Proposal: Samoan Language

The Sanskrit language proposal is looking after 2 months like it won't get enough attention to survive the Definition phase, and discussions have already been started about whether it should be broadened to "Sanskritic languages" or combined with Tamil in a proposal called "languages of the south asian sub-continent".

Seeing that a popular language in a country with more than 1 billion people, is struggling to gain enough traction to get through the definition phase, would you consider broadening the scope of this proposal to Samoan and related languages?


We may consider this. I've seen this same suggestion regarding Tamil and "Sanskritic languages" before. There are others in the community that would like to support languages of the South Pacific such as Togan, Fijian, Tahitian, Hawaiian, etc. We'll take your suggestion into consideration.

  • I have myself brought a proposal through the Definition stage recently, and while it's not hard to attract 60 followers, it can be hard to get 40 questions with 10 upvotes, because each user has a maximum of 5 upvotes, but no maximum to the number of downvotes; and believe me, there's people that go through every question and downvote every single one of them just to make it harder for your proposal to go through. For each user that downvotes 40 questions, you need 8 new users using all 5 of their upvotes to compensate for that. Trust me it's not easy to make it through Definition. – user1271772 Jan 3 at 21:12
  • I'd recommend "Languages of the Pacific islands" and to do it sooner rather than later so that new questions about Fijian, Tahitian, etc. can be added while the proposal is not too heavily weighted towards one language. That's the problem with Sanskrit right now.... if we change to Sanskritic languages, how are the new questions going to be able to balance the 50+ questions already asked. I would say "Pacific" rather than "south Pacific" because hawaii is not exactly south. – user1271772 Jan 3 at 21:14
  • Thanks for the heads up. I would hope that others would use downvotes to help shape the definition of the forum topic. It is a community effort after all. It is also helpful to know that upvotes take longer than follows. Though Hawaii is commonly referred to as the "easternmost" region of the South Pacific, I do see your point about broadening the scope to the entire Pacific area. Polynesian languages generally follow a similar pattern and sentence structure. I will reach out to an expert to see what surrounding countries match. – Shane Gramlich Jan 3 at 21:37
  • You got 10 followers and the proposal was closed. I warned you that you'd want to broaden the scope a bit! – user1271772 Feb 14 at 0:05
  • There are many factors at play here. Broadening the scope may or may not have helped. We will continue to build our community and resubmit the proposal at a later date. As a side note, your specific downvote actually yielded productive discussion in our community. Thanks for spending the effort to follow our proposal. – Shane Gramlich Feb 14 at 0:34
  • What specific downvote? I highly doubt I downvoted anything. I highly highly doubt that I downvoted, because the total number of upvotes and downvotes of a user is public information, and I do not want to be seen as someone that downvotes (or upvotes) a lot, and since I was 99% sure this proposal would not succeed, I figure it would be a waste to downvote on something that doesn't matter in the end. I looked at the proposal and see that I made this comment: "I also see no reason why it should be downvoted. – user1271772 Jan 5 at 17:47" I might have upvoted to cancel the -1. – user1271772 2 days ago

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