Encyclopedia in American Sign Language

Adam Frost adam at FROSTVILLAGE.COM
Sun Mar 11 20:42:27 UTC 2007

I have been putting several comments on this discussion. My user name is
icemandeaf. I know that Steve has also been contributing. I just proposed a
question on the discussion of using all of the methods mentioned because
there will always be people for and against this system and that. The reason
I did this was because I have not seen an objection the having an ASL
Wikipedia, just how to have it. I hope that this will be possible because,
like I said in my question on the discussion, having a combination will give
more access to more users to Wikipedia in ASL than any single one. I hope
that this will get some thoughts going. :-)


On 3/11/07, Pharos <pharosofalexandria at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi, I'm Pharos on Wikipedia.  I don't have any special skill with
> computer programming, sign languages or writing systems.  But I do
> have some experience with Wikipedia, and I thought I could help a
> little in the initial organization of an American Sign Language
> Wikipedia.  Hence, my contacting of Valerie, etc.
> I would encourage all folks on this mailing list to create accounts on
> English Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/ ) (or another language
> Wikipedia, if you prefer) and Wikimedia Meta (
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/ ).  Then, you can gain some experience with
> how Wikipedia works, and be able to contribute to the proposal
> discussion at Wikimedia Meta.  If you tell me what usernames you have
> registered under, I'll try to follow your contributions and guide you
> in how to use the wiki.  My English Wikipedia page is at User:Pharos .
> You can leave me comments there at User talk:Pharos .
> Valerie raised the point that SignWriting can be used for many sign
> languages, not just American Sign Language.  Of course there is one
> Wikipedia per language, not per writing system.  American Sign
> Language has been proposed first because it's probably the most likely
> to attract contributors.  If the American Sign Language Wikipedia is a
> success, Wikipedias in other signed languages are a possibility for
> the future.
> Thanks
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