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Wikipedia Review: A summary on Wikimedian communities in Asia Pacific Region (Part II) 四月 30, 2016

Posted by springrollconan in 維基部, wiki.

Part I cont.)

South Korea
A (South) Korean user group is established in 2014, their representative participated in the Wikimedia Conference for the first time this year. I met with the group’s key figure in Wikimania 2013, but forgot what we’ve talked about. The South Korean representative in WMCON16 said that the group has tried to hold meet-ups, but only a few people join these events. I do not know what’s happening in the Korean Wikipedia.

There was a chapter in Macau, but since the Chinese Wikimedia Conference 2009 was held in Macau, it is disorganised and stagnated, facing threats from the WMF to revoke its recognition regarding the chapter. There was three outstanding Wikipedians from Macau, but among them only one is still there, as well as another Macanese Wikipedian who is interested in ACG and with fewer experiences. The user was the judge of the Campaign (動員令, or directly transliterated as dongyuanling as Addis did), an annual writing contest in the Chinese Wikipedia. Unfortunately there’re also some “playgroundists" (Taiwan is plagued by the same problem), they only do what they want to do without taking responsibility, without considerations of if it’s feasible and if we need it. When something is done against them they may act badly. I consider them as users lacking commitment, thus I think there’ll be no bad consequences even if the regional conference exclude them.

Wikipedians’ population in Malaysia is sparse, and is seen in Chinese and English Wikipedia. In English Wikipedia I often saw users writing good articles about towns in Malaysia. Wikipedia meet-ups is hardly seen in Malaysia, due to internal security laws. Malay Wikipedia is not developed well, sometimes we may jeered at their FA and said that they are poorer than articles appeared on the DYK column in the Chinese Wikipedia (though our mentor has warned us not to do so).

New Zealand
According to Andrew there’re only two proactive Wikipedians in New Zealand.

The Philippines
Both a chapter and a user group is found in the Philippines, the reason of this is the user group is a splinter group – the leader was a member of the chapter but expelled later, then he set up a user group. Both groups have their contributions: What the chapter concerned are the Asian Month, regional co-operation, improvement of Net service and the Wikipedia Zero project. The user group focused on building of Wikipedia communities for regional languages and photo contests. English is one of the main languages in the Philippines, Filipino users in English Wikipedia maintained a noticeboard (Tambayan Philippines) there. The population is forgotten, I seldom saw that they nominate good article candidates about their country.

Singapore share a same situation as Malaysia. Sparse Wikipedian population, hard to organise meet-ups, not to mention a user group and a chapter. In the English Wikipedia there’re less than ten active contributors from S’pore (excl. those came from overseas), who maintain a noticeboard as what’s being done by their Filipino counterparts (but at last I’ve to do what they ‘ld have done). They have the passion to edit and improve articles about their homeland, at best making them good articles. There was a Singaporean editor in the Chinese Wikipedia, he has the virtue of being straightforward to remonstrate, but he left last year for maybe exams or National Service. What a pity. Due to the ISA some fear the trouble to hold a meet-up in S’pore, that’s the reason why Wikipedia meet-ups are not frequently seen; the last one is held last year and I attended, the first one after several seven or eight years. No cops encountered. Minutes is recorded, in this meet-up we proposed a regional strategy of Wikimedia in Southeast Asia, set up a user group and push forward outreach activities of Wikipedia (which is already undergoing.)

There’s a user group in Thailand. A co-sponsor of the Asian Month, it also engaged in Educational Outreach Programme. In Thai Wikipedia a writing contest similar to the Campaign is hold every year, the featured articles there is also but than their Malay counterparts. I don’t know much about it beyond what’s written above.

Neither user groups nor chapter are found in Vietnam, maybe this is due to the political system there. Vietnamese Wikipedia is an active site though – to Chinese Wikipedians we know that they celebrated the achievement for having a million articles with the help of a a bot, they can write articles well, like those on Vietnamese Catholic priests. Once I even saw that a good article written by me long ago is translated into Vietnamese. No regular meet-ups. PS. I met with Asaf, the WMF staff who looked after Global South in Wikimania 2013, he said that Vietnam has its potential, but due to socio-political reasons photographs are the priority. I didn’t follow up this later.

Laos is yet to develop a Wikipedia community, that’s more an economic problem than a political problem. A Lao user advocated for the overthrow of the Lao PDR and the revival of the monarchy signed on the ESEA meet-up page on meta. No censorships should be done there, but I think we should be careful on this as the socialists ruling Laos can just learn from Peking and block Wikipedia at worst. North Koreans, except those with privileges, can only use the intranet system even if they can use a computer, so we can assume that there’re no Wikipedians there. No informations is given for Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Brunei and East Timor.

Due to insufficient data and assistance, this essay is probably messy, it’s happy if mistakes can be pointed out.



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