Proposal:Language demand statistics

Status (see valid statuses)

The status of this proposal is:
Request for Discussion / Sign-Ups

Every proposal should be tied to one of the strategic priorities below.

Edit this page to help identify the priorities related to this proposal!

  1. Achieve continued growth in readership
  2. Focus on quality content
  3. Increase Participation
  4. Stabilize and improve the infrastructure
  5. Encourage Innovation


We need to come up with a better way to account for the expected number of people we can serve with various incremental improvements to language offerings such as in Category:Proposals for new languages.


Some alternative to cost center accounting needs to be developed and articulated so that we aren't dependent on the whims and whimsy of standards bodies which are not always transparent.


There is currently no way to measure the point at which returns for investment in wider language coverage diminish. If we had better statistics about demand, we could explain our decisions about supporting various communities in a more accurate way.

Key Questions

Where do existing standards bodies fall short in explaining their decisions about languages?

Where are the best ways to measure the expected value from supporting additional languages documented?

Potential Costs

Significant in volunteer time, the Foundation's most precious resource, servers, electricity, etc.


as requested in Key Questions above

Community Discussion

Do you have a thought about this proposal? A suggestion? Discuss this proposal by going to Proposal talk:Language demand statistics.

Want to work on this proposal?

  1. .. Sign your name here!