In the Project Tiger 2.0 conducted by Wikimedia Foundation and Goggle, in national level 331 participants in 16 languages contributed 13,490 articles, of which Tamil Wikipedia with 62 participants contributed 2959 articles and got the first place. With 260 articles I got the ninth place in national level and third place in Tamil Nadu. I feel happy to share the experiences of my participation.
Recently Wikipedia organised three competitions viz., Project Tiger 2.0 (10 Oct 2019 -10 January 2020), Wikipedia Asian Month 2019 (1 November 2019 - 7 December 2019) and Wiki women for Women Wellbeing (1 November 2019 -10 January 2020). Out of these competitions, in the Project Tiger 2.0, Tamil language bagged the first place. The articles should have been written with more than 300 words, excluding templates, information box (infobox), references and so on.
Tamil language at the helm
In the Project Tiger 2.0 of Tamil edition, 62 contributors wrote 2959 articles and Tamil got the first place. Punjabi (Gurmukhi) got the second place (1768 articles) and Bengali, the third place (1460), followed by Urdu (1377), Santali (566), Hindi (417), Telugu (416), Kannada (249), Malayalam (229), Marathi (220), Assamese (205), Gujarati (202), Odia (155), Tulu (32) and Sanskrit (19).
During the time of the competition the contributors evinced much interest and totally involved themselves in the herculean task with no stone left unturned. Their one and only aim was to get the Tamil the first place, and they succeeded in their attempt. It was very interesting to see that many newcomers and youngsters took much efforts to attain the main goal. Jury members guided and helped in many ways during the time of writing. They were very particular the standard of the articles should be upto mark.
Third place (Tamil Wikipedia) and Ninth place (National level)
For the Project Tiger 2.0 I wrote 260 articles and got the ninth place in national level (331 contributors) and third place in Tamil Nadu (62 contributors). I convey my thanks to my Wikipedia friends and well wishers who encouraged me in this task.
Balasubramanian (599) got the first place followed by G.Sridhar, (second place/ 492), B.Jambulingam (third place/260), Fathima Rinosa (fourth place/237 articles), and Vasantha Lakshmi (fifth place/217). This list has 62 participants who contested. For this contest I wrote articles on Museums, Archives, Art Galleries and Science Centres and Libraries in India and in Tamil Nadu which were not found in Tamil Wikipedia.
|Third place in Tamil Wikipedia (Total contributors 62)|
|Ninth place in national level (Total contributors 331), Rank lists courtesy: Neechalkaran aka Rajaraman|
|Courtesy: J. Balaji|
Articles in Tamil Wikipedia will be of very helpful not only to common people but also to researchers and subject experts for reference. My earnest desire is that articles on all subjects should have a place in Tamil language. To reach that goal I am now translating many articles from English Wikipedia, from English into Tamil. In the meantime I am improving the articles, written by me and others, in Tamil Wikipedia adding more information with relevant links. By this way I am trying to update the information. Wherever necessary I am uploading the photographs, in Wikicommons, taken by me during the field trips. I have uploaded nearly 1,500 photographs. I welcome newcomers to join in Tamil Wikipedia and start writing. With the advice of senior Wikipedians and friends my journey will continue.
My memorable moments in Wikipedia:
2014: Started writing and editing in Tamil Wikipedia from July 2014. (As on date wrote 994 articles)
2015: Tamil Wikipedia featured me in its first page. It increased my interest of writing in Wikipedia.
First page of Tamil Wikipedia, 2015
2015: Started writing and editing in English Wikipedia from May 2015. (As on date wrote 147 articles)
2015: Awarded for my contribution in Tamil Wikipedia at the Bloggers Meet held in Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu.
2017: In the contest held during 2017 (1 January 2017-31 January 2017) I wrote 253 articles and got third place Wiki Trophy. Many of the articles were on the Temples of Tamil Nadu.
My earlier articles/interviews on Tamil Wikipedia:
November 2015 :
Writer of 250 articles in Tamil Wikipedia: The New Indian Express
March 2017 :
விக்கிபீடியா போட்டியில் மூன்றாமிடம் பிடித்த தமிழ்ப் பல்கலைக் கழக கண்காணிப்பாளர் : தினமணி (Third place in Wikipedia, Dinamani, Tamil daily)
(A wonderful user in Wikipedia, Puthia Thalaimurai, Tamil weekly)