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Translation request

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Can you translate and upload the articles en:Azerbaijani language and en:Azerbaijanis in Maori Wikipedia? Short and simple articles suffice, and would be complementary to the already existing article Atepaihānia.

Yours sincerely, Multituberculata (talk) 16:07, 2 Noema 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I am not sufficiently fluent in Te Reo to make translations myself, and this wiki currently lacks resources to take translation requests.-gadfium (talk) 17:14, 2 Noema 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I understand. Thank you for the reply. Multituberculata (talk) 06:00, 3 Noema 2021 (UTC)[reply]

How we will see unregistered users

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Thank you. /Johan (WMF)

18:17, 4 Hānuere 2022 (UTC)

Wira Gardiner

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Sure, when I have time. My dad knew him- he was a nice guy. Sorry for the late reply. Also, I'm able to speak Māori relatively proficiently so it shouldn't take long when I'm able to do it. Don't worry- would NEVER use google translate, I'm not a nanikoti. --Aubernas (talk) 05:18, 23 Māehe 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Even my limited knowledge of te reo is sufficient for that last word!-gadfium (talk) 05:20, 23 Māehe 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Wira Gardiner Aubernas (talk) 11:06, 13 Āperira 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you!-gadfium (talk) 18:26, 13 Āperira 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Months of the year

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Hi Gadfium, I'm writing to you to propose we change the names of the months of the year on this Wikipedia to just one set, and avoid a certain number which are being incorrectly used. This is because the dates currently used in many, but not all articles- Kohitatea, Hui-Tanguru, Poutū-te-rangi, Paenga-whāwhā, Haratua, Pipiri, Hongongoi, Here-turi-kōkā, Mahuru, Whiringa-ā-nuku, Whiringa-ā-rangi and Hakihea- are not actually solar months equivalent to the ones used in English (January, February, etc), but are from the traditional Māori lunar calendar, which is entirely different. If you were already aware of this, I apologise, but if you were not, I'll explain a bit further. These months start and end at different times completely to the European months. The misuse of these month names is a very common mistake, so don't worry if you were unaware; I spent my early childhood erroneously using these lunar months in place of solar months and only learnt more about it a few years ago. Here is an example;

Pipiri (May–June). All things on earth are contracted because of the cold; likewise man.

Hongonui (or Hōngongoi, June–July). Man is now extremely cold and kindles fires before which he basks.

Here-turi-kōkā (July–August). The scorching effect of fire is seen on the knees of man.

Mahuru (August–September). The earth has now acquired warmth, as have vegetation and trees.

Whiringa-ā-nuku (September–October). The earth has now become quite warm.

Whiringa-ā-rangi (October–November). It has now become summer, and the sun has acquired strength.

Hakihea (November–December). Birds are now sitting in their nests.

Kohi-tātea (December–January). Fruits are now ripe, and man eats of the new food of the season.

Hui-tanguru (January–February). The foot of Rūhī (a summer star) now rests upon the earth.

Poutū-te-rangi (February–March). The crops are now harvested.

Paenga-whāwhā (March–April). All straw is now stacked at the borders of the plantations.

Haratua (April–May). Crops are now stored in pits. The tasks of man are finished.Te Ara- Lunar Calendar in Te Ao Māori

Such beautiful names, ay? Considering these correspond to entirely different times (and thus using them as one would the European solar calendar is inaccurate), I would recommend changing the names of the months used here in their entirety to either transliterations of English solar month names...
Hānuere, Pēpuere, Māehe, Āperira, Mei, Hune, Hūrae, Ākuhata, Hepetema, Oketopa, Noemaa, Tīhema
Or by number (e.g. Marama-toru "third month" and after ten e.g Marama-mā-tahi "Month-and-one" (November)
Maramatahi, Maramarua, Maramatoru, Maramawhā, Maramarima, Maramaono, Maramawhitu, Maramawaru, Maramaiwa, Maramatekau, Maramamātahi, Maramamārua

Thank you. I would be very grateful if you were to consider using your lobbying ability to help make this change happen, if possible.--Aubernas (talk) 11:55, 13 Āperira 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Aubernas, for a previous discussion about this, see Wikipedia:Kōrero#Month and day names, where the proposal was that we switch entirely to the lunar calendar and I didn't think that was practical. As far as I know, the software on this site uses the transliterated months, e.g. in signatures, or in "magic words" such as {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} which produces Hūrae. The use of the lunar months is entirely in the writing of editors, and this could be changed by normal editing. Google Translate incorrectly converts English dates such as 14 April 2022 to 14 Paenga-whāwhā 2022, but we have a policy here of not allowing machine translations (imposed by me by fiat, but no one's ever challenged me on it).
I'm not sure how easy it would be to change lunar dates with a bot or template, as a date of say 14 Haratua will will correspond to different dates using the transliterated months, depending on which year it is.
If you wish the Māori Wikipedia to establish a policy of not using lunar dates in articles in the future (or only using them with a solar/transliterated dates included as well), I suggest you start a new section at Wikipedia:Kōrero, or informally, just use the solar dates yourself and if you notice an article using lunar dates, correct it if you know what the solar date is.-gadfium (talk) 18:25, 13 Āperira 2022 (UTC)[reply]


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Kia ora! Could you update MediaWiki:Common.css to follow the en.wikipedia version, specifically the infobox sections? The current infobox templates don't display proper sizes and contains glitches, so hopefully by updating Common.css, the problem could be solved. Thanks Ultron90 (talk) 19:09, 27 Hune 2023 (UTC)[reply]

That requires more permissions than I have. I could edit it in 2015 but permissions have been tightened since. It wouldn't be a good idea for me to assign those rights to myself when I'm not an expert on the interface css. You'll need to find an interface administrator with global rights. If you don't know how to do that, I'll ask at the stewards IRC channel. Alternatively, if you can show me that you have interface admin rights on another version Wikipedia and have used them to edit common.css, I can give you those rights here.-gadfium (talk) 19:38, 27 Hune 2023 (UTC)[reply]
Oh I see. Unfortunately, I am just a normal user and I don't know how to find an interface administrator. It would be very welcomed if you could get someone to help with updating common.css. But if it's too troublesome, I don't mind letting it stay like that for now. My goal is to just help with making templates so articles can be made more easily when using the translation tool. Thanks for the info btw! Ultron90 (talk) 15:11, 28 Hune 2023 (UTC)[reply]