Wikipedia:Introduction

(Needs translation into Dagbani)

Welcome to the Dagbani Wikipedia, officially launched on June 30, 2021! Dagbani is a Gur language spoken by the Dagomba people in cities such as Tamale and Yendi in northern Ghana. At the Dagbani Wikipedia, we are an open, friendly, inclusive, and welcoming educational online community. Here, not only the Dagomba people, but also anyone from around the world interested in African cultures and languages, can share their knowledge with the world.

Creating new articlesEdit

If you want to start new articles, be sure to:

  1. Add {{Databox}} on top
  2. Link the Dagbani article to other Wikipedia language editions
  3. Add categories (pubu)
  4. Add references (kundivihira)

You can copy this code to start a new article.

{{Databox}}
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==Kundivihira==
{{Reflist}}

[[Pubu:Stubs]]

{{stub}}

Why write in Dagbani?Edit

  • Recording oral traditions. For example, whereas on the English Wikipedia, articles on Dagbani traditional stories (salima) are not likely to qualify due to the lack of written sources, the Dagbani Wikipedia encourages users to add stories that are derived from oral traditions.
  • Ability to express concepts that cannot be easily translated into English. For example, in Dagbani, plants and animals are traditionally classified very differently, quite unlike how most Europeans would classify living things.
  • Education, literacy, and preservation of indigenous languages, of which there is very little online content
  • Promote linguistic diversity
  • A chance for ordinary Africans to present their own worldviews and write their own narratives
  • Among many other reasons

Books and files about the Dagbani languageEdit

You can use dictionaries such as Tony Naden's Dagbani dictionary (2014) to check for spelling and usage. If the entries in Naden (2014) are incorrect, you can make a note of it and put the correct one on Wikipedia instead.

Naden, Tony. 2014. Dagbani dictionary. Webonary.

Knut Olawsky's Dagbani grammar book and Roger Blench's lists of Dagbani plant and animal names are also very useful.

GuidelinesEdit

We do not have complex rules or bureaucracies here at the Dagbani Wikipedia, and we like to follow the 5th pillar of Wikipedia:

Wikipedia has policies and guidelines, but they are not carved in stone; their content and interpretation can evolve over time. The principles and spirit matter more than literal wording, and sometimes improving Wikipedia requires making exceptions. Be bold, but not reckless, in updating articles. And do not agonize over making mistakes: (almost) every past version of a page is saved, so mistakes can be easily corrected.

We also have a few tips:

  • Don't copy and paste entire webpages except if you are sure that it will not violate copyright. Make sure to avoid plagiarism by giving proper credit to authors and sources.
  • You can use English in discussion pages if you do not write Dagbani very well, but all mainspace (article) content should be in Dagbani.
  • Be careful about posting your information or other people's private information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, and other personal details. It is best not to post such information of private individuals for safety reasons.
  • Be polite and civil.

Questions and commentsEdit

For questions and comments, you can leave a message at Wikipedia:Mabiligu dundɔŋ.

Thank you and happy editing! We hope you decide to stay and help share free knowledge for all of humanity.