Language committee

The Wikimedia Foundation language committee is in charge of developing a clear policy and documentation for new language projects and their proposal, processing those requests, and supporting and coordinating new projects to optimize their success.

Historically, it was founded as a subcommittee of the Special Projects Committee. With that committee now defunct, it reports directly to the Wikimedia Board of Trustees.

The Language Committee mainly acts in the Requests for new languages process by reviewing the requests, giving advice and eventually recommending the creation of new language versions to the Board. Individual Langcom members also take care of the proposals for closing projects. If you have any questions (for example about the possible requesting of a new language version), please direct these to the talk page or directly to any member.

This is a proofread version of the original charter with a later amendment authorizing request approval.

If you want to make a proposal to the committee, for example to approve a certain project, please do so on the talk page.

Anyone can follow the discussions of the language committee by subscribing to the public mailing list langcom at, on which the internal proceedings are made. Non-members should generally not participate in discussions. When it is necessary however, they can send a mail which a list administrator will need to accept manually.

Prior to April 2013, the discussions happened on a private mailing list. From June 2011 to April 2013, members of the community could ask to become "langcom observers". They then received copies of the e-mails sent to the internal committee mailing list.

The committee resumed the use of a private mailing list for the discussion of confidential or personal matters in 2017.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please send an email to langcom(_AT_) or contact any member in private.

This is an unofficial log of the committee's progress. For a log of requests and closures, see requests for new languages.