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Bosnian Wikisource

On main page there is no Bosnian Wikisource. Please add it. (

done ThomasV 06:36, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Number of English pages

I don't think English Wikisource really has 30000+ pages. The number should be adjusted down because of all the soft redirects. According to s:en:Special:Mostlinkedcategories there are more than 4000 of them so the real number of pages is ca 27000. / 22:22, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

Almost all of the 3000 new texts on the English wikisource in the recent update of the Main page are soft redirects. In July more than 2800 soft redirects were created, so there are now 7000 of them. A more accurate text count on English Wikipedia is 26000+. / 09:42, 21 July 2006 (UTC)


The text below the spanish option is blocking the wikisource logo in firefox --This unsigned comment was added by the person known as "Mac Lover" on wikipedia.

nothing like that in Firefox 1.0.7 - so I cannot help, sorry, -jkb- 08:51, 27 August 2006 (UTC)

Undertitel of germn WS

Please change the Undertitel of german Wikisource to Die freie Quellensammlung. We are not using the translation of the english word Library. Thanks --Finanzer 11:38, 2 October 2006 (UTC) (Bureaucrat on german wikisource)

Thanks for changing :-) --Finanzer 22:48, 2 October 2006 (UTC)

How to add languages?

Our language (ru-sib:) has not subdomain, but it has sources. In Meta one sdvised me to post sources here. But how to add our language? --Yaroslav Zolotaryov 02:33, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

Hi. Obviously you do not need to wait for an answer - you are making this right. You add pages in your language here as you do, and you should categorize all of them by an outstanding category, i.e. Category:Siberian. This is very important when you will move them to your own subdomain. You can make subcategories to Category:Siberian, too, if you wish, but you should avoid that they could be confused with similaqr ones in other languages; so the best way is to make something like SibLiterature, SibLaw, SibHistory etc., I did it in the old Czech part as well and it functions. -jkb- 08:59, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

Words for Indic script on main page

For the link to telugu wikisource the text is తెలుగు. More over indic languages doesnot render properly in firefox browser when the text is justified. __Mpradeep 11:12, 28 November 2006 (UTC)


The main page is missing a link to 555 18:09, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

Er... any Admin in the neighborhood?

Sorry to disturb, but am I the only one to read Vikiversity without doubleV? I suppose it's a typo. εΔω 13:39, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

missing publications

Dear collegues! We had four publication under which are now missing. Does anybody know how to find them? We put alot of work in creating them Uwe kils 12:04, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

they might be on ThomasV 14:16, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

Sanskrit article on wikisource(Hindi)

The Ramcharitmanas was not written in Hindi but in Sanskrit. So it should not be included here. However, there is a traslation of the content in hindi written by someone elsewhich can be included here.

If you mean the Ramacharitamanas by Tulsi Das, it most certainly was not written in Sanskrit but written in Avadhi, which is considered, variously, a dialect-precursor of Hindi or a language in its own right. For those who know modern Hindi, reading the Ramacharitamanas will be made easier but still would require learning the grammar and vocabulary of medieval Avadhi. Someone who knows only Hindi will not find Tulsi's work intelligible although many individual words will be recognizable. Nonetheless, it is NOT in Sanskrit Interlingua 13:56, 28 August 2008 (UTC)
Ok, thanks for the information. It is tagged as Hindi now. For now, it doesn't matter much, but when a Hindi subdomain is created, contributors will have to decide if they include it or not. Regards, Yann 18:22, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

Re-arrange smaller wikis on Main Page Portal

I would like to take the links to smaller Wikisources (i.e. those not in the top ten arranged around the logo), which are currently listed under the title "All Languages", and put them into four sections as follows:

  • 1,000+ (more than 1000 pages)
  • 100+ (more than 100 pages)
  • <100 (less than 100 pages)
  • ("Main Pages" of local languages here at without subdomains)

At this point we have exactly 50 subdomains (if we don't count ang: which has been voted for deletion), and there should be no problem having them tastefully arranged according to size on the Main Page portal.

There also 40+ local Main Pages that would be listed in alphabetical order.

What do others think of this idea? Should I go ahead and do it? Dovi 06:45, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

I support this, go ahead. -jkb- 08:19, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
I do not support this. I think it would make the page more complicated. ThomasV 13:16, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
First of all, the top of the page (the "top ten") would remain exactly as it is. But the "All Languages" now has very little value: Subdomains are mixed up with local ones, no size values are given... All it would mean is subdividing that list. Maybe I'll create an example to show what I mean. Dovi 14:22, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
all right, go ahread. but please try to keep it simple... ThomasV 12:42, 4 January 2007 (UTC)
I think that it makes sense. --Benn Newman 15:54, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

I think this is a good idea. It would make the list of subdomains more useful for people, and would organize it similar to the organization of other projects.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 20:59, 3 January 2007 (UTC)


Why is this talk page in Category:Main Pages? I can't seem to find it anywhere in the edit code to remove it. Dovi 07:05, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

See your edit There also 40+ local [[Category:Main Pages|Main Pages]] that would, you will find it :-), -jkb- 08:20, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

ok I removed it. ThomasV 13:05, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks... Dovi 22:17, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

Language organization

OK, all the languages are arranged now:

  • All subdomains are listed and grouped according to size; within each group they are in the alphabetical order of their language codes.
  • Local main pages are in their own group, listed in order of their language codes, as best I could determine those codes. Two local languages whose codes I could not figure out have been "commented out" in the wiki code for the template.

All of this is now found in Template:Wikisource languages, which is transcluded on the Main Page and has been protected. I also did a good deal of formatting, for the template and for how it is transcluded on the Main Page.

At the bottom of the Main Page, in template for sister projects, there is some kind of formatting problem which causes a dislocation at the bottom of the page. If anyone can figure out what causes it and fix it, that would be great.

Comments are of course welcome. Dovi 12:47, 9 January 2007 (UTC)

Lara language does not have ISO 639-1 code. Its ISO 639-2 code has yet to be added.--Jusjih 09:22, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

Bottom of Main Page (formatting problem)

Does anyone else notice this problem too? Can anyone fix it? Dovi 18:13, 9 January 2007 (UTC)

Ehm, I see it (Firefox), but I think I am not like to search the reasons today when one page needs 10 minutes to be shown :-), maybe tomorrow? -jkb- 18:27, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for fixing it! Dovi 09:18, 10 January 2007 (UTC)


Hi, the update of layout on Main page missed to add the And consider using links like [[:s:xx:Local_main_page instead of the current Reason: the links have the tag rel="nofollow" meaning to the search engine bots dont go to this page (see the HTML code). This tag isn't inserted in the [[:s:xx:Local_main_page schema (see the HTML of the star of this message :) ). 555 01:46, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

OK, added it. I missed it because for some reason it was missing in the list of Wikisources at Meta. Any others missing from that list?
I agree that code such as [[:s:mk:Local_main_page|Македонски]] is better all around, but it will take some time and work to convert them all. Want to help? Dovi 06:06, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
No, only this is missed (checked one-by-one) probably because is the most recent wikisource created. My next edit is a start of helping on it :) 555 20:13, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
OK, all code format has been converted to [[:s:mk:Local_main_page|Македонски]]. Dovi 09:56, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Template:Sisterprojects No Text - center

It would also be good to get the nine entries in this template to center properly; currently they appear towards the left. I suggest that the title "Wikimedia" also be within the template. Dovi 09:17, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

nl: 1000+

Hey guys, could someone please adapt the page, has >1000 sources now :) Effeietsanders 16:19, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

Min Dong

Please someone add the Séng-gĭng at the main page. 555 02:27, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

Hi, I noticed that too. But what we really need first is a Main Page for the language, not just a page for the bible translation. Dovi 19:38, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

Romanian Wikisource

Hello. Please update the statistics for the Romanian Wikisource as it now has 5,000+ articles. Thank you. --Rebel2 03:10, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

A little correction for Italiano

It would be great to have the word "pagine" instead of "articoli" on the main page. Greetings IPork 09:35, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

and now please can you correct "pagina" (singular) with "pagine" (plural)? :-) Thank you, --piero tasso 07:57, 5 June 2007 (UTC)

Pages, articles, or texts?

Just a small thought: We list the numbers of "pages" or "articles" in the ten largest languages on the Main Page, all around the iceberg logo.

Wouldn't "texts" make more sense than "pages" or "articles"? Dovi 08:10, 29 April 2007 (UTC)

I think the number of "pages" includes author pages and Wikisource: pages. --Phillip 05:38, 30 April 2007 (UTC)
it would be dishonest to claim as many texts as we have pages. note that there are great differences between subdomains, in the way pages are counted ThomasV 07:16, 30 April 2007 (UTC)
Yes, a page could be a poem, a newspaper article, a book's chapter, a legal document, so it is quite difficult to count how many documents or texts we have. Yann 18:35, 19 June 2007 (UTC)
I have heard that the Spanish Wikisource has counted 95 pages for one play : is it true ? --Zephyrus 22:51, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

All the above comments are of course correct, so I guess there really is no "best" term to use. Dovi 17:08, 20 June 2007 (UTC)

"Main Page"

How can we get rid of the words "Main Page" on the Main Page? See main pages of many other projects. Dovi 20:40, 11 June 2007 (UTC)

Well, the easiest is probably to ask these projects how they did it. Yann 18:33, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

Dovi: I don't think that we can, exactly. Since this URL is still an operational wiki (unlike the front pages of the other sister projects), we can't get a nice front page like, say, Wikipedia has.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 22:45, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

You know, on second thought, we might be able to do it using a CSS hack, kind of like the English WS's main page. Reading your comment again, I think that's sort of what you meant anyway, and not having a page like Wikipedia's or Wikibooks' main page.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 22:46, 19 June 2007 (UTC)
Unfortunately, "CSS hack" is beyond my current technical comprehension. :-) If you know sort of how to do it, please describe. What I meant was simply that on the en.wikipedia Main Page (for instance) it doesn't say "Main Page." So there obviously is a way to do it. Dovi 17:01, 20 June 2007 (UTC)
OK, I asked there. Dovi 19:01, 20 June 2007 (UTC)

It would be great if someone who is tech-savvy could take a look at the edits I made (and reverted) to MediaWiki:Monobook.css and figure out what I did wrong. Dovi 02:58, 28 June 2007 (UTC)

done. ThomasV 14:17, 28 July 2007 (UTC)

Changes on top ten

A fix on one misterious bug has changed substantially the list and positions of the most largest Wikisources (I've reported it as a bug at bugzilla:10649, but this is a fix to a previous bug). English, French and Spanish still are the top-three, but now German is the fourth, Chinese is the fifth, Italian the sixth, Portuguese the seventh and Thai the eighth. If anybody is interested I have a cached table from 19 July with the old values (at Meta is avaiable a cached copy from 12 July). 555 17:25, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

Language Until 19 July[1] 20 July[2]
pl 10º
ro 10º 12º
hr 11º 11º
th 16º
Done. I need a translation of "The Free Library" and "pages" in Thai. Yann 18:01, 20 July 2007 (UTC)
You missed to update {{Wikisource languages}} ;) 555 01:44, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

English main page for non-English texts

Wikisource needs an English language portal dedicated to classic non-English texts. Say I need a quote from the Iliad, the Hebrew Bible, the Gilgamesh Epic or the Havamal, but I am not able to navigate my way through portal pages or categories in Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Akkadian or Old Norse (not to mention that there is probably no-one even inclined to design wikisource meta-pages in these languages). At present, ancient texts are very difficult to find. The Septuagint is kept at el:, the Hebrew Bible at he: and Vulgate at la:. This is not convenient. Dbachmann 09:56, 27 July 2007 (UTC)

for that you should navigate your way through the English author pages and then use interlanguage links ThomasV 14:24, 27 July 2007 (UTC)

Could you put Catalan in the +1000 group? 18:13, 25 August 2007 (UTC)


Armenian category has 423 articles. Please move it to 100+ section


Catalan wikisource has 1069 article. Please move it to +1000 section. -- 11:34, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Done, --LadyInGrey 23:21, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Red link

Someone has missed to run checkusage on Commons and generated a redlink instead of the Wikipedia logo. 555 18:12, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

thanks, --LadyInGrey 19:49, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

Galician Wikisource

Galician Wikisource has reached 100 articles. Please, move it to +100 section. -- 03:06, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

Done, --LadyInGrey 15:21, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

tcy - Tulu

add test Main Page:Tulu, please. code = tcy. local name = ತುಲು.


Hello, please change "ห้องสมุดเสร" to "ห้องสมุดเสรี", a native speaker brought it to my attention, many thanks in advance, best regards, --birdy (:> )=| 12:02, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

Hi Spacebirdy, I guess there is a problem. Does the change concern the link to the Main Page or the term in the second line??? (I think this is the request, but specify this pls). -jkb- 12:22, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
Hi -jkb-, thanks for the fast answer, I could only find
11,000+ pages
for the word "ห้องสมุดเสร", so yes, I think he meant the second line.
Best regards, --birdy (:> )=| 12:27, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
yeas, it seem to be, I make it, -jkb- 12:30, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
Dankeschön, --birdy (:> )=| 12:33, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

Language News & Updates Link

This links shows to the old WikiSource:2007. Please fix to WikiSource:2008 . --kajk  12:28, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

thx, done -jkb- 12:34, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

Hungarian Wikisource has more than 1000 articles.

Somebody, who can edit this page, please move the Hungarian (Magyar) Wikisource to the 1000+ articles group.

We have more than 1000 articles. H-Vergilius 11:31, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

Another proof H-Vergilius 11:33, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

done -jkb- 13:14, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

error:th 2

I've found the following text :

11,000+ pages

The word "pages" should be change to "หน้า". Thank you. -- 06:13, 30 March 2008 (UTC)

Corrected. --Dungodung 10:10, 30 March 2008 (UTC)

Could you please change from,

{{MainPageLang|[[:s:th:หน้าหลัก|ไทย]]|ห้องสมุดเสรี|11,000+ หน้า}}


{{MainPageLang|[[:s:th:หน้าหลัก|ไทย]]|หอสมุดเสรี|11,000+ หน้า}}

The "ห้องสมุด" is too general, that may include books, or encyclopedia. "หอสมุด" sound more specific to the "source" library. --Ans 11:35, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

Well, is this the final version? -jkb- 12:39, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

Why only 8 or 9 languages on front page (and what about Hebrew)

Why only 8 or 9 languages, when there are many more sites.

And what about the Hebrew wikiSource/wikiText ? Pashute 02:38, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

OK, I didn't see that you can scroll down... But
a. Thats a major problem.
b. There's no list in English, so a "find" search on the page wont give a result.
Solution: ABOVE the line with 100,000 (which shows on the screen when page first loaded without scrolling)
have one line: "More languages... 100,000 and more 10,000 and more etc.,
and these links point down further on the same page.
Also have a "list of all languages in English" on the same page at the bottom. Pashute 02:47, 18 June 2008 (UTC)
That's a good idea. I'll put some internal links into the page. Languages are listed in English at a Meta page (see link at bottom). We try to keep this page as language-neutral as possible (though it cannot be completely so). Dovi 12:31, 18 June 2008 (UTC)


  • These language names should not have underscores replacing the space characters:
    • Bahasa Indonesia
    • Bahasa Melayu
    • Basa Sunda
    • Krèyol ayisyen
    • Runa Simi
  • Persian Wikisource (فارسی) has more than 10,000 pages.

Aviator 12:23, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

...and Bangla now has 1,000 pages (notification). Cbrown1023 talk 12:00, 26 September 2008 (UTC)
I've moved those two up on Template:Wikisource languages, however now we also need to consider adding Persian to the main round circle on the front page. I'm not sure what is involved for that. According to meta:Wikisource, Persian has caught up with Portuguese. We cant drop th or pl, as they are roughly equivalent, so I think we would need to squeeze 'fa' in somehow. John Vandenberg 07:10, 28 September 2008 (UTC)


Please add Basa Jawa/jv on this page. Thanks. Meursault2004 23:27, 9 October 2008 (UTC)

Done. John Vandenberg 09:42, 10 October 2008 (UTC)

Thanks. Meursault2004 10:41, 10 October 2008 (UTC)

Update page count for ru

Admins, please, update article count -- RU have more than 19 000 articles now! -- Sergey kudryavtsev 13:37, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Done, --LadyInGrey 18:00, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Russian subdomain outstrip Italian

Please, change position appropriately (see s:ru:Special:Statistics and s:it:Special:Statistics). -- Sergey kudryavtsev 13:49, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

Russian subdomain reach 20 000 articles. Update main page, please. -- Sergey kudryavtsev 06:04, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

What is up! unsigned comment by (talk) .

Updating vs. protecting

I think it's not the best idea to have the main page and it's templates with lists fully protected when nobody apparently takes care about its updating. Eg. the list bellow the "top-ten circle" is way so outdated. I'd suggest to semi-protect at least that list (Template:Wikisource languages). I also wanted to tweak the code of Template:Sisterprojects No Text and couldn't as well. :-/ I'd like to update both templates, so do you think you could just semi-protect them, please? Thanks.
Danny B. 11:57, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done John Vandenberg 12:06, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

Wikimedia links

The links to other wikimedia projects should direct to the general pages, and not to the english page. For example : to and not to 17:48, 13 December 2008 (UTC)

Danny B. 22:25, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

Changing the main page

Should we change our main page, like Wikipedia did ? There is a discussion about it on the mailing list. I think there are two possibilities : order the wikisources considering the activity, as Wikipedia made ( or, maybe better for a "library", considering the "number of words" (

Number of words would be :

1. EN : 235 M
2. FR : 142 M
3. ES : 47 M
4. ZH : 37 M (but I don't think this is correct : how do the stats count "words" for Chinese Wikisource ? There is another method : 1737 [number of bytes per article]/3 [a Chinese word is 3 bytes] * 42000 [number of articles] = 24.3 M) 4. RU = 27 M
6. IT = about 22 M (there is a problem with them. The stats say there were 12000 articles on November 30, but it is wrong. There were surely 18000 or 19000 articles, like now -> so the number of 14.4 M words should be risen with its half to 22 M)
7. AR = 21.6 (good surprise, but is it correct ?)
8. PL = 18.7 M
9. DE = 18 M
10. PT = 16 M

I feel sorry for the Germans. The low number must be the result of the total use of the "Page mode". We should ask to some developpers if counting the number of words in, for example, the "Proofread pages", could be possible. This number of words could then be added to the number above... (Syagrius on mailing list)