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Anonymous registered users on Indic Wikimedia projects

Wikipedia is made and contributed by one of the biggest communities on the internet, yet, 79% of the total community members are identified by only one name,”Wikipedian”, apart from their respective usernames. They don’t identify who they are, where they are from, what their gender maybe, yet Wikipedians are one of the kindest and welcoming community on the internet and there are not a single question in the planet that cannot be answered on a Reference Desk of English Wikipedia by “Wikipedians”. Though some Wikipedians provide information about themselves on their Userpage and sometimes some users have their username resembling their real names but most the time, those are just so little information that nothing can be deduced about who they really are. That’s the nature of how Wikipedia works, Wikipedia does not need anyone to disclose their identity, everyone is treated in the same way without any discrimination.

Unlike English Wikipedia, Indic language Wikipedias are made by much smaller communities and due to the concise nature, each member knows everyone from their community in real life, perhaps they all gathered in a conference?  In July 2016, during the WikiConference India, Indic wikipedians gathered in Chandigarh, which brought almost everyone in one place, however, their are some people even in the Indic community who are truly anonymous. What we know of them are just their usernames and contributions. They are the unsung heros of Wikipedia. Recently, in March 2017, we finally had a recognition of one such unsung hero who goes by the username “User:SM7”. SM7 is a Bhojpuri and Hindi language Wikipedian who has been contributing on Wikipedia for over 6 years. There are other such registered editors on Indic language Wikipedias who are like SM7.

On Punjabi language Wikipedia there are two such editors. User:Malwinder25 is one of them, registered on 2015, they have since made over 16 hundred global edits; significantly on Punjabi Wikipedia. Apart from their username which indicates their Indic origin they are totally anon, according to Malwinder 25’s userpage, they are just “An avid Wikipedian….”.

The other Punjabi Wikipedian, “User:Balvindra Kathuria” is another such editor who have not revealed much information about themselves,* they may not even live in India, we don’t know, their contributions may not be in thousands but their little contributions helps the project to grow.

On Hindi Wikipedia, apart from SM7, there is another such anon-registered user who goes by the username “स”. स is a Hindi alphabet. The userpage of the user does not give any information about the user, neither their contributions give any geographic indication of their location, however, their contributions signifies that they are working for the betterment of the Indic-projects, making them a member of the Indian community. Since registering on September 2016, they have contributed on more than one Indic-language Wikipedia. In just seven months they have made over 2100 edits, as of May 2017.

Bengali Wikipedia, being contributed by people from distinct geographic locations, the number of unsung heros are more than any other Wikipedia. On a cursory look we have found at least three established editors, “User:আদিব এহসান”, “User:খালিদ সাইফ” and “User:Parvezahmed” who chose not to reveal their identity.

“User:আদিব এহসান”, editor with more than 2,400 edits on Bengali Wikipedia appeared to be based somewhere in Bangladesh. Though “User:খালিদ সাইফ” has over 1,700 edits, they don’t have a user page. “User:Parvezahmed” has a very interesting user page, where we saw Jimmy Wales peeping out from one side of the page and a bouncing Wikipedia logo in the bottom. The editor appeared to be from somewhere in Bangladesh who has over 1500 edits on Bengali Wikipedia. This people are unknown to the local Bengali user-group, but their contributions make them a significant part of the community.

“User:Malikaveedu” who got so much recognition for their good contributions as evidenced on their user-page, has never revealed their identity among the Malayalam community members even after registering 7 years from now (2017). They have made over 4,100 positive contributions on Malayalam Wikipedia and is still actively working to expand the scope of the project.

“User:Praveenp” another Malayalam Wikipedian who is believed to be anon-registered user. Not many people on the Malayalam community knows the person in real life. However, they are a highly respected and established Wikipedian. Registered over 9 ago, they have made over 22 thousand global edits and has been a bureaucrat on Malayalam Wikipedia  for a very long time. According to their Wikimedia Commons’s userpage they identify themselves to be something like this: Credit Praveenp or this:  Credit Praveenp

 

Jokes apart, he has been an awesome contributor, though unsung, in both Commons and Malayalam Wikimedia projects.

 

Sysop on Malayalam Wikipedia and Malayalam Wikisource, we know the guy by only their username – “Manuspanicker”. They have been actively working on Malayalam WikiProjects for over 5 years now but they are widely unknown like User:Praveenp. As an unsung hero, they made over 28 thousand global edits.

In some Wikimedia projects like Odia language Wikipedia, there aren’t any anon-registered editors. But on the whole Indic-community there is an estimated 6% registered editors who prefers to stay hidden. We should not try to deduce their identity if they feel bothered but we should recognize their good contributions with barnstars and kind messages.

If you’re aware about any such unsung hero, please help us give them the recognition they deserve.

Please nominate them here.

*However, someone from the Punjabi Wikipedia community may know them.