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Re: arabic wikipedia

Well the Problem is simply a lack of ppl, we arevery few and so busy
working on other projects for eg. there are only 3 ppl (if I am right)
workng on the wordlist which is a HUGE project, with only one member
working very hard on it (Mr Alrashedeen) for gnome there is only one
translator, me... So you can see we are very few that's why we can't
work on Wikipedia even i you REALLY want to...
Still if there are some volounteers wanting our support I think no one
will be against this!

Arafat Medini

p.s: es überrascht mich immer wieder wie sehr Menschen an der arabischen
Kultur interessiert sind ;)

Am Sa, den 07.02.2004 schrieb Elisabeth Bauer um 01:43:
> Hello,
> It has been mentioned already on this list some while ago: at 
> http://ar.wikipedia.org an open content encyclopedia in arabic waits to 
> be born.
> It's part of the international project wikipedia, an encyclopedia with 
> now almost 500 000 articles in more than 40 languages, written entirely 
> by volunteers. Its content is licensed under the GNU free documentation 
> license.
> Currently there are several unsolved things, and I hope that maybe 
> someone here on the list can help:
> First, there are no arabs in the arabic wikipedia, only some people from 
> the other projects willing to help with technical questions about the 
> wiki, but they don't speak much arabic (I am a project member of the 
> German wikipedia and quite interested in arabic culture, but my arabic 
> is... better don't speak about it). So, if you have friends with 
> internet access who might enjoy working together in building the biggest 
> free resource of knowledge in the web, tell them about it!
> I tried to localize parts of the interface (many thanks for the wordlist 
> :-))), but I am sure there are many mistakes and a good deal remains to 
> be translated (btw, the software, mediawiki, is GPL and can be used for 
> other wikis as well).
> Second problem is the name - something which is quite difficult to 
> change afterwards if it turns out to be wrong. Currently ويكيبيديا
> is used. Is this correct? (Someone made already a logo 
> http://meta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_in_other_languages)
> Third are browser problems with Mozilla and Firebird which behave quite 
> strangely with arabic in the textboxes (at least on my systems). I don't 
> know much about how it should behave correctly, since I don't type much 
> in arabic, so we were absolutely grateful for good, developer style bug 
> reports (and hints how to fix the problems).
> If you have any questions, please ask, here on the list, by mail or on 
> my talk page at http://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Elian
> kind regards,
> Elian
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