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Bug 62717 - Move oldwikisource on to
Move oldwikisource on to
Status: NEW
Product: Wikimedia
Classification: Unclassified
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: Lowest enhancement with 7 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
: community-consensus-needed
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Blocks: wikis-to-rename Wikisource
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Reported: 2014-03-16 23:15 UTC by Adam Morgan
Modified: 2014-11-19 21:47 UTC (History)
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Description Adam Morgan 2014-03-16 23:15:57 UTC
"Old Wikisource" at would be better served if moved to "Mul" is the official ISO-639 code for "multiple languages", which is appropriate to this project.  This would allow full interwiki linking, easier support from Wikidata, standardisation of URLs, and recognition as an active project.  There is informal support for this in the Wikisource community on scattered discussions and the mailing list.

Before having a formal vote on this, however, (which is potentially pointless) I want to know if this action is possible.  I was told a bug report would be the way to determine that.
Comment 1 Andre Klapper 2014-03-17 09:35:25 UTC
Not too easy, see bug 19986...
Comment 2 Alessandro Brollo 2014-08-07 13:29:00 UTC
Easy or not, it should be done, and with high priority, IMHO. Is perhaps simpler to create a new, leaving oldwikisource as "incubator" for languages that haven't a specific project? Ok; but multilingual books are so common, and the need of a "central" wikisource project is so high IMHO, that something has to be done, as soon as possible.
Comment 3 Nahum Wengrov 2014-08-08 15:19:14 UTC
There are a number of languages which have no wikisource of their own which are currently served by the old wikisource. They need to be able to add wikidata links. I agree therefore that this should be high priority.
Comment 4 MF-Warburg 2014-08-08 20:11:46 UTC
Please note that moving the "Wikisource incubator" to a separate wiki won't help. Wikidata currently does not support putting multiple links to one wiki, there is bug 52971 about that.
Comment 5 Vogone 2014-08-08 20:18:07 UTC
Consensus would definitely be required. Considering, even "" would seem like a considerable option to me, though I also don't see what the harm with the current address is. Wikidata won't link to "mul" anyway in case Old Wikisource/Beta Wikiversity/Incubator links are finally supported someday.
Comment 6 George Orwell III 2014-08-09 02:18:08 UTC
The "harm" is that memory hole ruins it for the rest of the wikisource domains.

Type "" and "" into your browser's url address field and compare where each takes you.

old.wikisource usurped the normal 'jump-to/land-on' page(s) that every other wiki-project seems to enjoy. And being the dumping ground for "exotic" works to put it mildly, its no wonder most unfamiliar visitors are naturally disposed not utilize the project & move on.
Comment 7 billinghurst 2014-09-29 03:57:03 UTC
The mul: interwiki now works within the WSes to point to //
Comment 8 Candalua 2014-10-08 14:05:45 UTC
(In reply to billinghurst from comment #7)
> The mul: interwiki now works within the WSes to point to //

Finally some good news. Anyway this is not really useful if Wikidata still doesn't allow sitelinks to mul:

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