Localization refers to the process of porting the OrthodoxWiki project into languages other than English (its original tongue).
It is the responsibility of the affiliate(s) to actively maintain and manage the localized OrthodoxWiki in conformity with OrthodoxWiki's major guidelines, especially its [[OrthodoxWiki:Copyrights|copyright policy]] (for legal reasons) and OrthodoxWiki's [[OrthodoxWiki:Style_Manual#Neutrality_and_the_OrthodoxWiki_Bias|principle of neutrality]]. They will also be
responsbile for translating core OrthodoxWiki texts from English into the other language.
Within these parameters, local operators are given a great deal of leeway regarding how their wiki is structured, setting priorities for what kind of material to import and export from the English language OrthodoxWiki, and so on.
===Logos and Identity===
OrthodoxWiki affiliates are permitted and required to adopt the official OrthodoxWiki logo, although they may translate it into the other language if they like
. Likewise, they should make use of the OrthodoxWiki favicon and search plugin icon, allow they may adapt these as they wish (for example, changing them to a different color to differentiate between lanaguage versions of OrthodoxWiki in the search box or for bookmarks). Links to all the localized OrthodoxWikis should be prominently featured on the homepage of every discrete/localized OrthodoxWiki site. Affialiates may use any of OrthodoxWiki's linkbuttons, translated or not, or may create their own.
===Hosting and Domains===
We will provide a localized subdomain (such as ru.orthodoxwiki.org, gr.orthodoxwiki.org, bu.orthodoxwiki.org, etc.).
This can be pointed to anoher IP address to be hosted locally, or we may provide space on the server that hosts OrthodoxWiki ([a server belonging to http://www.OrthodoxInternet.com Orthodox Internet Services]). In some cases, a domain name more appropriate to the language in question may also be parked upon the subdomain. Hosting and technical management of the MediaWiki software can be provided free of charge by OrthodoxWiki, in association with [http://orthodoxinternet.com Orthodox Internet Services] . However, it is also possible to for affiliates to host and manage their own [http://mediawiki.org MediaWiki] installation. ===Copyright Issues=== For practical reasons, it is important that localized OrthodoxWikis maintain the same copyright/licensing arrangement as the English-lanaguge OrthodoxWiki. Since the localized wiki is part of the OrthodoxWiki project, we consider that all images and articles for which OrthodoxWiki has obtained special permission to use may also be used on localized OrthodoxWikis using the same domain name. ==Colleagues== A "colleague" relationship is especially appropriate where the focus of another wiki (e.g. their interpretation of [[NPOV|N.P.O.V.]] and "mainstream Chalcedonian Orthodox bias") differs from OrthodoxWikis. We expect this would be the case, for example, if an Old Calendarist Greek group wanted to create their own wiki, or for Coptic/non-Chalcedonians or Roman (or other) Catholic wikis, or if another Eastern Orthodox group wanted to start a wiki with a substaintially different focus or mission. In some cases, we may recognize other wikis as "colleagues" even if they do not call themselves Christian. The word "colleage" assumes that we have a sense of common mission or complementarity, and are happy to work together and support each others work. In this case, we would not share a common branding - domain names, logos, linkbuttons, etc. would all be distinct. Similarly, special image and article permissions would be handled separately.
Appedix A: OrthodoxWiki Core Documents==This is a list of OrthodoxWiki core Documents which must be translated (in abbrevated form, if necessary) and maintained consistently across localizations. The English-language text will remain the "canonical" text.
'''Core pages include:'''
'''Other pages which enrich the functioning of the wiki but aren't strictly required, or can more freely be adapted for local use, include:'''
* The [[:Category:Help|help pages]] and the pages in the [[:Category:OrthodoxWiki|OrthodoxWiki namespace]].
* Other template pages - see [[OrthodoxWiki:Templates]] for a full list.
Appendix B: Localizations in Planning Stage== * [[OrthodoxWiki: Bulgarian| Bulgarian OrthodoxWiki]] ( [[ bulg: