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Untitled[change source]

Nice, but the template was already reverted and the photo was still on the main page! I edited it, added some HTML comment and saved back - now the photo is gone. WTF? --62.233.196.88 12:24, 28 July 2005 (UTC)

I'm a bit ashamed of this ...[change source]

This Simple English for language learners ... I mean, why not to do it properly? Nobody wants to use this sort of crap (sorry for the profanity) as a learning tool. It seems that the contributors and regular writers undermine and underestimate the readers. It's like considering them retarded. I am not a native English speaker, quite far from it actually. My British friend who moved to my home country (which is irrelevant, but I might say it because my language is considered the 2nd hardest after Japanese (subjective)) for sure wouldn't enjoy a similar Simple Finnish wikipedia ... Damn! This idea is great! Let's have a Simple version for every language in the wikipedia project! Simple Navajo, Simple Swedish, Simple Russian, Simple Whatever!

Whose idea was this Simple Wikipedia in the first place? This is embarrassing! I hope the discussion would encompass to discuss the future direction and the whole future of this part of wikipedia. I wish this to be put under reconsideration.

Addon: I might bring something useful to this mess, as I am here anyways. In the mainpage you say "Biggest Wikipedias", well, as a foreigner I would see it much more logical if it would say "Largest". Considering our brainless readers know the word "Large" and prefer it before "Big". Biggest? What the heck.

Presumably most of the Simple English writers are native Englishmen and women, who have no idea of teaching languages anyways. Put somebody doing better guidelines and put someone in charge!

--80.221.68.205 22:43, 18 January 2006 (UTC)

I don't think there will be any other simple XXX ikipedia since simple english is invented language, not part of english itself. Let's see, is there any simple Japanese(if you say it's hard)? Or simple Indonesian (my native language) that a very simple language.202.69.101.170 09:09, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Just in passing, YLE do have a news broadcast in what they call "Special Finnish". Deutsche Welle do the same thing for German. It's not at all unheard of. 80.229.170.237 10:29, 16 May 2006 (UTC)

I only recently found Simple English Wikipedia and I for one am very impressed by it. Wikipedia is all about taking knowledge and making it accessible to as many people as possible. Language can be a barrier to that and Wikipedia has been committed to breaking that barrier since the creation of the very first non-English wiki. Simple English is the logical extension of its 229 sisters and works toward the exact same end. That Wikipedia tries to effectively serve even those with learning difficulties, weak backgrounds in the language, or who just find traditional Wikipedia plain old confusing should not be a cause for embarrassment but a mark of pride; Wikipedia continues to distinguish itself from other intellectual endeavors in terms of accessibility. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:TonyJoe

Front page introduction...[change source]

The introduction to this part of wikipedia makes little sense

'Keep it simple - then pages will be easier to read by people who do not speak English well. Write good pages - The best encyclopedia pages are full of detail and information on the subject. '

Simple and detailed are opposites of each other, which is it?

Also what is the goal of this wikipedia exactly? On here there are arguments about whether its for children or for foreigners, the children one is discredited with a wikijunior thing whilst for the foreigners- can't they go read their language's wikipedia?

That won't help them learn English. --67.172.99.160 18:07, 20 August 2005 (UTC)
I'm guessing you've never needed to speak a foreign language before. It can be quite difficult. I think that the simple English pages are here to allow many people who speak only a little English to contribute to a shared encyclopedia. It is not here to teach people to speak English.
Also, I think the person who made the first comment in this section is choosing not to think. "Keep it simple" means the language must be simple. "Full of detail" means that the articles should have a lot of information. A great deal of information can be written in very simple language.--69.143.244.79 03:09, 26 August 2005 (UTC)
I am a native Russian speaker and your "Simple English" does not seem any bit easier for me. I cant even see the difference. And whats the purpose of these stupid comments on the main page for such international words as biology, geography, architecture and so on? These words are understandable for anybody. I think if a person can understand this wikipedia, he of course will understand the conventional English one. The most difficulty in learning English is not international words, but English-specific ones and grammar. --213.141.159.52 06:39, 9 December 2005 (UTC)

Oh and also the site is a bit broke, there is a message saying I have new messages when I obviously haven't due to not being logged in as anything.

Indeed a very (nearly too) simple English.

--[[User:|User:]] 17:24, 13 Jan 2005 (UTC) (Josquius on english wikipedia)

Indeed, not even an IP address! Good trick if you can make it work elsewhere. Dbenbenn 07:11, 16 Jan 2005 (UTC)
I have read through some of these articles, and I'm rather disgusted at the wording. I've changed a few, but I'm on the Recent Changes patrol at another wiki, so I don't have much time to spend here. There should be a WikiProject for rewording of these articles. - Kookykman (en)|(talk) 01:34, 26 October 2005 (UTC)

List of allowed simple words?[change source]

Q) Is there a list of words that should be used here? Stuff is very difficult to find here. Plus it's very difficult to find a place to ask such a question...

A) While I don't know about a prescribed list, there are a number of useful lists. One that is widely known and used in English language teaching is Michael West's General Service List of about 2000 words. There are existing tools, such as Tom Cobb's Compleat Lexical Tutor <http://www.lextutor.ca/vp/eng/>, which will identify these words if you to paste a text in. Other's include the Oxford 3000, which can be downloaded from <http://www.oup.com/elt/catalogue/teachersites/oald7/oxford_3000/oxford_3000_list?cc=gb>.

Stuff is very difficult to find here? Ah ah ah!!![change source]

hi anonym, you find that stuff is very difficult to find here? it's false: stuff is very difficult to find in all the world! it is so... and if you will help to make stuff more accessible, then come the trolls and say "you don't have to give here indications how to find ressources about basic english. it is only possible to name the source and give her ISBN numero! not more..."

anonym, old books have no ISBN numero. it is so. only a few number of reprints make in far east (for basic english). the most have today no ISBN numero... a completely idiot situation: you know, you will transmit but wikipedia's trolls say NO and erase your work or "revert the page" so that you will never find your work again and your page is as erased.

but to your question:

i find there are to much "simple English" versions. in this case, it would be better to use directly pidjin English...

if this division of wikipedia has to have a reason, it is necessary to decide a standard and in my opinion it can be only Basic English or VOA-English. both are historical standards. the rest is only "better pidjin English". for different reasons ("British American ...") would be VOA-English to American for me. I would say only Basic English can be right!

on the Basic English site you can find the original list of the 850 words of Basic English (see please http://ogden.basic-english.org/words.html ). in special pages (for ex. about "bible" or religions, "sciences" etc.), it is possible to use the extensions you will find on the Basic English site at http://ogden.basic-english.org/intlword.html .

if you do so, the reader experimented in basic english will never need to open his "The General Basic English Dictionary" to understand you!

Yep, it's difficult to find. Yeah yeah yeah[change source]

Hi anonymous2, this is the guy from the question "List of allowed simple words?" again. I guess it speaks for itself that you make fun of me staying anonymous while not giving your name away... my name is Mark, by the way :-) So, is this "Ogden Basic English list" the official list of allowed terms? If so, wouldn't it be much better if they appeared on the site? Btw: while I appreciate your fast (if yet a bit aggressive) answering, you still haven't answered my other problems, where one can go to find this information normally and where one can go to discuss navigational/feature-finding issues inside wikipedia. --Mark

nn.wiki[change source]

Hello! Can you move Norsk (nynorsk) wikipedia from the "just started" to the "active" group? --KRISTAGAα-ω 07.34, 2 apr 2005 (UTC)

Sorry about taking so long but it's done. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 20:09, 29 November 2005 (UTC)

Why have you unprotected the Mainpage?[change source]

What were you thinking when you decided to unprotect the main page? It wasn't a good idea because I just found this sexually offensive edit to the main page from 11 December 2004. The edit went:

Removed (strong language and sexual references would cause Internet content filters to be activated) - if you wish to see the edit, look at the history of the Main Page. - Marknew

I laughed at it, but I shouldn't really because it's not cool to make stupid edits, or for that matter, let people make these edits. You're just opening yourselves up to vandalism by unprotecting your main page. That example of vandalism could have been why your page was protected in the first place, and you, probably not having even gone to school, decide to unprotect it? Scott Gall 11:15, 22 Apr 2005 (UTC)

What made you unprotect the main page anyway? It's usually protected for a reason. I agree with the fact that protected pages might be - or actually are - considered harmful, but if it's the main page, it should be protected if you've had enough of the vandalism. And did you hold a vote before deciding to encourage vandalism in this way? Scott Gall 03:14, 24 Apr 2005 (UTC)
See User_talk:Angela#Main Page - Marknew 17:03, 24 Apr 2005 (UTC)
You only got Angela Beesley involved? There should have been a vote before unprotecting the page! If I were you, the first thing I'd do before unprotecting the main page would be to hold a vote. Scott Gall 09:01, 26 Apr 2005 (UTC)
I didn't get anyone involved - ask whoever it was who posted the message to Angela's talk page. Marknew 16:31, 27 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Should the Main Page be protected again? Pro: 4 Con: 0[change source]

Yes[change source]

  1. HELL YEAH!! Scott Gall 11:15, 22 Apr 2005 (UTC)
      • User has only edited one article.
  1. MUST!!! just like other lang. Simon Shek 17:04, 21 May 2005 (UTC)
      • User has only edited one article.
      • Most other languages don't have a protected main page. Angela
  1. Yes. Of course this is based on the ACTUAL amount of vandalism that has hit the Main Page. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 08:02, 25 May 2005 (UTC)
  2. The mainpage is the first thing visitors see. It mustn't be attact by vandalism. So: Protect it! --Alpha 13:35, 5 Jun 2005 (UTC)
      • If it's the first thing people see, shouldn't they see that the site is editable? You are giving a false impression of a wiki if the first page is locked down. Angela

No[change source]

  1. Angela
  2. 84.179.228.154 20:39, 9 December 2005 (UTC) (registered in another language)

Comments[change source]

Other languages[change source]

Most of the front page is again lists of links to WikiPedia in other languages. I have already suggested putting these under a single link on a new page but if not must we have the list repated above AND below the main text AS WELL AS taking up half the main page itself? --BozMo|talk 15:25, 6 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Which skin are you using? In the default monobook, the languages don't take up much room since they only appear at the very end of the page and in the sidebar. Angela 17:49, 11 Jun 2005 (UTC)
I haven't ever changed the default skin (and don't know how to). However, today they don't take up much room, and are only there once whereas two weeks ago I could hardly see anything else. --82.152.196.231 17:27, 20 Jun 2005 (UTC)

The guiding ideas are logically fallacious, please change them.[change source]

Keep it simple - then pages will be easier to read by people who do not speak English well.

  1. "keep it simple" is a slang term. How is slang easier to read by people who do not speak english well?
  2. How does one's speaking of English affect their ability to read English?

It is a statement about keeping things easy to understand, and that statement is in and of itself difficult to understand, making a slang reference and a logically fallacious assertion--that those who cannot understand wikipedia cannot do so because they do not speak English.

Here is a better suggestion: "Use simple words to make pages easier to understand for visitors who do not read English well." You can even replace "understand" with "read" if you like, but I am averse to using the same verb twice in a sentence.

I'm looking forward to adding contributions to this simple-english wikipedia as I have with other wikipedias. Jared81 04:12, 7 Jun 2005 (UTC)

"Keep it simple" is a slang term? How so?

Hahaha, "logically fallacious" is not simple English. 203.122.209.27 13:27, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Why is there Simple English Wikipedia?[change source]

Why do we have simple English Wikipedia, anyhow? It's not like you can't look up words that you don't know. Heck, Wikimedia even prvides the dictionary. :P

Well the reason is some people don't know English as well as they or can't read very well, but I think this is kinda fun!-Hailey!

I'm curious if the original poster has tried learning a language by looking up word after word. It's tedious to say the least. IMO a SE Wikipedia article should introduce new vocabulary -- but a few words at a time, not all at once. -- PhilipR 21:14, 14 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Well it's not impossible to do, I edit and work on the french Wikipédia, with few problems, and I've also made small changes to the other multilanguage versions of Wikipedia without knowing them well at all. I just personnally think that the time editors use working on this Wikipedia could be better spent on their own languages Wikipedia. And Wiktionary is great by itself for learning a new language, just press random page, and a new word to learn appears. -Original poster dude.

Suggested rewording of Welcome[change source]

The welcome message says, in part:

Here at this place, we only use very simple English words and simple writing structures.

I suggest the following instead:

In this Wikipedia we only use simple English words in simple sentences.

The Main Page is currently protected, so I can't make the change myself. - dcljr 06:49, 18 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Edit the template Template:Introduction - changes to this will show up on the main page. -- Marknew 11:01, 19 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Please try to keep language very simple on the Main Page... "sentences" isn't in the BE 850, but "write" and "structure" are. -- Netoholic @ 05:12, 20 Jun 2005 (UTC)

the simple definition of "structure" is "Solid shape" not of writing.

P.S. the sentence on there now makes no sense to me a native speaker.

Simple English article[change source]

The main thing i wanted to find out was 'what the hell is simple english'. Is it some kind of simplified english or just english using only basic words. Anyway, i went to the article Simple. And guess what - i found nothing. You should write an article about yourself at first if you want to write about the world. ;)

I could have written it, but since i don't know much about it..

And IMHO this project is a waste of time. You could write a more useful wikipedia, I guess. However, it's your right to choose.


Oh, well, skip that. :)

About Construction or Organization of Categories[change source]

Hello, and I found here that a way of categorizing articles is a bit strange, compared to normal English Wikipedia site. For example, Category:Everyday life does NOT make sense to me. And Category:Entertainment includes Art or Music, moreover Art or Music did not appear in upper category, which makes new visitor confuse. I ammended some parts already.

Thus, I think we had better check a way or names of Categories to which each article should belongs. Green 10:24, 18 July 2005 (UTC)

Target audience[change source]

Adults with learning difficulties read these pages. They are not stupid. They are not children. Many of them want to learn. It is not easy. Most information is either very difficult or written for children.

When I lived in Holland I tried learning the Dutch language. The only books I could understand were books for children. It made me feel like a child. I was not a child.

The Simple English Wikipedia is important. Please help to make it even better. A useful list of words is on the BE 1500 page. Articles written using simple sentences are hard for clever people to read. That is why clever people use big words. Not everyone is clever. --Davidc 10:49, 20 July 2005 (UTC)

You make the selection, David. You put them in your drawers.
Learn what? These pages, in deed, keep people simple. Personally, I think, this project is ugly. Authors should not waste their time to contribute to a densification-program like this. And the folks who search for information, that they do not currently have, shall be confronted with the whole information, not your filtered and smoothed version. This is unneeded and dangerous. If the other Wikipedias use unintelligible language, that is their fault, and the community shall correct it, not soften it.
Densification is doubleplusgood.

Ewwwwww![change source]

Somebody vandalized the page and put a nasty picture and message on the front page, somebody needs to take it off! Hailey C. Shannon

Please ban Roberto for vandalizing the Main Page, via Template:Wikitopics. – Minh Nguyễn (talk, blog) 02:53, 21 July 2005 (UTC)

I added links to the top of this page, in case vandalism happens in the future and an admin isn't immediately around. -- Netoholic @ 06:22, 21 July 2005 (UTC)

The template in question needs serious attention. I warned an IP user about repeating this summer's profane mess. I am asking you admins to give me administrative powers so that I can save it for good.
And please get rid of this image for good--and (I mean it) forever! --Slgrandson 01:06, 17 November 2005 (UTC)

In regards to the image, the image is from Wikipedia Commons so it can't be deleted completely. If you want to have the page protected, make a request here. In regards to simply giving you admin power, you need to ask for it and be voted here. Please do not bother people asking for them to give you emergency powers. That's not going to happen. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 06:37, 17 November 2005 (UTC)
On second thought, I'm going to protect the page myself. Any desired changes will have be requested on the talk page. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 07:07, 17 November 2005 (UTC)

WTF?[change source]

I don't want to see a giant penis picture on the main page! It's disgusting! Please banninate the responsible admin. --84.162.19.31 19:47, 21 July 2005 (UTC)

Roberto did it, not an admin. And that account has been banned, though it's still possible for that person to vandalize... – Minh Nguyễn (talk, blog) 02:54, 22 July 2005 (UTC)

They've done it again! I can't change it back!- Hailey C. Shannon

Archaeology definition[change source]

archaeology could be called the study of the history of civilization,but more directly and accurately is the study of human objects (artifacts) from the past,

the present definition does seem valid, as civilization does necessarily involve artifacts, but the "study of civilization" is really the last step of archaeology,

spettro9 2005/07/24

Who are you calling stupid?[change source]

What is with this "articles for stupid people" bit, which links to the article for You? This got protected and it needs to be fixed! - KeithTyler 22:27, 5 August 2005 (UTC)

Horrible grammar[change source]

Simple english should be that. Simple ENGLISH. Not a butchered form of horrible grammar and extremely poor choice of words.

Keep Simple English[change source]

I support the creation and development of Simple English Wikipedia for the same reason cited above by Davidc. When one is beginning to learn a new language, one of the best ways to study is to read, read, read. Reading becomes much more effective and much less frustrating if one can find help on the way to fluency, such as books, magazines, and articles written for those who are new to the language or those who have difficulties with the language. Children's materials simply do not do the job for an adult who needs to learn to understand adult-level ideas in a foreign language.

Keep in mind that even in countries where the primary language spoken is English, many government agencies and bureaus must provide materials, pamphlets, public health information, etc. in English written at a third-grade level; that is, so that a person with only an elementary education can understand it. This is because very, very many people who speak English, even as a first language, are functionally illiterate or have difficulty understanding material written on a high school level or a college level.

This does not mean that the material should be directed at a child audience, because the primary audience IS made up of adults who may well be capable of grasping adult-level ideas, even if some of those adults have learning difficulties. Rather, it means only that we should make the conveyance of those ideas -- the language -- as simple and straightforward as possible without sacrificing critical content.

The main problem that I find here is, indeed, the poor English or 'baby talk' found in several articles and even on the main page. Such language is unsuitable even for children, and Simple English Wikipedia should have an adult audience.

I want to suggest that the main page of English Wikipedia should contain a prominent link to the Simple English Wikipedia, and vice versa. I did not know that Simple English Wikipedia even existed until a Google search turned it up, deep in later pages of the results.

Also, I think the most common spelling is 'archaeology,' not 'archeology,' although both are technically correct.

Some cool thoughts. I also suggest, that if the front page maintains the use of the British English "maths" instead of "math" (a moderately ugly Americanism, in my opinion), then it should retain the use of the British English "archaeology" instead of "archeology". Any more? Bobo192 03:34, 20 September 2005 (UTC)

Hard[change source]

It's very hard to write in simple english, but I'm doing it because its for a good cause. If I don't write simple enough in articles, then tell me, and I'll be even more simple to help those who need a simple english encyclopedia, since nowhere else would give someone that. Private Butcher 05:36, 22 October 2005 (UTC)

I agree. Simple english is hard. It's very hard when mixing npov and avoiding baby talk. Despite that, these pages should look like an intelligent wikipedia articles but in simplified and easy to read language. Should also avoid insulting children's book type reading. People should be careful not to mistakenly make things condescending, since there's no use for that. 65.6.109.43 00:13, 29 December 2005 (UTC)
Writing in simple english is way harder than I expected. It's incredibly difficult to talk about complicated concepts using only the BE 850 and the BE 1500, especially without a Basic English thesaurus. Also, the grammar is difficult to fit sentences into. I'm trying to learn, hopefully this project is not a waste of time and somebody will find it useful. -Fadookie 11:28, 17 April 2006 (UTC)

fixating a nuisance[change source]

If bad English, -and that includes lack of eloquence-, is a nuisance, then you are doing your utmost here to keep it that way for any of your visitors, right? I am no native English-speaker and I am not even good enough to contribute to the English Wikipedia on a regular basis, but this thing I will avoid and certainly never recommend to anybody "wishing to learn the English language". Folks, learning means confrontation with the new and unknown, taking a chance to cope with difficulties and the like... What you offer is especially not any good service in the first place. Sorry, you do yours, I'll keep mine. Bye.--212.204.66.66 18:03, 23 October 2005 (UTC)

something not right[change source]

The minute i saw that this wikipedia exists I was very happy. but after a short period of time I reliazed that ther's nothing to be happy about- the articels are very low level- and I'm not speaking abaut their English...--84.110.19.144 21:01, 27 October 2005 (UTC)

It is the way they want us to think. Maybe.
Will you remove your dupes, BTW?

...FEATURED ARTICLE![change source]

Yes- it would be nice to have a featured article on the front page.--Kungfuadam 17:00, 29 November 2005 (UTC)

Domain change?[change source]

I think that this domain would be better off at [sim.wikipedia.org] than [simple.wikipedia.org]. It would be shortera and easier to use. - Kookykman

looks like simple.org is still available. Would that not fit best

sim.wikipedia.org should be reserved for the Mende language from Papua New Guinea, see here Dinsdagskind 13:13, 22 January 2006 (UTC)

What the purpose?[change source]

I am a native Russian speaker and your "Simple English" does not seem any bit easier for me. I even cant get the difference. And what the purpose of these stupid comments on the main page for such international words as biology, geography, architecture and so on? These words are understandable for anybody. I think if a person can understand this wikipedia, he of course will understand the conventional English one. Most difficulty in learning English is not international words, but English-specific ones and grammar. For example, understanding the word people is more difficult than anthropology. If you learn Russian, what would be more easy for you - antropologia or nauka o ludiakh? --213.141.159.52 06:51, 9 December 2005 (UTC)

I agree. I would recommend staying with the original english WIKIPEDIA. Greetings from germany, 84.179.228.154 20:43, 9 December 2005 (UTC) Shut this project down!
Do not waste a minute of your time, here. If you want to look up things, that you need to know, better go for the normal English Wikipedia. Of how much use is it to gain partial knowledge and not the means to really express your thoughts afterwards? --212.204.66.66 06:50, 12 December 2005 (UTC)
I think Simple English is beneficial. Not everyone who speaks English as a second language is European. A Chinese person would not find "anthropology" easier than "people." They would more likely have learned "people" first. People also speak English at different levels - perhaps our commentators above are more advanced. Furthermore, children can also benefit from simple English. 24.64.223.203 09:00, 28 December 2005 (UTC)
I agree with the above comment. If this wikipedia is too easy or basic for you, go to the regular English wikipedia. This helps out children and people who are learning English from the most basic level. Nobody is forcing you to voluntarily read here. --Eeee 04:10, 7 January 2006 (UTC)
So, now it IS for children (again)? Better stick to one target audience, from now on.
It had been said, that this here should help people, who learn the English language. Fact. And wrong. As this won't. You keep people on the basic level, if you do not demand an effort for perfection. For a learner, this thing is useless. Nobody is forcing me to ... let me become surrounded by dumbness? I would object, right now, as you do.--212.204.66.66 00:10, 9 January 2006 (UTC)

Question about the length of articles[change source]

I have been looking through the articles and noticed that they are all very short. Even the George W Bush article is less than a page. I have added a section on Iraq, but I am still curious. Is it the intent of the Simple Wikipedia to keep articles short and only cover the broadest of ideas? Or should we be working to make the pages on Simple equivalent to that of the English Wikipedia while rephrasing every single sentence without grammatic complexity and obscure words that might confuse someone trying to learn english? --Jimbo Wales 05:47, 18 December 2005 (UTC)

By the way, I think this is a really neat idea. I wish we had a basicó biblioteca de español. Perdon mi mal español.--Jimbo Wales 05:47, 18 December 2005 (UTC)

My good faith edits have been met by banning the account of Jimbo Wales. Netoholic has refused to my repeted requests. Could I get some arbitration here?--Jimmy Wales 00:25, 20 December 2005 (UTC)

  • If you are the true Jimbo Wales, it should not be hard for you to fix this. If you aren't, you can't use the name Jimbo Wales. It should be clear why. --Fastfission 03:43, 8 January 2006 (UTC)
  • If you're still having trouble understanding, bullet point one here is the specific objection to your choice of username. (FWIW, I strongly advise against using full, real names, due to increased risk of ID theft.) Freshstart 06:17, 8 January 2006 (UTC)

Question about spelling[change source]

Why do you default to the American spelling for words where there are two versions? If you want to continue to do this I suggest you rename the wiki to the 'American English' wiki. I have even found 'British English' on one of your pages! Are you suggesting that because there are variations on Spanish, the Spanish language should be redundantly tagged as 'Spanish Spanish'? This site as it stands will help people learn American English, not English. So do one or the other, be consitent, andmost importantly, be consitent with your stated aims. Either you want people to learn English, or American English. Sure, put alternate spellings of either English or American English, but if you want English spellings to be the alternative, then you really should rename this wiki to 'American English'.

Spelling differences should be explained in the articles themselves, not in the names of articles. We won't tolerate renaming articles in this way. Simple English uses mostly American spellings because we base it off of the Basic English wordlist and the VOA Special English Word Book, which use American spellings. -- Netoholic @ 17:40, 5 January 2006 (UTC)
That still doesn't excuse 'British English' which is bad grammar. I didn't rename articles. I changed the redirects to reflect the title of the wiki. If you can't see that then it appears that recent criticism of the wikipedia sites is spot on. America does not own the net.
Also, thanks for threatening to block me for pointing this out.
British English is a valid term and is not redundant. The main english Wikipedia has an article about it at en:British English. I didn't threaten to block you for having an opinion, I did so to prevent you from harping on the subject in the way you're editing articles. -- Netoholic @ 17:54, 5 January 2006 (UTC)
Well if the main english Wikipedia has a link then it must be true. I'm sorry for not checking first.
If you hate that redundancy, check out en:English English. -- Netoholic @ 18:21, 5 January 2006 (UTC)
Heh. already have. Yuck. Ah well. NewSpeak here we come. Fantastic.
My ha'p'orth: There is "English". And there are varieties of English. Two such varieities are the two most important standards of English worldwide (arguably). These are General American English and (Standard Southern) British English. These two standards are fairly similar. What's the big deal? Who cares if "colo(u)r" has a "u" in it in one article, and without in another. Seriously: what difference does it make? One standard, the other, a mix of the two, it really makes no difference at all to anything. :) Bryan 82.44.212.6 00:01, 3 May 2006 (UTC)

Remove patronizing language on front page[change source]

A lot of people have been criticizing Simple English as being patronizingly simple or using poor sentence structure. These criticisms aren't entirely fair, since they are made by people who speak English at a much higher level than those who would benefit from these pages. At least one critic seemed to assume all non-English speakers all spoke European languages. As far as sentence structure goes, unfortunately an encyclopedia written by lay people isn't going to have great grammar - in any language.

In order to address the 'patronizing' element, we need to remove language from the main page that seems a bit childish. "Wikipedia in more languages" on the regular English main page says "Wikipedia in other languages." "Other" is preferably grammatically, and is a pretty simple word. And "biggest," "lots of," and "fewer" articles could easily be "with over 100,000 articles, etc." just like regular English Wikipedia. Makes it seem that we think people who read other languages don't understand numbers.

For clarity, I suggest in the top left box, "here" instead of "at this place." And maybe "web sites" rather than "places," since it may not be clear that a web site is a place (depends on the connotation of location in one's culture). Also, I think "good pages" should be "useful pages." 24.64.223.203 05:53, 23 January 2006 (UTC)

As I've already said, 24.64.223.203, I wholly agree with you about the redundancy of "here at this place", not just because it sounds "patronizing" (I'll use your word, I can't think of another off the top of my head, though maybe just plain "wrong" would suffice)..
And there's really no harm in including any words outside our language's wordlist as long as they're hyperlinked to a decently written Simple English article. Isn't that the whole point of this place? Bobo192 08:12, 29 January 2006 (UTC)
I definitely agree with changing the "other languages" section back to numbers, which are self-explanatory. Biggest, lots of, and fewer are not simple, they're simplistic. Even a child, seeing "over 100,000 articles," may not know how many that is, but he or she knows it is a very big number. I also agree with Bobo192 that other words shouldn't be a problem as long as they're linked, I just think the link should be to Simple English Wiktionary, where I feel all simple definitions belong. If there isn't an entry there for the word you want to use, make one (what a concept!). --Cromwellt|talk 03:31, 16 February 2006 (UTC)

Capitalization[change source]

Would somebody please capitalize "we" in the first bullet of the Welcome section. There shouldn't be that level of sloppiness on the first page. Thanks. en:User:Nricardo

I did it. -- aflm 16:40, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

What's the purpose of this page?[change source]

I really can't figure it out. People who don't speak English well enough to understand the English Wikipedia can simply read the page in their own language. No one wants to read articles written like this; it's painful, and entirely useless. All this page does is contribute to the decay of the English language, which is already bad enough as it is. Oh and about those comments saying everybody doesn't speak a European language, citing Chinese as an example, someone who speaks Chinese can simply use the Chinese Wikipedia which contains about 55 000 articles, almost 8 times as many as this page. So, once again, no useful purpose.

  1. Not every language in the world has a Wikipedia project
  2. Some Wikipedia projects have fewer articles than Simple has
  3. Simple has many words that will never be on EN or other language Wikipedias because they would be considered 'dictionary definitions'
  4. Some people that only know the English language don't have big enough vocabularies to understand all of the regular EN Wikipedia
Freshstart 20:45, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
I would be interested to hear an example of someone who would find this wiki more useful than any of the others. Speakers of minority languages like Basque, Catalan, etc. would be better served by a Simple Spanish wiki (even the normal Spanish wiki would almost certainly be more helpful than this to them) because it is their country's dominant language and they'd be much more likely to know some of it than English. Britain and America have very few minority languages spoken by a fairly large group that doesn't also speak English. Your third point shouldn't, at least, be accurate - even the Simple English Wikipedia is not a dictionary. And as to your fourth, maybe so, but why no consideration for similarly literate French, Germans, Spaniards, etc.? This is quite frankly a vanity project, pretty unlikely to be useful to anyone, and it reflects poorly on Wikipedia as a whole. -70.130.139.249 22:31, 2 February 2006 (UTC)
Actually, I was told that "Wikipedia is not a dictionary" doesn't apply around here... If you don't believe me, check out this... Incredible, huh??? Blockinblox 22:39, 2 February 2006 (UTC)
That is the Simple English "what Wikipedia is not" page. And yeah, plenty of articles here violate it, which certainly isn't an argument in its favor. -70.130.139.249 22:44, 2 February 2006 (UTC)
If you don't like Simple English, why not read something else instead? Some people are willing to volunteer to put it together, though they are imperfect in doing so, and some people may read it. If there's no Simple Spanish, etc., it's only because no one has decided to start it. If someone wants to do so, then I guess it will exist. In the meantime, if anyone wants to make use of these pages, why complain? People learning basic English who wish to practice reading, children, people with learning disabilities, and people who speak languages that don't have these articles but know a little English, any of these people might read it. There's a lot of people volunteering to do this, and you're calling it a vanity project. The tone of the critic(s) on this page suggests a need to vent a little. Simple English isn't an affront to anyone. Why not leave us alone and edit some other page? 24.64.223.203 05:56, 10 February 2006 (UTC)
I object to this Wiki's existence because it's like having a Pig Latin Wikipedia - it has no real use and hurts Wikipedia's attempts at being recognized as a serious encyclopedia. Wikipedia is not a place to learn a new language, and the topics that children or people with learning disabilities would be likely to research aren't things like quantum physics; they would probably be topics like "dogs" which have articles on the normal English wiki that are very readable. The tone of much of this Wikipedia is such that even a child would likely feel spoken down to, anyway. This Wikipedia is a poor idea with even worse execution. Things like "Mechanics is one part of physics. It says what happens when forces act on things. There are two parts of mechanics. The two parts are classical mechanics and quantum mechanics. Classical mechanics is good most of the time. It is good to say what happens about most things we can see. Some of the time, for example when the things are too small, classical mechanics is not good. Then we need to use quantum mechanics." are not useful to anyone, and there are examples far worse than that one. -70.130.222.105 08:26, 12 February 2006 (UTC)
Responding to Blockinblox, actually, whether or not the "Wikipedia is not a dictionary" policy applies here is still under debate (for example, see Wikipedia talk:What Wikipedia is not). For my own stance, I think that following precedence and putting the dictionary entries in Simple English Wiktionary is the best idea, but mine is only one voice. We'll see how things turn out. --Cromwellt|talk 03:19, 16 February 2006 (UTC)

Simple sisterprojects[change source]

I think we should have a section at the bottom of the page with links to other Simple English sisterprojects (SEWiktionary, SEWikibooks, SEWikiquote), and below that a part that links to other English sisterprojects (English Wikipedia, English Wiktionary, English Wikibooks, English Wikinews, English Wikisource, English Wikispecies). This would be following the precedent of other non-Simple English front pages, as well as that of other Simple English Wikiprojects. I would do it myself, but I want to make sure there is support here before I do so. --Cromwellt|talk 20:45, 20 February 2006 (UTC)

No, it is only by inaction by the admins that those Simple sister projects are even still open for editing. SE Wikiquote is silly - quotes are quotes are quotes. SE Wiktionary has very little content, and really, definitions are definitions; it's better to use the main en: Wikitionary. SE Wikibooks is unnecessary and has nearly no content. -- Netoholic @ 15:35, 21 February 2006 (UTC)
Whether or not one person feels that the other Simple English projects should exist, they do exist, currently, and therefore we should link to them. That is also following the precedent of every other wikipedia, even tiny ones like Quechua Wikipedia. If/when they are removed, we can easily remove the links. I volunteer to do it myself if that happens. Therefore, if there are no other objections, in a few days I will add the section I suggested. If there are other objections, I'll let it go for now. --Cromwellt|talk 23:53, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
As the Main Page may be changing very soon, I will wait to see developments. --Cromwellt|talk 00:48, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
The new Main Page fixed this. --Cromwellt|talk 19:25, 16 May 2006 (UTC)

Unsigned comment[change source]

you is a place called norway?

1,000,000 real english pages: should english have its own section on the main page[change source]

Should English have its own subcategory, perhaps "Very Big Wikipedias"?

Interesting question. I object to the term "real English," as if simple English were only imaginary or something. A much better phrase would be "1,000,000 articles on English Wikipedia." However, in answer to your question, even though English Wikipedia could be put in a separate category, I think it is better to leave it where it is. I just don't think it is necessary. If we leave it as it is, the title of the section still applies, even if we use numbers, since it is still above 100,000 articles. When there are two or three Wikipedias in that larger category, it would certainly be a useful change. Of course, I don't feel very strongly about this, and a new section would be logical, so if someone really wants to make the changes, I say go for it! --Cromwellt|talk 23:53, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Galician=Galego[change source]

Main page of Simple English Wikipedia says: "Gallego (Galician)". That's a mistake. We say Galician as Galego in Galician, not Gallego (this is in Spanish). Thanks. --80.58.23.170 18:49, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Fixed. --Cromwellt|talk 23:53, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Numbers of articles on Wikipedias[change source]

It was mentioned earlier on this page that we should use numbers of articles on other Wikipedias, rather than descriptions, since that makes it seem like we think if people can't read English well, they can't read numbers well either. I commented there, but I'm going to make a new comment here on the same theme. I think it makes much more sense to use numbers. Numerals of any kind (Arabic, Roman, even hexadecimal) are not English. They are numbers, which are accepted and recognized internationally and interlingually. Therefore, people whose first language is not English will have even less problem understanding that section if the information includes numbers than if we keep it only in words. Even children can tell when a number is very big. Plus, this would be following precedent. I am not for following precedent blindly if there is a very good reason not to, but when there is a very good reason to follow it, it seems like a no-brainer to me. Therefore, if after a few days there is no strong opposition, I'm going to boldly make the change. --Cromwellt|talk 23:53, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

As we may have a new Main Page very soon, I will wait to see developments. --Cromwellt|talk 00:49, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
The new Main Page fixed this, basically, though adding the word "articles" would be an improvement. --Cromwellt|talk 19:26, 16 May 2006 (UTC)

Main page: "lots"[change source]

Can someone change "lots of articles" to "many articles." Many is prefered over lots and there is not a big difference in terms of simplicity. In fact many is on the BE 1500, lots and lot are not.--Bkwillwm 09:26, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

"simple" = "retarded"?[change source]

The articles in this wiki all seem to be written in an extremely patronizing tone. The whole thing is frankly an embarassment.

So ask: If it is useful in a way, in which way then is it useful, and to whom? Same old story.

"article of the week"?[change source]

I think that an article of the week would be helpful because it would show people some articles that they may not have known about before and may learn from or be able to contribute to. I know this topic has been raised before, and the consensus was that there weren't enough articles; there are upward of 8000 articles now. Perhaps it's time an article of the week kind of thing was created. Your opinions? EvilReborn 02:14, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

I support this idea. Even though the vast majority of those 8000 articles are stubs, I'm sure there are still plenty of well-done articles to have one each week. We could even start a Collaboration of the Week or something to work on that project specifically! I would be willing to help maintain it when I have the time. --Cromwellt|talk 15:19, 27 March 2006 (UTC)
We already have a 'topic of the week' on the community portal if there's any specific areas to be improved rather than individual articles. A featured article would be quite nice, I think it should be restricted though to peer reviewed very good articles (see Category:Very good articles). Archer7 15:59, 27 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Encouraging of collaboration and showcasing good articles through peer review and elevation to featured articles might help to allow the community to get a sense of what good simple English might be when it is not patronising. I would like to help on this project but as a native English speaker may have trouble writing simple English, particularly when I don't have a clear sense of who the audience is. I assume it is learners of English as a second language rather than English-speaking school children. What is it that this audience might be looking for out of this project? A better idea of this might give us some focus for collaboration efforts.--AYArktos 04:45, 16 April 2006 (UTC)
For more discussion of this project's audience and goals, see this discussion. --Cromwellt|talk 19:29, 16 May 2006 (UTC)

Sidebar section[change source]

Is there any particular rhyme or reason for the languages that are included or not included in the sidebar of the main page? Seems like most of the biggest ones are on there, but so are some that are not in the largest category. We already have a major section on that at the bottom of the page, so only the largest should be there on the left. --Cromwellt|talk 15:36, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Does anyone actually use this Wikipedia for reference?[change source]

Please respond if you do. -70.130.189.15 03:09, 3 April 2006 (UTC)

I always do -Anonymous

I totally agree with you. People shouldn't use this website for info.

Not yet. Sj 02:50, 22 April 2006 (UTC)
I do. Sometimes on more technical topics all you need is a simplified explanation. Archer7 08:35, 22 April 2006 (UTC)
When I see a reference from the 'in other languages' category from the main English article, which I rarely do. 86.141.73.56 05:18, 23 April 2006 (UTC)

I'm having trouble too![change source]

I dom't know if the things on here are true or not! Please help me!

Icons needed[change source]

Most other Wikipedias use icons to organize content by topic, either on the Main Page or (as in en:Portal:Browse) a nearby meta-portal. Icons would certainly make our Main Page friendlier to younger or ESL readers (who seem to be the target audience). I strongly suggest Nuvola icons wherever possible, because:

  • They're colourful and friendly, but sensible.
  • Many other wikis, including most Wikipedias, already use them.
  • They're LGPL and in the PNG format (SVG versions also available).
  • There are over 600, so most of our needs will probably be met.

Seahen 21:32, 14 April 2006 (UTC)

Good idea, Seahen. I like icons too. I think icons make the Main Page friendlier to everyone. Fortunately, the brand-new Main Page uses your idea. --Cromwellt|talk 21:27, 16 May 2006 (UTC) (victim of auto-logout)

Comment[change source]

if u cant spell a simple word like dont then no wonder y u dnt understand this site :P — Preceding unsigned comment added by 203.10.121.82 (talkcontribs) 02:54, 24 April 2006 (UTC)

Defence-->Defense[change source]

Can someone edit the main page to change "defence" to "defense" in the knowledge group section. Thanks--The Ungovernable Force 23:09, 15 April 2006 (UTC)

I don't really see the need as they're both valid spellings, and it seems to be a fairly equal mix of AE and BE--changing it all to one or the other should be done to the entire page, not one word at a time. On the otherhand, since the page is about to be overhauled anyway, you might want to post your input at User talk:Odder/Main Page. Freshstart 23:48, 15 April 2006 (UTC)
Wow, I never knew defence was a valid spelling of it. Well, the article that it links to is defense so it should be defense just so that there is no redirect. The Ungovernable Force 00:38, 16 April 2006 (UTC)
We try to avoid implying any country's spellings of English words aren't "correct"--see Wikipedia:Spelling and the AE/BE articles linked there. If you want to see how much of a can of worms it really is, check out EN's en:List of dialects of the English language. If someone's editing it anyway, the redir should be avoided, but again I think that's better addressed as part of the overhaul. Freshstart 01:33, 16 April 2006 (UTC)
Does any one know what dialects of English are spoken in other parts of the world becuse that would be the correct spelling? 68.239.243.201 20:39, 30 April 2006 (UTC)

Utterly patronizing and useless project...[change source]

Hello,

I'm not writing a perfect English, but I just wanted to tell anybody actually working on that Simple English stuff that I found 100% of the 30 articles or so I've read so far extremely poorly written and useless in terms of info. It seems you don't want to make a Wiki for children, but I wonder who could get any piece of valuable and serious info on Napoleon, for instance, on that page: Napoleon which is a children-dedicated piece of very little interest. How come nobody ackownledges this here, given the high amount of bad comments you seem to get on this discussion page?

It sounds like the whole project actually IS aimed at children and I find it very dishonest to even try to make us believe it's not. Moreover, I find it extremely patronizing to imagine that a person who doesn't understand English well (not to mention the previously spotted mistake of the former formulation "doesn't speak well", which only proves the writer of the sentence has no clue about writing / reading / understanding / translating /languages or linguistics as a whole...) should NEED this kind of poor project to learn a language. There are teachers to do so. You are no graduated teachers, and the way most of you write doesn't allow you to even apply for the position. So a bit of modesty here, instead of that vanity, is needed.

This site is a very self-indulgent project and it certainly brings Wikipedia down, IMHO.

Calvus mons - FR Wikipédia contributor

So how would you suggest it be fixed and made less screwed up? The Ungovernable Force 15:51, 17 April 2006 (UTC)
Abandon it. WP:NOT should include "Wikipedia is not an English 101 textbook." The purpose of an encyclopedia is to present information, not to teach people how to play basketball, do calculus, fight fires, or learn a language. It makes no sense to have an encyclopedia greared towards teaching English, period. Even if it did make sense, reading encyclopedia articles isn't a very good way to learn a language. For several years I have been learning Spanish, and I've never had a Spanish professor suggest to me that I start reading random articles in an encylopedia. I read textbooks that teach grammar and talk to native speakers of Spanish to practice. That's the way to learn a language. --68.239.114.50 23:25, 19 April 2006 (UTC)
Obviously neither Mr. Mons nor the user at 68.239.114.50 (if they are not the same person) understand the point of this Wikipedia. This Wikipedia is not to help people learn English. It is not an English 101 textbook. It is an encyclopedia, created to provide information to people who know little English, for any reason. Because it is directed towards those who know little English, a selected set of English words is used. People may use this encyclopedia to learn English, but that is not its purpose. Many articles are still stubs because this project is still early in its growth (despite the number of articles). For more on this project's purpose, audience, etc., see the discussion here. --Cromwellt|talk 19:49, 16 May 2006 (UTC)

This Idea is so stupid[change source]

I mean seriously. Why would someone who doesn't speak this language even want to look up encyclopedia articles in another language. I speak very little spanish that I learned in school, so it's not like I'm going to go to the "Simple Spanish" wikipedia just to look up an article that is probably in the english wikipedia! --en:User:GeorgeMoney - en:Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis 06:55, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

hey whats up come in to my class team crusty — Preceding unsigned comment added by 198.234.224.6 (talkcontribs) 16:19, 1 May 2006 (UTC)

THE MOST DIFFICULT THING IS: PHRASAL VERBS. DON'T USE THEM SO MUCH!!!!!!!!! TRY TO USE LATIN WORDS, EASY TO UNDERSTAND FOR FRENCH, SPANISH, PORTUGESE, ITALIAN, SOUTH AMERICAN PEOPLE, OR TRY TO SAY THINGS IN A DIFFERENT WAY. I think that once I've learned a phrasal verb, English people have just created another one. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Alfonso (talkcontribs) 22:25, 6 May 2006 (UTC)

"pages i worked on"[change source]

I'm happy with the idea of simple English, but really now, can we please at least do the bare minimum of proper grammar? "I", when referring the first person, is always capitalized. Lower-case "i"'s are associated with children and the illiterate. Perhaps these are a target audience, but they are not representative of the people who are creating the content here. We should not sacrifice accuracy for aesthetics in any instance. --Fastfission 19:21, 8 May 2006 (UTC)

I agree, but I was unable to fix it, because the program seems to automatically convert whatever message is set to go there, into all lower case. Here is the location, which only an admin can change: MediaWiki:Mycontris - as you can see, the capitalization there is typed correctly, but the system converts it into a lower case I regardless... Blockinblox 20:10, 8 May 2006 (UTC)
As I mentioned at MediaWiki talk:Mycontris, we can avoid the issue by changing it to "my changes". That is also simpler and still makes good sense, I think. --Cromwellt|talk 21:39, 16 May 2006 (UTC)
I like that. Archer7 | talk 21:51, 16 May 2006 (UTC)
If there is no opposition, I think we should change it already. Even if there is opposition which has not been mentioned, we can always change it back. --Cromwellt|talk|contris 23:02, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

Broken link on main page[change source]

The "New Articles" link near the top of the main page points to Special:Newarticles, which is invalid. It ought to point to Special:Newpages. --Mathew5000 14:06, 20 May 2006 (UTC)

Fixed. -- aflm (talk) 19:08, 20 May 2006 (UTC)

Ten-thousand pool[change source]

To all,

The Wikipedia:ten-thousand pool is now open, if you want to vote in it. 24.127.224.173 03:23, 23 May 2006 (UTC)

Online tools[change source]

I would like to recommend the following online tools which you might decide to use when you write articles in simple english : [http://www.online-utility.org/english/simple_basic_helper.jsp Online tool which detects complicated words . Simple english article should have simple sentences. To find sentences which are not simple one could use : Online tool which finds complicated sentences. --Onliner 12:08, 23 May 2006 (UTC)

Interwiki[change source]

Could a sysop please expand the interwiki links in this article. Computerjoe 19:24, 25 May 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedias by articles on the main page[change source]

The English Wikipedia shouldn't be under the 100.000+. It should be put under 1.000.000+. --Nrainer 17:42, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

1.000.000+ is still 100.000+. -- aflm (talk) 20:42, 28 May 2006 (UTC)
I agree with aflm, as I said in a comment earlier on this page. Though English Wikipedia has over a million articles, I don't think it is worthwhile to start a new category until there are two or three Wikipedias in that category, and the current designation is still true in any case. Not starting it yet also avoids looking English-centric. --Cromwellt|talk|contris 23:00, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

Other Simple Language Wikis[change source]

What about Simple encyclopaedias in other languages? E.g. German?

See Einfach. -- aflm (talk) 17:52, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

I heard that somebody vandalised the site and had a picture of a large phallus that could not be deleted. How could that happen? How can you vandalise a page and not make the vandalism go away?207.166.54.91 15:19, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

If what you heard was true, it would still be there, wouldn't it? Blockinblox 17:18, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

That's not funny. I wish you would explain to me who did it, how, and why, so I can yell at him on his talk page. That upsets me that some person would have the nerve to put a large human phallus and got away with it. This is an outrage, a disgusting outrage. 207.166.54.91 16:43, 7 June 2006 (UTC)

It's a myth 217.35.96.167 13:08, 11 June 2006 (UTC)

"Simple English?" I for one won't be contributing to it. You know the effort put into this parallel world will have to copy the whole of the English language Wikipedia in condensed form, don't you? All that will drain effort from the main idea, as far as I can see. If you can read you can read the "real" Wikpedia. And everyone who uses it and then wants to learn English properly will have to learn it all twice. The whole thing puzzles me. Why bother? 80.0.36.84 12:38, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia Simple English is wery good ![change source]

I wery thanks for Wikipedia Simple English. This is wery good project for students and oter peoples as such learn English. Thank you wery much. PS: Sorry for my English. I am 15 years old...

Semi-protection[change source]

An administrator should turn off full protection and turn on semi-protection. It keeps users without an account from vandalising, but 4-day old accounts can edit it. GangstaEB talk contribs 18:14, 4 July 2006 (UTC)

Protection

The Main Page is currently protected to avoid drive-by vandalism. If you need to edit the parts of the Main Page, do so by editing any of these templates. To make major formatting changes, contact an admin after developing your proposed plan.

Template:Ideas, Template:Introduction, Template:Main Page footer,
Template:Wikipedialang, Template:Wikitopics

Main page protection poll[change source]

(move protection same as edit level)

Changing Pages[change source]

Should be made much easier, at the moment it is difficult.

  • Well you just figured it out. Can't be too hard. 203.158.56.234 10:42, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

How rude. And why an asterik mark?

Protection[change source]

Should the Main Page be completly protected?

  1. Archer7 | talk 00:15, 7 July 2006 (UTC)
  2. Billz 22:01, 7 July 2006 (UTC)
  3. --Jetman 15:58, 10 August 2006 (UTC)
  4. --Vector (write me please)(Esperanza) 22:11, 2 September 2006 (UTC)
  5. --Cromwellt|talk|contribs 16:14, 12 September 2006 (UTC) --Editing the sections works just fine. Why change that? I think admins can make the required changes. Since the templates are not at all used now, why don't we delete them?
  6. Frits 00:06, 17 December 2006 (UTC) Agreed.
  7. 87.118.100.187 23:06, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
  8. Keep our welcome mat free from dust
    Anthonycfc (talkconnect)  23:25, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
  9. I agree to keep the full protection, I trust the admins :) Illyria05 (Talk  Changes) 02:51, 6 March 2007 (UTC)
  10. wL <talk · hope> 00:41, 9 June 2007 (UTC) - It's the main page of the Simple English Wikipedia, the first thing people see when they come here. It's the most high risk page on the site.
  11. Jerrypp772000 16:40, 9 June 2007 (UTC)
  12. -- Creol(talk) 01:07, 5 December 2007 (UTC)
  13. JetLover (per comment on Simple Talk) -- Creol(talk) 01:07, 5 December 2007 (UTC)
Comment: Hmm, I just edited the main page, just to try it out (changed word diff ), anyway, I still think that it would be better if it was protected, as its really only the admins, in my opinion, who need to be editing the main page.. Illyria05 (Talk  Changes) 08:00, 10 March 2007 (UTC)

Semi-Protection[change source]

Should the Main Page be semi-protected?

  1. GangstaEB talk contribs 23:40, 6 July 2006 (UTC)
  2. Picaroon9288 21:27, 7 July 2006 (UTC)
  3. Zginder 13:42, 21 July 2006 (UTC)
  4. Alastor Moody (talk) 21:24, 29 July 2006 (UTC)
  5. Gray Porpoise 15:51, 10 August 2006 (UTC)
  6. Ood 22:11, 2 September 2006 (UTC)
  7. T. Moitie 22:17, 2 September 2006 (UTC)
  8. Tdxiang 06:01, 4 September 2006 (UTC)
  9. --TBCΦtalk? 00:59, 28 September 2006 (UTC)
  10. --Menasim( discuss | Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg ) 12:32, 29 October 2006 (UTC)
  11. --Copper -Tone-Editorial -Hope 00:10, 17 December 2006 (UTC) CopperTone (talk · contribs) We could help it and we are users and it is unfair that the admins would have more right than regular users.
  12. DoraConan 11:34, 2 July 2007 (UTC)
  13. -Razorflame (contributions) Talk 01:08, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

No protection[change source]

Should the Main Page be unprotected?
1. Liam.gloucester 01:33, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

OK, it looks like us admins sort of neglected this vote, and I guess I can't really argue with a 2/3 support for semi-protection. I'll semi-protect and see what happens, but I'm still not sure about it... Archer7 - talk 14:34, 25 November 2006 (UTC)
Yes, because new users can change grammar mistakes without signing in and having an account. This is simple English, not bad English.Coffsneeze 19:59, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

Wikis with more than 1,000 articles[change source]

Belarusian, Langue d'Oc (Occitan), Tatar (Tatarça)... please update the list.

Wikipedia in catalan[change source]

In the section "Other languages" in the main page I have not seen the connection the Catalan Wikipedia, that works in 34.465 articles. Also, thanks. Sorry for my bad english.

A la secció d'altres llengues de la porteda no he vist l'enllaç a la Viquipèdia en català, que treballa en 34.465 articles. Igualment gràcies.--Albertsab

Also you can put in all other language links, like you can see on Esperanto Main Page. Many people lookin for them on the left side. --Rodrigo 18:34, 27 August 2006 (UTC)

Links on main page[change source]

Please put a direct link to the BE 850 and the BE 1500 lists on the main page. It would make it a lot easier to check my edits. Thanks!--HSTutorials 15:10, 22 July 2006 (UTC)


Russian 100.000 articles[change source]

Russian have more than 100.000 articles. Ildefonk

thanks--Vector (write to me please) 12:03, 1 September 2006 (UTC)


Update[change source]

The "Wikipedia in more languages" section has to be updated. Many Wikipedias have now several times more articles than mentioned here.

Sister projects section[change source]

The main page really needs two things in the sister projects section: a link to the English Wikipedia (I don't know why it doesn't have one already) and one to Wikiversity, which now has its own domain. --Cromwellt|talk|contribs 16:16, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Also, why in the world does the main page list this very project under "1000+" still, when we are very proud of reaching 10000 articles? --Cromwellt|talk|contribs 17:48, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
There isn't a section for 10000+ articles, unfortunately. Billz (Talk) 17:53, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
You're right. My mistake. --Cromwellt|talk|contribs 18:54, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
It's no problem. I will have a look when I have a second to add a link to EN and to Wikiversity if someone else agrees. Billz (Talk) 19:03, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Are there other "Simple Language" projects - with a similar remit to this one (for those people who are between "basic/holiday knowledge" and "being able to read The Metro" (and to help with arranging translation of articles etc) Jackiespeel

There is Simple English Wiktionary, Simple English Wikibooks and Simple English Wikiquote. Please see the section called "In simple English" in the "Sister projects" box on the main page. Billz (Talk) 17:17, 20 September 2006 (UTC)
I think he means, are there Simple Wikipedias for a language other than English. For example, I myself am trying to learn German, so a Simple German Wikipedia would be awesome. If there isn't, maybe just food for thought. -68.191.210.184 19:44, 25 September 2006 (UTC) (HumanZoom)
As far as I know, they are going to be created soon. Billz (Talk) 20:30, 25 September 2006 (UTC)
Nope, nope, and nope. The "Simple English Wikipedia" is regarded by many Wikipedians as a mistake, and similar projects in other languages are highly unlikely in the forseeable future. ~~~~
Why did you nowiki the four tildes? 86.133.79.163 18:35, 25 October 2006 (UTC)
What are tildes? 68.4.3.209 00:44, 29 April 2007 (UTC)
~~ <- Those are tildes. -- Creol(talk) 01:43, 29 April 2007 (UTC)
To difficult. Can you say tilde any simpler, please?--84.56.94.100 14:46, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

Temple of tipple[change source]

The reclining Buddha statue from which Bouddha Bar derives its intentionally misspelled name seems to define the leisurely vibe of this laidback lounge near Houhai. At first glimpse, the milieu appears mish-mashed, but the mix of band posters, alcohol advertisements and traditional statues that adorn the walls represent the three themes of this bar: drinking, dancing and divinity.

A lakeside seating area furnished with overstuffed suede sofas offers patrons a place to plop down, kick back and watch boats drift to and from a nearby dock. After 10pm on weekends, they can move inside to a stage-side seat to clap along with the live and lively flamenco and Latin music performances.

The stage features a modest but mood-setting lighting system and a crisp-sounding speaker set-up. Movers and shakers can sashay their way to a small space in front of the stage that sometimes serves as a dance floor, while those who want to sit it out can catch the show from the plump sofas, wicker chairs and hardwood stools that line the stage. 北京写字楼 A dimly lit couch-filled room on the far side of the stage offers a more intimate setting for conversation and seems to be the only space where traditional Eastern dcor doesn't cohabitate with generic Western-style tavern ornamentation. Those who don't want to get too far away from the alcohol can snag a stool in the bar room, where they can belly up to the bar or kick it at the foosball table. 写字楼 Boozers who like to mix it up can customize their drink orders by matching the type of alcohol they deem most potent with the mixer they consider most potable for 20 yuan a glass. The less inventive can select from Bouddha's list of house specialty drinks, which have names that come straight from the men's locker room. Local brews cost 20 yuan while imported beers are 35 yuan a bottle.

Bouddha Bar might not be the best place to find enlightenment in Beijing, but after meditating over several beverages at this temple of tipple, things do become a bit more Zen.

Needable change[change source]

Please move the name of Russian wikipedia from list of wikies which have 1000+ to 100000+ because it has already reached this number. Русский (Russian)  • 

Another Needable Change[change source]

Persian (fa) wikipedia has reached 20000+ articles. Please move it to list of wikis which have 10000+ articles. Thanks in advance.

We only have a section for wikipedias with more than 100 or 1,000 or 100,000 articles. It will not move up until it has more than 100,000 articles. · Tygartl1·talk· 20:58, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

speak?[change source]

"Use easy words and shorter sentences so people who speak little English may easily read them." Please change SPEAK to READ. This is a text database. Also, plenty of people can speak English but still be working on reading it. Kingturtle 18:26, 20 November 2006 (UTC)

Symbol keep vote.svg Done by User:Archer7. Anthonycfc [TC] 23:40, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

I think we should vote for deletion[change source]

... For obvious reasons. Why isn't there Simple Japanese? Simple German, or Simple Swedish? I'd be willing to start any of those projects.

Why would you be willing to start those projects but vote for deletion of Simple English? What is different about English that you think it should not have a Simple Wikipedia? --Coppertwig 14:21, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

The tone of this wiki is absolutely patronising, and does not serve a purpose. Interestingly, as having discussions about this with people around me, it seems that only the English speaking community sees this wiki having value. For foreign people the concept turns out to be quite a blunder.

There may be more foreign readers later when there are more good pages. Many people may read these pages and not write anything. Some people may be able to read simple English but writing it is too hard for them. So we don't know how many people use these pages. Even if there are no foreign readers, only children, some deaf people and people who do not easily understand Statistics, and some other people, it will still be good. --Coppertwig 14:44, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

This is like pig-latin, not a proper language. Unfortunately the case seems to be that this wiki stays, as this already has over 10,000 articles. It seems that only the numbers matter, not so much going for the quality (which is pretty good in other wikis).

Pig-latin is a children's game. Pidgin languages are real, serious languages used by adults. Please do not mix pidgin languages like Simple English with pig-latin. --Coppertwig 15:11, 26 November 2006 (UTC)
Simple English is a pidgin or something like a pidgin. It is not a full, natural language. Many pidgin languages have been very useful to many people, to say information when the people do not know the same full natural language. Please do not despise pidgin languages or the people who use pidgin languages. --Coppertwig 14:44, 26 November 2006 (UTC)
According to my dictionary, a pidgin comes from two other languages. So Simple English is not a pidgin. But it is like a pidgin. Pidgins are good. They help people communicate. --Coppertwig 14:21, 27 November 2006 (UTC)

I think this wiki should go away, and I do not have respect for those people who contribute to this wiki instead of the real English one. Unless of course, this simple.wiki resembles the quality you can produce - after consideration, it is actually a better idea that some of the contributors stay out of the Real wiki.

I will commission my 10 year old cousin to write articles here. I think he has just the proper English skills for this. When he turns fifteen, I'll guide him to start writing new articles to the real wiki.

Please do not despise children. Many children can give much good to Simple English Wikipedia, English Wikipedia and many other Wikipedias. --Coppertwig 15:43, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

Paradoxically, the articles written in proper English are far more easy to comprehend than these pigified versions of them. It seems that people go to the English wikipedia, copy an article, come here and pretty much rape the English language to produce a "simpler" version of it. Which is not, of course, what actually happens.

"I went throught WP Simple English and I was appalled by its condescendence! [For those non familiar: condescendence is a dominating attitude, someone thinking he is superior tries to help, but he is more rude than really usefull because he sounds despising.]" —This unsigned comment was added by 192.39.234.84 (talkcontribs) 15:53, 23 November 2006 (UTC)

Er... I'm not trying sound superior by pointing this out... but don't you mean "condescension" ? Blockinblox 16:21, 23 November 2006 (UTC)
Was it really not obvious to you that that was what the person meant? It seems that you knew that and you are correcting someone's grammar -- that is condescending. Correcting grammar on article pages is fine. Correcting grammar in messages is usually not good -- it is only good if you are not able to understand the message. Making humour about people who do not write much English is not good on Simple English Wikipedia. It is not good anywhere. It is very much not good in a Simple English place where we want to welcome people who do not write much English. --Coppertwig 14:21, 26 November 2006 (UTC)
For obvious reasons? Please state these "obvious" reasons, as I cannot see any. I would like to see a Simple French; if you have an interest in starting a Simple version of the languages you stated, please initiate a request at the appropriate place on meta. I should bring to your attention the fact that the sister projects in Simple English recently underwent/are undergoing a proposal for closure at m:Proposals for closing projects. Except for Wikiquote, where there is no consensus as of yet, the projects were deemed worthwhile by the Wikimedia community and have remained. And thank you for having no respect for the editors here; for obvious reasons, the community here does not share your sentiments, and although you are certainly entitled to your own opinion, I hardly feel this is the correct place to voice it. You yourself may not feel any need for this wiki; if this is the case, then please go and use the English Wikipedia. However, some ESL learners, people with learning disabilities, and children will find this wiki useful, in future when it has improved more, if not now. As they say, Rome was not built in a day - all Wikimedia projects started out like this. And please welcome your ten year old cousin to contribute here - it will no doubt improve his writing skills, as well as increase his knowledge of the world. He will also be contributing to a valuable source of knowledge. - Tangotango (talk) 16:02, 23 November 2006 (UTC)
(After two edit conflicts)First off, we still know who you are, signed or not :). If you think that this page should be nominated for deletion, nominate it. It will most certainly fail, because people support this project. Also, are you a native english speaker? Because if you are, these articles will sound dumb and pointless. Now, I personally know a bunch of native spanish speakers who are just learning the language, and the english wikipedia is way beyond their vocabulary. They learn things like "door" and "shoe" and "throw" before they learn words like "collaborated", for example. A sentence from the "Acid" article on english: That approximates the modern definition of Brønsted and Lowry, who defined an acid as a compound which donates a hydrogen ion (H+) to another compound (called a base). That doesn't look very easy to translate, in my opinion. Once again, if you genuinely feel that it should be deleted, nominate it. If you want to destroy all the work that people have put into this, please, nominate. We have gotten this sort of comment before. If you are an advanced learner, please, GO TO ENGLISH. This is for people learning the language by immersion, not reading. PullToOpen Talk 16:05, 23 November 2006 (UTC)
I have seen one or two things I thought were condescending. The answer is to change those things. I saw something on one of the Main Pages about a SE wiki being for "people learning English". I changed it to "people who do not know much English". Maybe "read" is better than "know". I think it's condescending to assume that everyone using the SE wikis is learning English or wants to learn English. Probably many want to learn English. Some may only want to get the information. Some may be people with a spoken native language other than English. They may or may not want to learn more English than they already know. Some may be Deaf people; some Deaf people have learned a spoken language and some have not. Some want to learn a spoken language and some do not want to. Many Deaf people are not able to easily learn a spoken language or the writing of a spoken language. I would not call being Deaf a learning disability. I think that would offend some Deaf people. Some Deaf people are happy being Deaf and do not want to learn English. The answer is not to delete the whole wiki. The answer is to edit the Main Page and any other place you see condescending things and change them -- but not if you think using BE850 is condescending. If there were Simple Wikipedias in other languages I would probably enjoy reading them. I wuold read them to learn the other languages and to find information and to translate information into the languages I know better. I'm pretty advanced in French so I would probably not look much at a Simple French Wikipedia, but I would not vote to delete it. I might look at Simple French or even Simple English sometimes if I see something I do not understand on the French or English Wikipedia. I think Simple English can be good for native English speakers to understand complex subjects. Or it will in future when it has more good pages. I may translate Statistics pages into Simple English; I think native English speakers will read them. If you have a complaint like "condescending", don't just say that you saw a condescending page somewhere; change the page or talk about which page it was and which words were condescending. Or give an example if there are too many to list. I tried to write this in Simple English. I know that the person I'm answering and some other people reading this are able to read more complex English. I think it's good to write simple English because I think some people reading this may find simple English easier. I'm sorry I used some hard words. --Coppertwig 12:53, 26 November 2006 (UTC)
.*humour* I was in the children's part of the library and I saw some condescending books. Some seemed to be written for two-year-olds!! We should close all children's parts of all libraries. *end humour*
If there are not many users, one reason may be that not many people know that there is a Simple English Wikipedia. Maybe it will be a little better now because on the English Main Page now it says "Complete list" under the languages on the left. --Coppertwig 13:11, 26 November 2006 (UTC)
If anyone knows where to find Simple German (maybe five year old level) please tell me. I need to practice German. I would like to see Simple Chinese in pinyin, with definitions in a language I can understand. --Coppertwig 14:21, 26 November 2006 (UTC)


I agree, this project makes no sense to me. The way i view it, teaching someone the term "body water" will complicate the learning process, adding an additional step towards understanding "sweat" whilst throwing in a new piece of data that is effectively useless in communication outside of the SEWikipedia. Additionally, if a person is never exposed to the word "sweat," how are they ever going to know what the word means? If the goal is comprehension, we can see that the brilliance and beauty of wikipedia step in. Any word that is not understood can be linked to, where an entire article is dedicated to explaining that subject. While comprehension may not be very great immediately, that is exactly the essence of the process of learning. I understand correlation is key to understanding, but in terms of humans that correlation is typically through a combination of the information given by the senses, in which case a text database will never be ideal for someone trying to understand (as opposed to parrot). Put simply enough, teach a person in simple terms and you will get a person with a simple mind (for example, look at feral children, which shows that limiting stimulus to a developing mind limits the potential of that mind). We do not have simple minds, we never do. In response to above, "acid" is described in complex terms because it is a complex topic. If your friends were to look up the articles for "door" and "shoe," they would probably be much more likely to understand what is being talked about. They might even be able to expand their knowledge of the language by clicking on the links that are words they don't understand within that article. I speak and read and write english plenty fine, but i still don't understand some articles.
The optimum state of "simplicity" for ESL students is a/an _________ to english dictionary. 24.10.247.251 01:08, 1 December 2006 (UTC)
I disagree. When I am learning a language I like to read a simple text in the language I am learning. I do not like to go from one language to another every second. Looking in a ____ to English dictionary means looking at another language every time. Learning a language is better if you can stay in that language for many minutes at one time. A phrase like "body water" can help a person stay in the language and understand and not look at another language in that minute. Maybe some people learn well if they go from one language to another every second. Maybe other people do not. Maybe you learn languages easily using a dictionary of two languages, and maybe it is hard for you to understand that some people do not like to learn that way or do not learn well that way. This Wikipedia is for people who know that they like to read Simple English. Many books for language learners use simple text. Also, this Wikipedia is not only for people who want to learn English. It is also for people learning to read, and for some deaf people who may be able to read Simple English but not English, and for people who do not have time to learn English but need information quickly, and for other people who want to read Simple English for many reasons. --Coppertwig 05:01, 2 December 2006 (UTC)
I have gotten much pleasure from reading simple texts in languages I am learning. It is hard for me to find simple texts. Sometimes I find books for children in a language I want to learn, and then I am happy. But I would be much more happy if I could find simple text written for adults, about something I want to read about. Learning a language is a pleasure but it is also hard work. It is much easier for me to learn when reading something that is in simple text and is talking about something I want to read about. Books for children are simple text, but frequently they are not very simple. Children know many words. Also books for children are talking about things children want to read about. They are not talking about things I want to read about. Different people want to read about different things. I hope later there will be Simple Wikipedias in many languages with pages about many things. Then I will find the pages about things I like to read about. I will have much pleasure reading them and learning a little of the languages. After a person has learned a little of the language, if they want to learn more they can read hard words. It is much easier to find hard words. Now there is Wikipedia in many languages so it is very easy to find hard words about many things in many languages. That is also very good for language learners. Some people may learn better by starting with hard words, but they do not need to delete the Simple English Wikipedia which is for the people who learn better by starting with simple text, and is for people who cannot learn English or do not have time to learn English or do not want to learn English and cannot find information in any other language they can read -- some people cannot easily read any language. We do not delete wheelchairs just because for most people it is healthier to walk. --Coppertwig 14:01, 2 December 2006 (UTC)
Almost all Simple English does not sound like "body water". Yes, maybe teaching "body water" will make learning more complex. Teaching "body water" is not very good. But almost all Simple English is much more like English than "body water" is. The reason "body water" can be good is that someone can understand "body water". Saying "body water" is not for the purpose of teaching English. It is for the purpose of helping the reader understand. The rest of the page can be for teaching English because the rest of the page probably sounds like English. Saying "body water" makes the person stay and understand and read the rest of the page, and get information or learn English. Maybe the person just wants to get information and does not want to learn English. Maybe the person is learning English but looking in a dictionary that tells the meaning of "body water" in another language makes it hard for the person to learn English because they start to think in the other language. For some people that makes it difficult to learn a new language. So it is good for the language learner to see "body water" and think in English. And it is good for the person who wants information and is not trying to learn English, if they can understand "body water" but can't understand a harder word. --Coppertwig 14:19, 2 December 2006 (UTC)
Is there a vote somewhere? Can I vote for no deletion? --Coppertwig 14:20, 2 December 2006 (UTC)
The ideal version doesn't, but on the SE WP, yes, it does. EN WP articles are mutilated in the process of conversion into "simple" English that is actually harder to understand. I've made this point many times (not here, though): People learn languages by being exposed to that language, not to some mutilated version that as pointed out above only adds another step to the learning process AND creates another language - the SE WP language - that those who are trying to learn English and come to the SE WP have to learn. Using the "body water" example - unfortunately, I think those who object to the statement that similar "simple" English is present on the SE WP are missing the point. Things like "body water" are present on the SE WP. Look, for example, at the Main Page: "the free encyclopedia that anyone can change". "Change" implies a more fundamental change, a change in the characteristics of this wiki, not a change in the content of any articles. Besides, the SE WP is inconsistent: if "change" is better, why not "change summary"? "Change history?" Sounds weird? My point exactly. And on the editing screen: how do you "try a test"? Is a test something that can be tried? That is an obvious redundancy. Such examples of mutilated "English" are abundant in the SE WP.

I agree that not everyone will be able to follow the content in the EN WP, but mutilating it makes it worse. A random list of some mutilated English on the SE WP:

  • To try a test
  • Support Wikipedia (does not always refer to monetary support; I can tell everyone I know about Wikipedia three times a day, and I will still be supporting it - just not financially.)
  • All substitutions of "change" for "edit" on the SE WP (see above)
  • Occurrences of "difficult" words on the SE WP. This is just a plain contradiction.

Etc. The SE WP is to me just plain misguided. Bad English has to be distinguished from simple English, but the very nature of this project defeats that. The SE WP attracts (or is supposed to attract) editors/users with a weak command of English. Editors contribute at their own level, including editors with a weak command of English. Therefore, it follows that such articles will have bad English (if I am being too direct here, I apologise, but I'm not very good at indirect conversations). When more editors with a weak command of English start editing the article, the result is more bad English. In the end, all the bad English accumulates and the page swells the ranks of the pages needing cleanup...again. --218.186.9.5 15:10, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

I write nearly perfect English and I still contribute to the Simple English Wikipedia for a reason - it's meaningful. My mother tongue is not English, although I literally grew up speaking, writing, reading and learning it, and now I'm bilingual. If I want a definition of something of even the simplest of natures from the English Wikipedia (which should in no context be referred to as "the real Wikipedia"), I often have to read it many times to get a hang of the long, complex phrases and sometimes even get more confused after reading it than what I was before I read it. Simple English Wikipedia is not condescending nor does it insult me. I'm currently trying to learn Swedish, and I mostly understand the simple phrases in the book. But guess what happens when I try to speak with a native Swedish speaker. This illustrates the point of the SE Wikipedia very well, I think - it's not at all condescending or insulting or any other stupid stuff like that to the target audience, people with learning difficulties, learners of English language and other such people. Don't think that Wiki-projects should have a target audience? Well, how many times have you used the Catalan Wikipedia? If this Wikipedia somehow insults you, go away. That's the simplest of solutions: just go away. Let it insult the people the resort to the SE Wikipedia when the professional blatherings in the English Wikipedia just goes over their heads. Someone wrote that one can always look up a word in the English Wikipedia if they don't understand it. And what do they do when they don't understand the definition of that word in the English Wikipedia? Click more links, won't understand the definition, and here we go with the clicking again. I'm not retarded or anything like that myself, but I often find myself just clicking one of the first five links in the English Wikipedia until the point where I just don't know what the heck I was looking up for in the first place. --88.115.124.218 17:46, 26 May 2007 (UTC)

Einfach German[change source]

Is 'einfach' - simple - German wikipedia coming out any time soon, if ever? 62.136.210.24 21:02, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

You can always propose a simple German at meta:Requests for new languages. That'll be the only way it'll ever get made. Archer7 - talk 21:07, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
I would support it. I need to practice German. I might write as well as read it. --Coppertwig 04:14, 6 December 2006 (UTC)
Agreed. I'm studying German and I'm in my second year, would be great to learn more German through wiki. ~~
If you need to learn German, read German, not anything looking alike. I am quite sure, that this stuff serves some purpose or anyone, though who and which purpose that may be, is yet undecided. Although I am not consulting this "simple anything", it is still annoying to be confronted with "translations" of what had been an concise and well-put article before. People you have to try and invest some time and energy to learn a language. This here does not serve the purpose! --84.56.94.179 06:37, 23 April 2007 (UTC)
You could propose it at meta. I know that a "Simple Spanish" proposal came up, although I believe it did not succeed. Luna Santin 06:50, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

The only living German languages are German languages. There may be Austrian German, Swiss German and a few more. There is not one "simple" German Language written or spoken on this planet. If you of the Wikipedia community are going to create that, then do us all a favour and do not call it German, because it ist not. That is simple, isn't it? Call it Cripled German, if you prefer that, but do not lie to folks who actually want to learn a language. And do not force the rest of us to tolerate Cripled languages beeing called languages.--84.56.94.100 14:51, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

and btw: "einfach German" is grammatically incorrect. Teach that to people who want to write and speak incorrectly.--84.56.118.241 13:50, 11 July 2007 (UTC)

Bosnian wikipedia[change source]

Bosnian wikipedia has more than 100+ articles. Please correct. Thanks, Amer

Link to Simple talk[change source]

I would like to see a link to "Simple talk" on the left, near where it says "Main Page" and "Community Portal". Simple English Wiktionary and Simple English Wikiquote both have that. --Coppertwig 04:12, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

Header[change source]

I think it should be "Welcome to Wikipedia – the free encyclopedia that anyone can write." Sounds better than "change". 203.122.194.68 02:12, 14 December 2006 (UTC)

Bit of a wording proposal[change source]

Could the line "Simple English Wikipedia currently has xx articles." be changed to say "Simple English Wikipedia has xx articles right now."? Seems a bit... simpler. --en:User:tjstrf 11:16, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

  • I don't find it that hard English, so I say nay. Frits 18:55, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

Featured articles[change source]

Does this wikipedia have some type of featured articles system? Frits 16:43, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

A bit delayed of a reply, but I believe there is no FA system at Simple English Wikipedia at the moment. In my search, I did find this, which appears to be a proposal for such a system, but no consensus appeared to be reached (and that was more than a year and half ago). Nishkid64 21:21, 16 January 2007 (UTC)
The very good article system is the Simple English Wikipedia response to the featured articles system. It is meant to work the same way. --Cromwellt|talk|contribs 04:31, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

Why the language code "simple"[change source]

Why is the language code for this project "simple", i.e. the URL is "simple.wikipedia.org", with no reference to "English"? This project should be named to avoid conflict with other languages (e.g. if someone started a "simple French" Wikipedia, they could also argue for the word "simple" since "simple" has the same meaning in French.) 132.206.92.167 02:54, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Hmm, you've raised a good point. There hasn't been any movement for a Simple French anywhere, though. I guess Meta will fix the problem if another simple language Wikipedia is created. PullToOpenTalk 03:07, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
There is a similar French project called Vikidia. I describe it at Wikipedia:Simple Talk#Vikidia, where I suggest that we have a link to it from our Main Page. --Coppertwig 21:34, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

English is a quite simple language, cant figure out how you're gonna make it simplier

Umm no, english is not simple. gtfo 219.90.190.121 11:19, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
The Simple code will not be a problem, because the language code is from the native language... Illyria05 (Talk  Changes) 07:57, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
English is simple if you natively speak it. Otherwise, 219.90.190.121 is right. TheCrimsonWolf 21:41, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
"Simple" is in English -- if another similar project is created, they'll use the relevant language. Simple German would probably use "einfach" for example. Luna Santin 06:49, 23 April 2007 (UTC)
In my native language, not related to english, the word "simple" means simple, the way english speakers understand it. we just pronounce it differently. my native language is Tagalog. --Rebskii 21:25, 4 May 2007 (UTC)

Finnish 100.000 articles[change source]

Finnish wiki has over 100.000 articles now. — This unsigned comment was added by 130.232.137.241 (talk • contribs) .

  • Updated, thanks for the information. -- Creol(talk) 07:40, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

Norwegian 100.000 articles[change source]

Norwegian (bokmål) has over 100.000 articles now Bogean / 85.112.130.18 10:16, 6 March 2007 (UTC)

  • Updated -- Creol(talk) 10:33, 6 March 2007 (UTC)

Introduction[change source]

Is there no Introduction or Welcome, newcomers to explain a little bit about how to edit, like en:Wikipedia:Introduction? Centrx 17:56, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

There's Wikipedia:Student tutorial that does that, but we need more links to it. Blockinblox - talk 17:59, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
The student tutorial is completely different from an introduction (recent unsimplified, unrevised dump from EWP) or welcome (been here for a long time, could still use simplification/help). --Cromwellt|talk|contribs 04:39, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

protection[change source]

On the English Wikipedia, the main page is fully protected. On Simple English Wikipedia, the main page is not protected at all. It should be protected, because it is the main page.Coffsneeze 02:26, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

This is a wiki. Just being the main page isn't a good reason to be protected. The Main Page will often be the first page a new user sees, and having it protected can give them a bad first impression. Besides, there hasn't been much of a problem leaving it unprotected. See m:Protected pages considered harmful.--Werdan7T @ 02:33, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
Actually, the page is not "not protected at all". It is protected against editing by new accounts and IP's (a user must be at least 4 days old to edit it), and it can only be moved by someone with sysop status (admins and above). The partial protection prevents drive-by trolls while allowing almost all editors equality when dealing with issues on the page that needs to be corrected (mainly this would be moving a wiki from one classification to another - we don't get a lot of edits needed for the main page.. ). A user such as Werdan7, Tygartl1, or Browne34 is just as capable of making needed updates to the page as myself or any admin or bureaucrat -- Creol(talk) 05:19, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
Thanks, Creol...I was wondering about that. TheCrimsonWolf 21:38, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

Scots has 1,000 articles[change source]

The Scots Wikipedia has 1,000 articles now. TheCrimsonWolf 21:37, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

Uploads?[change source]

Is the lack of an upload file button an attempt to prevent vandalism? TheCrimsonWolf 21:37, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

If I remember right, simple.wikipedia doesn't allow image uploads. You'll need to use commons: instead. Luna Santin 06:48, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

Tagalog 5,000+ articles[change source]

Tagalog Wikipedia has more than 5,000 articles. Please include Tagalog in your list. Thanks and more power! --Rebskii 21:17, 4 May 2007 (UTC)

Welcome to Wikipedia .... but...![change source]

The header says "Welcome to Wikipedia", but this isn't Wikipedia. It's Simple English Wikipedia, and that heading is confusing at first glance. Why do we copy Wikipedia's heading? Fyslee 19:34, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

I notice that even the footer has searches for Wikipedia, but not for this wiki. Simple English Wikipedia is not Wikipedia, and while they are both wikis, not all wikis are Wikipedia. How can we get these things corrected with them currently being protected? I wrote my message above two days ago and yet no response. Is there anyone watching these pages at all? Fyslee 13:54, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

I can see where you might be confused or think that the current wording is confusing. Let me try to explain why it's worded that way. This is Wikipedia: the Simple English edition. If you look at Wikipedia in other languages, they all say (in their own language) "Welcome to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia" on the main page. Here are some examples for you to look at: Main Page in Italian, Main Page in Spanish, Main Page in French, and Main Page in German. Hope this helps! · Tygartl1·talk· 14:17, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

It makes perfect sense for them to say that, since they are different language editions of the main Wikipedia. This is another edition, not another language. Since they are both in English, it's confusing and we shouldn't be ashamed to state (in essence) right in the welcome that "you are at Simple English Wikipedia" by stating "Welcome to Simple English Wikipedia", or better yet "Welcome to the "Simple English" version of Wikipedia". Fyslee 17:16, 11 May 2007 (UTC)
You're right, we shouldn't be ashamed. Putting "Welcome to Wikipedia", however, does not show shame. It shows continuity between all the versions of Wikipedia. The other Wikipedias do not say "Welcome to Spanish Wikipedia" or "Welcome to Wikipedia in French". They all say "Welcome to Wikipedia". In a way, Simple English is it's own language. It has guidelines on grammar and sentence structure that are unique from standard English. If we are the only Wikipedia that words the heading differently, I think we would be saying we are somehow different or do not belong in the same class as the others. For continuity, the wording should remain. · Tygartl1·talk· 18:51, 11 May 2007 (UTC)
I agree that it's fine for us to say "Welcome to Wikipedia" (since this is Wikipedia, and the SE part can be seen in the upper left of every single page!). However, I disagree with Tygartl1 that simple English is a different language. Yes, it does have some few grammar and sentence structure rules, but I would say that that only means that it is a restricted version of English (not even a dialect). Notice that I don't generally capitalize the "simple" in "simple English" unless I'm talking about a project name, an abbreviation, or it is at the beginning of a sentence. Simple English is a version of English that has (most importantly) a restricted vocabulary, as well as a few grammar and sentence structure limitations (to ensure that it is easier to understand than other variations of English). I say all this despite the fact that I use the term "translations" for the simple English versions of quotes in SEWQ, and I support all SE projects. No one would disagree that we translate from Middle English, which is a different version of English (though a bit further removed, granted), I think, so why not between complex English and simpler English? I even think we should start some new ones like SE Wikinews and SE Wikisource. Most Wikisources have translations, so why not into simpler English? Especially applicable to texts from the last century or earlier. Dickens would benefit from a translation, for example. The only thing would be a wikisource made entirely of translations, but I still think it would be worthwhile. --Cromwellt|talk|contribs 04:52, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

Otherwikis list[change source]

The list for other wikis on the home page, is not updated. For example, Farsi Wikipeida is listed under 100+ wikis, while it has recently passed beyond 20000 articles. It should be updated. Huji 18:35, 13 May 2007 (UTC)


featured article[change source]

why u dont put featured articles on the home page in this wikipedia, i think it will attract ppl to share --Mmustafa 11:18, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

Well, there are not that many articles on this Wikipedia, and it would be quite difficult to have a new article as a TFA every single day. Nishkid64 (talk) 00:37, 9 June 2007 (UTC)

WikiProjects[change source]

Are there any WikiProjects? If not, I think I'm going to create some.--Jerrypp772000 00:13, 9 June 2007 (UTC)

I don't think there are any WikiProject here. In any case, it doesn't seem really necessary since recent changes is quite slow, and people can easily monitor changes to all articles (it's not as bad as en.wiki, for sure). However, it might be useful to have collaborations for creating a bunch of new articles. Nishkid64 (talk) 00:39, 9 June 2007 (UTC)

Featured articles (2)[change source]

Wouldn't featured articles be a good idea? --'Choos'nink TALK 15:52, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

Uh... that would be sweet to go with, but this wiki may need more users who would devote their time creating featured articles like they have it in en. --§ Alastor Moody (T + C) Adminship 20:26, 20 June 2007 (UTC)
Choosnink, we may not have featured articles, but we have started a program for "very good" articles, which are essentially of the same caliber as featured articles. For more, see WP:VGOOD and CAT:VGA. Nishkid64 (talk) 21:10, 20 June 2007 (UTC)
First, vgood articles are featured articles, just under a different name. Second, I think we should revert the recent edits to the main page. The addition of a vgood article, calling it an "article of the week", and its placement and timing are all problematic. While I personally like the idea of having one vgood article on the main page (not for a week, but for as long as it takes to get enough vgood articles to make rotation a viable option), other people like Eptalon disagree. Until there is consensus, it should not go on the main page, and much less when it is poorly placed and not particularly pretty. Obviously, if there is consensus that is behind the recent edits, that's fine, but I have a hunch that there isn't (partly affected by User talk:Liam.gloucester). --Cromwellt|talk|contribs 05:12, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

I commented out the article of the week section, trying to stay bold. I expect every such big change to be discussed and happen only after consensus is reached. - Huji reply 07:46, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

I don't see much of a problem starting this section out now, though I think it can be changed so it looks better. RaNdOm26 08:53, 29 June 2007 (UTC)
I don't see much problem in having such a section too. But there are two concerns: first, such a change usually needs a previous consensus; second, it is better to be done as part of this effort and the other relevant discussions. For example, the process of choosing the articles for main page should be clearly stated. - Huji reply 09:18, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

en linking here[change source]

Look at this disscusion. just thought you might want to have a look and talk about it if you have an account over there. Oysterguitarist 16:01, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

WC[change source]

Can I be part of the Simple English Welcoming Committee? Is there one? j. rand|talk| contribs|email 23:35, 14 July 2007 (UTC)

Yes, just join Esperanza by putting your name on this list. Just please don't welcome users until they make mainspace edits. --Isis§(talk) 23:40, 14 July 2007 (UTC)

IPA[change source]

I suggest putting the IPA symbols, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, and Arabic at the bottom of the page when one edits a page, like on the English Wikipedia, because one may have trouble when putting these letters in. I have to copy/paste them from another window displaying the IPA chart for English, or the Character Map. j. rand|talk| ε contribs|email 00:38, 17 July 2007 (UTC)

Cropping[change source]

How do I crop out others from a picture? I want to do this with Image:JonasDaltonRandspbee.jpg, an image of me. j. rand|talk| ε contribs|email 05:07, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

The wiki software doesn't support that so you have to use a third party software. You may use anything from GIMP (free and open source) to Adobe Photoshop to Microsoft Paint (bundled with every version of windows) for this purpose. However, the first two give you better control on what you do and the format of exported file. - Huji reply 08:09, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

Simple English ads[change source]

Should we create a template on Wikipedia about Simple English Wikipedia so we get more users, articles and admins (I'm not saying I am one) and Simple English Wikipedia will be good as the normal English one. Put it on project pages only. Create it here Claimgoal 11:16 PM AEDST