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Bug 15670 - Probable namespace change in the Assamese Wikipedia
Probable namespace change in the Assamese Wikipedia
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Internationalization (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal minor (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Blocks: 40760
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Reported: 2008-09-21 09:20 UTC by wikichaipau
Modified: 2012-10-04 09:53 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---

PNG of the SpecialPages page with the Hindi links indicated. (199.80 KB, image/png)
2008-09-21 09:20 UTC, wikichaipau

Description wikichaipau 2008-09-21 09:20:55 UTC
Created attachment 5352 [details]
PNG of the SpecialPages page with the Hindi links indicated.

The Assamese wikipedia ( has had its namespace changed to Hindi.  This has resulted is some strange behavior.  For example, the SpecialPages page has Special in Hindi (विशेष):विशेष:SpecialPages

And some in the list of pages are now in Hindi too.  Please see attached PNG.

This is not due to any translation, but due to a likely configuration change.  I am not exactly sure what that particular configuration change has been.  I shall appreciate any help on this count.

sysop, Assamese Wikipedia.
Comment 1 Niklas Laxström 2008-09-21 09:33:58 UTC
That is because those messages are now translated in Hindi, where missing messages for Assamese are taken from. The fix is to translate those messages into Assamese.
Comment 2 Siebrand Mazeland 2008-09-21 22:43:22 UTC
Namespace localisation with Hindi fall back was added in r41133 and rr41134. You can go to and help complete the Assamese localisation. Current stats for MediaWiki core is 35%, so loads of work to be done there.
Comment 3 wikichaipau 2008-09-22 07:54:33 UTC
We, the editors and translators of Assamese wikipedia, were at work with Assamese localization.  Unfortunately, many of us are not proficient in Hindi, though all of us are proficient to some level in English.  This has caused a hindrance in our translation work.  We request that the fall back be English rather than Hindi.

We look forward to your help in this.

Comment 4 Siebrand Mazeland 2008-09-22 08:01:58 UTC
Would Bengali (bn) be a more suitable fall back language?
Comment 5 wikichaipau 2008-09-26 03:22:22 UTC
The fallback language should be English.  The users and editors of the Assamese wikipedia are likely to know English more than either Hindi or Bengali.  For a partially translated, users would be able to navigate better with English as the fallback language.

Thank you,
Comment 6 Siebrand Mazeland 2008-12-18 12:00:44 UTC
Set fallback to Bengali in r44764.
Comment 7 Siebrand Mazeland 2008-12-19 23:10:40 UTC
Closed after feedback from brion.

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