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Internationalization again and a question on donations

I wanted to ask the community a kind of broad question about our direction when it comes to internationalization and languages offered here. Right now, we've prioritized Chinese, Czech, German, English, French, Polish, Russian, and Spanish as languages for the interface at Wikilivres:Localization. I'm trying to finish that up soon, so that the site is really multilingual (Spanish is almost done). Do we want to include other languages as well? I'm not good at Portuguese but probably good enough to do this interface translation. Do we have any roadmap for inclusion of other languages? We have some material in several other languages (Albanian, Dutch, Esperanto, Georgian, Hebrew, Neapolitan, and Turkish); do we want to internationalize to those as well? I see that we also have a stray reference to Interlingua, too... (Edit: it only exists for this redlink: Antoine_de_Saint-Exupéry#Interlingua_translations.)

As a secondary concern, right now Wikilivres:Site_support is fairly useless as the PayPal donation link is marked out by HTML comments. Evidently, that link is no longer valid. Is there an account that I can link to for donations? Is there a place where I can give $20 to support the site? If not, there's no point in even having it in the sidebar. —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 09:16, 10 June 2015 (PDT)

Hi. I'm really not sure if we should internationalize so much. Languages like Albanianor Georgian are here because the articles were copyvio on Oldwikisource, I'm not quite happy I posted them here as there is nobody to take care. And, I would expect, that visitors could know such words like work, author, licence etc. in English. Secondly: I don't see either the necessity of localisation of such words like Elegies, Fables, Ballads, Epitaphs, Limericks, Laments, Odes... etc., as it is quite subjective to categorize it like this, normally poetry, poems etc. is enough. And, the tranlations of words like limerics can be quite different in some languages as well. That's why I am rather pessimistic on this point. Cheers, -jkb- 12:58, 10 June 2015 (PDT)
Names I agree that the genres of poem and song seem unnecessary. If others feel they should be deleted, that can easily be done. —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 13:06, 10 June 2015 (PDT)
Ey, I do not vote for the deletion, it's just my private opinion. Let us see what other ones say :-) -jkb- 13:52, 10 June 2015 (PDT)
I'm opposite to deletion; I use them for Polish section. And not only for Polish, e.g. for translations. Electron   07:24, 11 June 2015 (PDT)
Deletion Sure: let's just table deletion. What about the other things I wrote? —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 07:26, 11 June 2015 (PDT)
About other languages: why not? If you have time and the will - maybe it would be helpful for somebody. I speak Polish, English, Russian (and a little Belarusian) - so I translate these first 2 sections from time to time (if I have free time).
The donation - I have no my own opinion, I am not the owner of this site. I think that Eclecticology should decide. Electron   07:40, 11 June 2015 (PDT)

These are important questions, and some recent health difficulties highlight that I should pay greater attention to the funding.

  1. My costs in the current year for the operation of the site have been C$516.47 for hosting, payable in March, and C$11.50 for the domain name. I am also paying the domain fees for the .org and .net names, but I am only sitting on them. On the occasion of the last renewal I increased RAM by 1Gb; this added C$50.40 to the cause. Thus far, I see no need to increase the site's capacity at the next renewal. It would be prudent for me to open a Paypal account in the name of Wikilivres, and I will look into that possibility. I am not soliciting donations at this time, but will appreciate any that are made. If by some chance those donations exceed annual costs I would need to explore possible improvements. Please advise me if those donations should be publicly recognized. Unless the annual budget exceeds C$1,000 (perhaps more) I don't think it would be worthwhile to pursue the extra paperwork that comes with incorporation, formal non-profitability or tax deductibility.
  2. I don't think that some of the categories for sub-categories of literature are particularly useful, but then I might react more favorably to "obituaries", "biographies" or "reviews". I don't support a scorched earth approach to removing these categories, but I prefer that a common sense approach to their usefulness be kept in mind.
  3. On language internationalization it is important that we be aware of our capacity to curate these language. The unfortunate thing about the Georgian language pages is that there is no-one here to care for them. Copyright violation at Wikisource alone should not be a default reason for adding pages here. Similarly we have a number of image pages that were transferred from Commons for the same reason. Curating image files is a particular problem for those of us who arrived here from a Wikisource type project.
  4. I see that the links for non-commercial pages have been removed. In principle, I agree with this. Still I think it's premature. For now moving these to a "Deprecated links" heading would have been better. That would make it easier to trace pages that use the template. They could still be deleted once the referenced material is gone. Eclecticology 14:38, 19 June 2015 (PDT)
Donations I actually wanted to give you a little money (I'm from the United States). If you want to undelete something from Wikilivres:Internationalization, then I certainly won't object. I agree that curating material in relatively obscure languages is a problem but I'm not sure how to resolve it. Have you or Yann ever made an effort to reach out to the Georgian-reading WMF community? As an aside, I have tried to use AutoWikiBrowser here and it could not connect. Do you know anything about this? —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 14:50, 19 June 2015 (PDT)

Works on Wikisource/Commons

Reproduction Should we host works here that are on Wikisource as well? Or files that are available on Commons? Wikilivres:About reads, "You are welcome to publish texts here if they cannot be accepted in Wikisource. Most texts that can be accepted in Wikisource should be published there." (with two exceptions to this general rule). Does that mean that we shouldn't have duplication between the two projects? Is it a problem to have texts at both? The issue that I have in mind is authors such as George Orwell or E. E. Cummings who have some works in the Canadian public domain but not in the American, so readers trying to find their works will have to go between both sites. Thoughts? —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 20:11, 21 June 2015 (PDT)

Better not have duplication unless there is an unusual need.--Jusjih 18:14, 17 July 2015 (PDT)

Something is wrong with this wiki

From some time something is wrong with this wiki: pages are loaded long time, internationalisation and some addictional funtions dont't work... Seem like the wiki works only in it standard version. Electron   04:19, 12 September 2015 (PDT)

Examples Do you have links or diffs or screenshots? I haven't noticed this problem but I'm willing to believe it's true. —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 07:14, 12 September 2015 (PDT)
Example: Localization doesn't work - e.g. these templates should in Polish version because I use Polish interface.
For example:
  • I can't see the tranlations into Polish of words, phrases, and templates -> see the picture I uploaded.
  • I see only default functions and orders, but they were changded by putting new descriptions into MediaWiki space, e.g. if I want to delete a page I don't see what was put there -> MediaWiki:Filedelete-reason-dropdown, but I see only 2 default reasons:"Copyrigt violation" and "Duplication files". When I uploaded the screen I coundn't see additional licenses that was added by edited MediaWiki space - I saw only one default license: "none". And so on, and so on...
So, I see this wiki in its default state. It seems, that it doesn't use new feature that were added in MediaWiki space. Electron   16:36, 12 September 2015 (PDT)
OK, now it works fine. Electron   13:49, 14 October 2015 (PDT)

Recent outage

Input requested I went to edit here a few times over the past three or four days and the site was down. What can I do to alert the correct person and how can I help make sure that it's active 99.99% of the time? —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 20:37, 13 October 2015 (PDT)

The site was down for me too. --Zephyrus 03:43, 14 October 2015 (PDT)
This site was very slow for me for most of September and I couldn't access it at all for the previous ten days. I was planning to write articles for Literature Wikia about "A Warning to the Curious" and "A View From a Hill" last week and to link to their texts here. I had to put those plans on hold. Simon Peter Hughes 05:34, 14 October 2015 (PDT)

"Missing texvc executable"

This error is appear during the editing formulas. Please install TeX or fix it. --Maxim Pe 08:12, 28 October 2015 (PDT)

InstantCommons broken?

Please investigate It appears that this MediaWiki extension may be broken. I know that it was not working temporarily on Wikitravel but that was fixed. Pages using files from Commons are displaying redlinks--e.g. User:Simon Peter Hughes. —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 15:36, 10 November 2015 (PST)

It was the same on Wikitravel, eh? For what it's worth, I know that Wikimedia Commons images weren't displaying on RationalWiki for several days last week. The problem seems to be fixed there now. I can only echo Koavf's words. Please investigate. I won't be inclined to do any more editing here until the pictures are back. Simon Peter Hughes 04:23, 11 November 2015 (PST)
MediaWiki is the culprit We need to update it: the current version is outdated. —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 06:35, 11 November 2015 (PST)
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