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What is the Incubator?[edit]

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This wiki, where potential Wikimedia project wikis in new language versions of Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikinews, Wikiquote and Wiktionary can be arranged, written, tested and proven worthy of being hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation.

Although these test wikis do not yet have their own wiki, they can be used for real like any other Wikimedia project wiki.

New language versions of Wikiversity should go to Beta Wikiversity, and those of Wikisource to Old Wikisource.

You cannot start a whole new project, you may only start a new language edition of an existing project.[1]

What is Meta Wiki?[edit]

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The Wikimedia Meta-Wiki, commonly referred to as Meta, is the wiki used to discuss issues which affect all Wikimedia projects, see also: m:Meta:About.

The pages of the Language Committee (see below), namely request pages are located there.[2]

What is the Language Committee?[edit]

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The Language Committee (abbreviated Langcom) is an institution of the Wikimedia Foundation which is charged with observing the proposed language versions of Wikimedia projects. It recommends the creation of new language versions to the Board of Trustees.

What is MediaWiki?[edit]

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MediaWiki is the particular wiki engine developed for and used by Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects. It is freely available for others to use (and improve), and there are many copies in use by all sorts of projects around the world.[2]

What is translatewiki.net?[edit]

translatewiki.net is the place to translate the interface of the MediaWiki software. It is a requirement that the software is translated into a language for which a new language version is requested.

What are Wikimedia projects?[edit]

These are Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikibooks, Wikiquote, Wikinews, Wikisource and Wikiversity. Incubator supports all of them except for Wikisource and Wikiversity, which are hosted at Old Wikisource and Beta Wikiversity, respectively. There is also Wikispecies, which is multilingual.

What is Wikipedia?[edit]

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Wikipedia is a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project. Its 20 million articles (over 3.81 million in English) have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world. Almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site, and it has about 100,000 regularly active contributors. As of July 2011, there were editions of Wikipedia in 282 languages. Wikipedia was launched in January 2001.[3]

What is Wiktionary?[edit]

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A sister project of Wikipedia, Wiktionary (from the words wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, web-based project to create a free content dictionary. Because Wiktionary is not limited by print space considerations, most of Wiktionary's language editions provide definitions and translations of words from many languages, and some editions offer additional information typically found in thesauri and lexicons. It was founded in 2002.[4] There are 171 different language editions.[5]

What is Wikibooks?[edit]

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Wikibooks is another project of Wikimedia Foundation, initiated in 2003. The project is a collection of free textbooks and manuals. You can edit any book module right now by clicking on the edit this page link that appears in every Wikibooks module. The project was opened in order to have a place to start building open content textbooks in order to bring education to humanity and reduce the costs and other limitations to top-quality learning materials. It currently has 121 editions in different languages.[6]

What is Wikiquote?[edit]

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Wikiquote is a project is to produce collaboratively a vast reference of quotations from prominent people, books, films and proverbs, and to give details about them with appropriate attribution. Though there are many online collections of quotations, Wikiquote is distinguished by being among the few that provide an opportunity for visitors to contribute. Wikiquote pages are cross-linked to articles about the notable personalities on Wikipedia.[7] It has 88 editions in different languages.[8]

What is Wikinews?[edit]

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(to be added)

What is Wikisource?[edit]

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(to be added)

What is Wikiversity?[edit]

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(to be added)

What is Wikispecies?[edit]

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(to be added)

What is the Wikimedia Foundation?[edit]

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The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization which funds and manages these projects.[9] Its management body is the Board of Trustees.


to be added:

  • What is a "language version"?
  • The approval process
  1. from our Main Page
  2. 2.0 2.1 Source: mw:Wikipmediawiki
  3. Source: en.wikipedia's article "Wikipedia"
  4. Source: en.wikipedia's article "Wiktionary"
  5. Source: meta.wikimedia's article "Wiktionary"
  6. Source: meta.wikimedia's article "Wikibooks"
  7. Source: en.wikipedia's article "Wikiquote"
  8. Source: meta.wikimedia's article "Wikiquote"
  9. Source: mw:Wikipmediawiki