User talk:Afrikaans speaker
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In entries, Translingual comes first, then English (because this is English Wiktionary), then all other languages alphabetically. So Afrikaans follows English. Thanks! --Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 20:18, 21 July 2012 (UTC)
- OK, I've fixed them all. Also, make sure you get your translations right, please. Tsjad is Chad in English, for example. --Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 20:32, 21 July 2012 (UTC)
Checking your edits
It might interest you to know that all new edits show up on a list (labeled as "recent changes", on the side of the page), and there's an extra flag for admins to keep track of whether an admin has checked them. That means that most edits get checked pretty quickly for basic formatting errors, although we tend to leave matters of language content for those with knowledge of the language in question. The huge volume of stuff to be checked means people don't always stop to explain things- which can be unnerving. Your error rate is not bad at all: it's better then mine, when I started actively editing 6 months ago (though my range of edits was a bit more ambitious). There's a huge amount of information to absorb in order to do basic stuff, but you can contribute quite a lot even so.
My best advice is to read all the pages linked to in the welcome message, learn from corrections to your edits, and don't take things personally- they're rarely meant that way. Honesty and willingness to learn go a long way here, even if a lot of people here aren't good at letting you know how you're doing when you're not making mistakes. Chuck Entz (talk) 20:58, 21 July 2012 (UTC)
- Right. My knowledge of the language isn't that what is in question. My knowledge of Wiktionary format is. I'll have a closer look at our current batch of Afrikaans words (and Dutch too, I could probably help out there) and the things at the top of my page, and I'll start filling in some glaring omissions in no time. --Afrikaans speaker (talk) 14:21, 30 July 2012 (UTC)