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A trip up north to Scotland

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By Rcsprinter123

As Scotland is deciding its future this week, we thought it might be a good idea to get to know the editors of WikiProject Scotland and talk to them about the project. A moderately-sized WikiProject with around 90 active participants, it covers a huge area ranging around every Scottish town from Coldstream to Brae. It has a number of child projects, including ones for Edinburgh, Clans of Scotland, Medieval Scotland, Scottish Castles, Scottish Islands and Transport in Scotland. According to its assessment department, there are currently 51 pieces of Featured content and 139 Good articles under the project's umbrella. In short, a very successful set-up covering a wonderful country with some of the best scenery in Great Britain. So, it makes great sense to feature them in a WikiProject Report and get the inside story from some Scottish Wikipedians. We interviewed Ben MacDui, Drchriswilliams, Mutt Lunker and Nick.

What was your motivation for joining WikiProject Scotland? Do you, or have you ever lived in Scotland?

Any Scot will make you feel welcome

Have you contributed to any of the project's Featured or Good Articles? What is the most difficult hurdle to overcome when building an article about Scotland to Featured status?

Does Scotland receive the kind of attention that other countries in the United Kingdom get? Are there any significant gaps in the coverage of Scotland that don't plague the coverage of England or Wales?

Green and pleasant land

Do you have any knowledge of the Scots language, and if so, have you ever edited the Scots Wikipedia?

What can Wikipedians visiting or living in Scotland contribute to the project's photography? Are there any locations or objects that could be easily handled by anyone with a camera?

Has WikiProject Scotland noticed an increase in activity in the project's articles due to the recent 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow? Have you contributed to any of the articles about the Games?

The Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, leading the Yes campaign for independence

As the Scottish referendum about independence is taking place this week, will WikiProject Scotland be working hard to cover its results and the possible new country, or is this left to the editors of WikiProject UK Politics?

How can a new contributor help today?

Anything else you'd like to add to the interview?

Next week, we'll see what it takes to review a Good article and see how you can help attack the backlog. Up to then, you can always look in the archive for all past Wikiproject reports.

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I'm sorry to see all the interviewees regard ordinary "information" as the reason they focus on English Wikipedia (I note they refer to it as the "main" Wikipedia and not by its language). I would hope they would consider contributions to Scots Wikipedia as a means of cultural preservation. There may be a multitude of cultural codes (language, ideas, cultural understanding, etc., even jokes) that are endemic to Scots that are not conveyed appropriately by other languages. Even the idea that they are more comfortable in English underscores how they should make the extra effort to contribute to Scots Wikipedia more frequently. kosboot (talk) 11:13, 18 September 2014 (UTC)[reply]

I'm not sure that that's an entirely representative impression of what's said above. There's some diversity in the responses and classifying the comment of one editor as being what "they refer to" is not warranted. I don't see anyone commenting about being more comfortable in English or otherwise. Mutt Lunker (talk) 11:34, 18 September 2014 (UTC)[reply]

The Scottish Gaelic language (not to be confused with the Scots language) had 57,000 speakers in Scotland in 2011, and the Scottish Gaelic version of Wikipedia (ìomh-Dhuilleag) has 17,273 articles. Editors who speak Scottish Gaelic are categorized in Category:User gd.

Wavelength (talk) 17:02, 18 September 2014 (UTC)[reply]


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