Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Main page banner


We are having some discussions about how main page is displayed in different browsers. I've included some screen shots of the main page banner from three different browsers.

Chrome 19.0.1084.46

IE 8.0.6001.18702

Firefox 3.6.28


I don't think I like these differences. :-)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Story so far..

When I was a kid, I could speak only Sinhala.But there was nothing I couldn't do with it. When I moved to Colombo only I found out there is nothing you can do if you don't know English. So I had to learn English because I wanted to survive. Those days I thought one day I would fight back and I did try. But I know today Sinhala is not a practical language. No matter what we argue in the end you have to know English if you want to live. At least in Sri Lanka.

My term as an admin in Sinhala Wikipedia was not planned. When me and Sasakthi started on the project someone had to take up the burden. Those days the interface translation was limited to admins. So I took up the challenge. Later Sas got busy and I also dropped down to just cleaning up vandalization and spam. Time after time one person would pick up an interest in Sinhala Wikipedia and do something. But there never was any real community. When these guys got fed up they simply left the project without even saying good bye.

I remain as a caretaker unchallenged.

When බිඟුවා came in and started work, things were very promising. The article count went really high. The quality improved immensely. New tools came in to be. Lot of positive things started to happen in the project.

*That's a lot of writing for me. I'll write the rest some time later*

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Welcome new Admin!


We had a vote once again. This time Singhalawap managed to make it through. He was/is a good contributor and I hope he will be a good sysop too.

As for the statistics:
The article count as of 2011-10-05 is 5593.

Friday, April 15, 2011

සුභ අළුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා!

පොඩ්ඩක් පරක්කු වුණත් ඔන්න අමතක කළේ නෑ. සිංහල වීකිපීඩියාව වෙනුවෙන් තමන්ගෙ කාලය ශ්‍රමය වැයකරන හැමෝටම ලැබුවාවූ නව වසර සියලු යහපත් පැතුම් ඉටුවන සුභ නව වසරක් වේවා!

Monday, February 28, 2011

A Meetup!

Yesterday (2011-02-27) we had a sort of a Meet-up. Only myself, Singhalawap and අනංගයා was there. බිඟුවා was also supposed to be there but unfortunately the little bee got sick and the papa bee had to take him to hospital. I was also sick and so couldn't make it to the original venue. Only අනංගයා and Singhalawap managed to go there and they both payed me a visit and we had a nice chat about many topics from "Moon to center of Earth" (OK, You guessed right. I stole that quote ;-))

There were a lot of interesting things on discussion, I even forgot to take a picture also. May be I'll remember that on the next time. I sure hope to see a lot of people then.

This was definitely not an official meetup and was mostly arranged offline. Organizer was Singhalawap. He mailed and called us all and tried his best to get us to meet face-to-face. There were some suggestions from him that sounded pretty good. I hope we can have another meeting of this sort so we can properly discuss these things.



Following my usual tradition I'll end the post with my usual reference to statistics. As of today (2011-02-28), the current article count is: 4339. (It seems to be going down these days!)

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Sinhala Community

The year 2011 is one of the busiest years in my life. A lot of things happen around me and I’m still a way busy with a lot of other work offline. While waiting for my office computer finish a remote job I thought of writing something here.

From what I see in the general behavior of the crowd in the Sinhala Wikipedia, we have some sort of a stable community at the moment. In early days it wasn’t like this. One or two people would start contributing and they can remain really active for about two (2) months and they will say goodbye to the project forever never to be heard again. Then the project will be dormant other than some vandalism and reverting. And so the cycle continued. There weren’t any chance for any real community discussion or such.

But now most of the active users have been there for more than six (6) months. There are also new members who will actively participate in community discussions. This is really a good sign. There have to be discussions for a community to survive. In my opinion even the flame wars count.

We have a lot of battles here and that sure makes ours a COMMUNITY.

As usual I’ll end the note with reference to statistics. On 21st February 21, 2011 the current article count is 4340.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Welcome new Admin!

After a long time we managed to complete an admin vote. බිඟුවා has been an active contributor since a long time and this is his second time running for admin. If you have been following things happening on Sinhala Wikipedia you might have noticed that last time it was a complete disaster. Even though we thought the vote was concluded in favor of බිඟුවා, Stewards didn't think the same. So his request was turned down.

So finally the last vote went well and he won a majority of 9-0. Just nine votes do not count as enough in my opinion. Is that all we got? I hope බිඟුවා will be able to recruit some more contributors.

I wish the new admin best of luck and hope he can make a difference.




As for the statistics we have 4405 articles as of 2010-12-29.