01 August 2007

Help argue for a Bikol Wikipedia

IRVIN Sto. Tomas first wrote about it here, and his second post, almost a plea, moved me to do my part.

The objective: convince the Wikipedia Foundation board of trustees to approve the development of a wiki in the Bikol language.

I urge you to do the same, even if, like Tito Valiente, you seem to have been burned by a past effort. I may not have Tito's elegant prose, or Maryanne's, or Kristian's jagged-edge poetry, but that's how his latest column at Vox Bikol strikes me.

If you are interested, Irvin's last entry has the how-to's.

Just for the record, this is how I justified a Bikol wikipedia:

The City Government of Naga has recently prioritized the standardization of the Bicol-Naga language. Toward this end, it will initiate the establishment of a local institution that will lead the effort. (See Mayor Robredo's Executive-Legislative Agenda for 2007-10 which is available here.) This is just one indication of a renewed, much bigger movement involving many other stakeholders to push the language's development, considering its influence over a substantial segment of the Philippine population as described above. A wikipedia on the language will be a powerful contribution to these efforts, considering that it will bring together Bikolano-speaking contributors that may be dispersed all over the globe but are joined together by the internet through this web-based project.
A fair warning: Notwithstanding its very useful toolbar, Wikipedia's approach to composition is not as advanced as Blogger's, which already has a wysiwyg option, or Wordpress.

But be not afraid: When unsure of what you wrote, simply punch the "Show Preview" button. It's not elegant, but it works as a trial-and-error safety net.

7 comments:

Maryanne Moll said...

I don't know why we should bother. Wikipedia is not even accepted among academics and scholars.

Britannica forever!

(But of course I'm just been snooty. Hehe.)

Filipinayzd said...

Thanks Wil.

janettetoral.com said...
@filipinayzd - taga Bicol ka right? Nasa Ateneo de Naga ako this Saturday. I can meet up with you.


Gusto mong i-meet sya?

mschumey07 said...

It would be nice to have all languages and dialects covered by wikipedia. It would definitely be more credible and comprehensible for all.

Willy B. Prilles, Jr. said...

Maryanne: But the wiki concept, to my mind, rocks:)

Irvin: My sore eyes unfortunately got in the way. Did the meet up at Avenue Square materialize? Any feedback as to her visit?

Schumey: In that ideal setup, the wiki will either be in English or Filipino-Tagalog. Wouldn't help our regional language a bit.:)

Filipinayzd said...

Please post this at Pinoy Blogsphere. Thanks. :)

Long time no hear.

maria adelfa d. cañotal said...

its a big help...especially 4 us, students...

i am currently studying at Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges..

And i am a graduate of CSNHS...in fact, mam Lynn Prilles, ur wife, was my great teacher in Math...she's gud...in fact, i saw u already...

nice thing!!!!!1

kip up d gud works..


adelfa cañotal

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