Sat, Dec 10, 2011 at 4:18 AM, Jessie Wild <jw...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>
>>> Thanks for sending this, Shiju!
>>>
>>> I just got off the phone with a wonderful woman who works for EDC India
>>> who was asking me how she could participate in Kannada Wikipedia editing.
>>> Obviously I can just direct her to the homepage of kn-wiki, but is there
>>> somewhere she could go to get some coaching to begin? She's never edited
>>> before, but is fluent in English too and wants to increase the
>>> educational
>>> content.
>>>
>>> Thanks for your help!
>>> Jessie
>>>
>>> On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 9:55 PM, Shiju Alex <sh...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Dear All,
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> As part of my discussion with Indic language Wikipedians I spoke with
>>>> few Kannada wikipedians. I have summarized the discussion in meta wiki.
>>>> It
>>>> is here:
>>>> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_-_India_Programs/Indic_Languages/Kannada/Discussions/2011
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Kannada with more than 4 crore speakers and is one of the 22 scheduled
>>>> languages of india. Kannada is primarily spoken in the Indian state
>>>> Karnataka.
>>>>
>>>> Kannada Wikipedia has a very interesting heritage.  This is the
>>>> community that started Wiki outreach programs in India.  In fact, the
>>>> first
>>>> Indic wiki workshop that I am aware of was organized by HPN way back in
>>>> 2004! A lot of interesting things happened for a while and there was a
>>>> time when Kannda has a vibrant 40+ strong community.
>>>>
>>>> However, off late, things appear to have slowed down and the number of
>>>> active editors is on a relative decline.  Having said that, the seeds
>>>> have
>>>> already been sown in this community and I am confident that with a
>>>> little
>>>> nurturing, we can see activism in Kannada wikipedia coming back. I am
>>>> basing my optimism on Kananda Wiktionary -where the community has taken
>>>> it
>>>> to the 2nd largest wiktionary in the country.  There is much activism
>>>> happening around kannada wiktionary. In Kannada wikipedia I got
>>>> opportunity
>>>> to interact with high prolific editors like User:Radhatanaya who is
>>>> silently doing wonderful job.
>>>>
>>>> Kannada wikipedia has more than 11,000 articles now and kannada
>>>> wiktionary has whopping 1,50,000 entries (making it the second biggest
>>>> Wiktionary among Indic language wiktionaries).
>>>>
>>>> Kindly read the experience of Kannada Wikimedians at:
>>>>
>>>> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_-_India_Programs/Indic_Languages/Kannada/Discussions/2011
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>  Regards
>>>> Shiju
>>>>
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Srikanth Ramakrishnan.
Wikipedia Coimbatore Meetup on December 10th.
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