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Revision as of 07:19, 15 May 2006

The Italian Wikitravel Expedition is an expedition to create an Italian-language version of Wikitravel, per the Wikitravel:Language version policy.

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Rationale

Italian is spoken by more than 70 million people worldwide -- mostly in Italy and Switzerland.

An Italian-language Wikitravel would serve Italian-speakers by providing travel guides in their native language. In addition, native Italian speakers could provide travel information about destinations in Italy and elsewhere that could be translated to other languages.

Goals

This Expedition has the following goals:

  • To collect a good base of Italian-speaking users willing to take this project further.
  • To choose a go-between who can keep users on the English-language site up-to-date on developments on Italian Wikitravel, and vice-versa
  • To translate the interface files for Wikitravel into Italian
  • To launch the new Italian-language Wikitravel.
  • To translate help, policy, and navigation pages and create the infrastructure necessary to make Italian Wikitravel useful and friendly for new Italian-speaking contributors.
  • To make Italian Wikitravel an integrated part of the Wikitravel family.

Steps

The Language version policy lists the steps necessary to get a Italian-language Wikitravel in place.

Gathering a team of users

To get this project started, we need at least 5 Italian-speaking users willing to help start the Italian Wikitravel. This means helping to translate the interface files, create content on the new Wikitravel, and to create the necessary infrastructure to make Wikitravel welcoming and useful for the next wave of contributors.

If you're interested, please create a user account on this (English) Wikitravel, and sign the list below. To sign, edit this page and just type ~ 4 times, like "~~~~".

  • Sabine Cretella (s.cretella@wordsandmore.it)
  • Benedetto Colicci Logan 19:55, 18 Nov 2004 (EST)
  • Agostino64 Agostino
  • Thom 08:58, 6 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • Guaka 15:58, 21 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • Maed Maed
  • Pz-engl I would like to write articles in italian. Pz-engl 11:03, 20 Oct 2005 (EDT)
  • Mimmo46 mimmo46
  • Dennis 13:51, 20 Jan 2006 (EST)
  • Simone 03:32, 24 Jan 2006 (EST)
  • enzomartinelli 80.1.224.13 18:21, 22 April 2006 (EDT)
  • Broc 12:58, 9 May 2006 (EDT)
  • Stefano 17:31, 13 May 2006 (EDT) I am in that too/Contate anche me

More than 5 users are welcome to sign up, but we need at least 5 to get started.

Go-between

Part of the process of having a language version is having a single person responsible for reporting on issues in the larger Wikitravel community to the Italian language version, and reporting on issues in the Italian language version to the larger community.

The go-between should be conversant in English and Italian, experienced with Wikitravel in other languages, and willing to make monthly reports and be an active participant in the Italian Wikitravel community.

Previous language versions have picked a go-between by voting. See Wikitravel:Romanian Wikitravel Expedition and Wikitravel:French Wikitravel Expedition for details.

Choosing a go-between

In order to make a successful, integrated Italian Wikitravel, we need to choose one of the five users who put their names down, and make them a go-between. The role of the go-between will be to act as a liaison between English and Italian Wikipedia, and therefore, he must be able to:

  • Write English and Italian well
  • Understand Wikitravel ideals, guidelines, goals and policies
  • Make monthly reports about Italian Wikitravel to English Wikitravel
  • Make monthly reports about English Wikitravel to Italian Wikitravel
  • Contribute actively in Italian Wikitravel

The go-between will be chosen by voting

The five candidates for go-between are the users listed below. If you would like to vote one of these people, please put your username next to their name, in the Votes for section. If you would like to make a vote against someone, please write your username next to their name in the Votes against line and then a reason for this. To win, a go-between must have two votes for them, and no votes against them. Only people who nominated themselves under the "Gathering a team" section can vote. And remember, you cannot vote for yourself.

Pick a user who you would like to see as go-between:

  • Vote for User:Broc
    • Votes for:
    • Votes against:
  • Vote for User:DaniloP
    • Votes for: gil_elendil (if you look in history I voted when not logged in, but it is a genuine vote...)
    • Votes against:
  • Vote for User:Maed
    • Votes for:
    • Votes against:
  • Vote for User:Thom
    • Votes for:
    • Votes against:

Language interface file

MediaWiki, the software that runs Wikitravel, uses a language interface file to make the links and names and prompts and stuff readable in other languages. We need to customize a new version to work for Italian Wikitravel.

We can collaboratively do this at Wikitravel:LanguageIt.php. It's started off with the Wikipedia language file, and we can use the English Wikitravel:Language.php file as a reference for things that need to be changed. It's mostly just changing the name of the site (Wikipedia -> Wikitravel), the name of the license, and the names of some important pages.

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Actions

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