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Localization and Inter-wiki relations (DRAFT IN PROGRESS)
Comments are welcomed
Localization refers to the process of porting the OrthodoxWiki project into languages other than English (its original tongue).
We recognize two separate arrangements. 1. Affiliates, and 2. Colleagues.
An "affiliate" relationship is appropriate when a canonically Orthodox group of persons sharing OrthodoxWiki's vision desires to expand OrthodoxWiki's project into other languages. We are very happy when to have other Orthodox-based wikis formally join OrthodoxWiki as full affiliates.
An affiliate relationship begins when one or more people volunteers to devote substantial efforts to creating and maintaining a localized OrthodoxWiki in a language that doesn't already have one. All contacts should go through Fr. John.
If approved, one or more people in the affiliate group will be given sysop status and added to the OrthodoxWiki sysop mailing list.
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 copyright policy (for legal reasons) and OrthodoxWiki's principle of neutrality. They will also be responsible 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.
Inactive or unmaintained localizations may be cancelled. In this case, content will be archived.
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. Links to all the localized OrthodoxWikis should be prominently featured on the homepage of every discrete/localized OrthodoxWiki site.
Hosting and Domains
We will provide a localized subdomain (such as ru.orthodoxwiki.org, gr.orthodoxwiki.org, bu.orthodoxwiki.org, etc.). Hosting and technical management of the MediaWiki software is provided free of charge by OrthodoxWiki, in association with Orthodox Internet Services.
For practical reasons, it is important that localized OrthodoxWikis maintain the same copyright/licensing arrangement as the English-language 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.
Appedix A: OrthodoxWiki Core Documents
This is a list of OrthodoxWiki core Documents which must be translated (in abbreviated form, if necessary) and maintained consistently across localizations. The English-language text will remain the "canonical" text.
Core pages include:
- OrthodoxWiki:About - we need to work on a revision of this in English too!
- At least these OrthodoxWiki policy pages:
Core templates include:
- The more generic General Templates, especially:
- All of the Copyright Templates required for the material used on the affiliate site, especially:
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 help pages and the pages in the OrthodoxWiki namespace.
- Other template pages - see OrthodoxWiki:Templates for a full list.
Appendix B: Active Localizations
- Bulgarian OrthodoxWiki (http://bg.orthodoxwiki.org) - Contact User:Constantine to help or for more information. (This is considered fully launched and mature.)
- Romanian-language OrthodoxWiki (http://ro.orthodoxwiki.org) - Contact User:Inistea to help or for more information. (This is considered fully launched and mature.)
- For discussion about an Arabic-language OrthodoxWiki (Alpha stage: http://ar.orthodoxwiki.org), go to OrthodoxWiki:Localization/Arabic. Also see here.
- Russian-language OrthodoxWiki (Alpha stage: http://ru.orthodoxwiki.org) - go to OrthodoxWiki:Localization/Russian.
- Greek-language OrthodoxWiki - el:Αρχική_σελίδα
Appendix C: Localizations in Planning Stage
- Dutch-language OrthodoxWiki (nl.orthodoxwiki.org) - Contact User_talk:Stephan to help or for more information.
- Castilian and Portugese - Contact User:Theofilactos (also see here). Spanish: User:Alstradiaan.