Hindi Wikitravel Report for April 2007
In a nutshell, progress has been quite good. We may not be at par with the other language versions, but we've nearly hit the 50 mark and the future's looking bright. The basic interface has been translated, but some of the system messages are still in English.
Policies and guidelines
Manual of Style
The isIn template has been created, but the problem is that an underscore has to be used instead of a spacebar. There's a debate regarding the usage of the quickbar. Most article templates have been translated, only the "National Park" template is left. We still haven't been able to come up with a suitable word for "Cope" :(
We now have 17 registered users. Most of them are notable members of the en community -- Cacahuate, Episteme (who helps us with interwiki), Ravikiran ...
Focus during the next month
We're going to program a bot (actually, Evan's agreed to program it for us) to auto-generate around 100-150 articles. Cacahuate's doing a great job by creating new articles with the template+quickbar. We also want to work on a few country articles, India / hi:भारत and USA / hi:संयुक्त राज्य अमरीका need info.
The numerous technical probs we're facing include the following...
Also see Tech:Hindi version needs a few fixes
We badly need a few native Hindi speakers to join up, we currently only have 3. All of them are active wikipedians. At least one admin should be a native Hindi speaker and we also need a Hindi-speaking b'crat. Perhaps Cacahuate could be given that status.
It's been a good month. The future looks bright.... तो हिन्दी विकिट्रैवल — सदा आगे बढ़ते रहो...
To launch or to revive a language version of Wikitravel is a **** of a mission to undertake. Congratulations to your progress. If/when things get tough, remember that as long as there is some sort of contribution (vandalism included!), you are always in the public eye. In short, you will grow and prosper. Good luck! Riggwelter 18:25, 4 May 2007 (EDT)