Wikipedia American Sign Language

Pharos pharosofalexandria at GMAIL.COM
Sun Apr 22 04:24:25 UTC 2007

I don't think that the test article would have to be associated with
Wikipedia, really.  This group is already very well informed on what
Wikipedia is, and another translation of that article probably
wouldn't be so interesting to them.  I like your idea of an article
about a Deaf hero or some other topic associated with Deaf culture.
This would highlight the cultural value of an ASL Wikipedia.  In the
past, some new Wikipedias for smaller languages have "celebrated"
their opening with a flagship article about, say, a prominent regional
town, and then translated that into the other languages.

I've left a note at our "WikiProject Deaf" on English to ask for any
good suggestions they may have for translation.  I did a little
looking myself too, and so far one of the better articles on an
individual I found was for the Deaf painter John Brewster, Jr.

On 4/21/07, Valerie Sutton <signwriting at> wrote:
> Thank you, Pharos. This is excellent information.
> I will leave this to Adam and Cherie now, to choose the article they
> want to write. They both know is just a matter of
> choosing our first test article...
> If we want to go to Teipei, the article needs to be somehow
> associated with Wikipedia I think...or does that matter?
> Val ;-)
> On Apr 21, 2007, at 6:59 PM, Pharos wrote:
> > I just wanted to put in a little cautionary note here.  If you're
> > going to be translating from the English Wikipedia, it would be a good
> > idea to become a little acquainted with how it works.  Specifically,
> > as you may know, every article has different versions over an article
> > history, and sometimes mistakes or even worse can sneak in before it's
> > fixed.  It would be important to identify the best version before you
> > do a translation, so there aren't any mistakes.  You can link to a
> > specific version through the 'Permanent link' button in the sidebar,
> > and then it might be easier to collaborate in translating a text
> > that's not going to change.  I can help you with this if you want.
> >
> > It might be a good idea for some people on the list to make accounts
> > on English Wikipedia and just play around a little to see how it
> > works.  This is a separate login from the Wikimedia Meta site.  I've
> > tried to recruit some people already involved in Wikipedia to help
> > with ASL Wikipedia, but so far I've only found one person with a basic
> > knowledge of SignWriting.
> >

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