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Wikipedia Talk:WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia
WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia
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Anyone available?

I am running a project that will involve creating audio resource articles and I want to speak to users with experience. Please let me know if you can help. sandioosesTextMe 09:57, 4 October 2019 (UTC)

@Sandiooses: what do you need help with? - Scarpy (talk) 16:19, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

Depreciating old audio files

Are there any guidelines on when to remove the audio file template from a narrated article? For instance, the narration of William Shakespeare is over a decade old (though, in this case, at least the intro is close to the same). Blue whale's linked narration is from 2006 and is incredibly divergent from the current state of the article. The list goes on.

When do we retire links to narrations? Surely it does not help our visually-impaired readers to provide them with wildly different content from what they would hear if they had a screen reader. Is the argument just "something is better than nothing," or has no one ever set guidance about this? In 2010 that seemed to be the opinion, but that was also nearly a decade ago. anthologetes (talk o contribs) 15:50, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

We can always record a new version. - Scarpy (talk) 16:18, 7 October 2019 (UTC)
The Shakespeare narration was already ~50 minutes long in 2008; if we can't get people to read shorter articles now, I doubt we could turn around a new version within even a year. Is it really preferable to leave significantly out-of-date material up in the hopes that it will be replaced in a reasonable time period? I would argue we are doing a greater disservice to our visually-impaired readers by presenting them with largely non-representative information than if we would take the link down. anthologetes (talk o contribs) 16:33, 7 October 2019 (UTC)
This may sound sarcasitc, but I don't mean it too. Is there anything in the 2008 version that's now incorrect or has change substaintially? Like new information on Shakespeare that has corrected what was in the 2008 article? - Scarpy (talk) 22:05, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

Are weird accents okay?

Hey, I have a funny accent - it's a mixture between Irish and Australian. I don't think my speech is difficult to understand, but I just think it might be a little confusing to English learners, because it'll sound inconsistent to them. Like, generally when you're learning a language you'll stick to one version/dialect of it, you know? Thanks. Watermelon-lemon (talk) 03:59, 29 October 2019 (UTC)

Watermelon-lemon, If you can speak fluent English, it doesn't matter! Spoken resource isn't just for language learners, its also for the visually impaired, and many other folks who prefer to hear things. Accents don't matter to them, so we're glad to have ya recording! And plus for learners, good to hear from a range of accents, as in the real world you don't just hear one accent. Captain Eek Edits Ho Cap'n!? 04:01, 29 October 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for the quick response! Watermelon-lemon (talk) 04:04, 29 October 2019 (UTC)

Watermelon-lemon - but do let us know when you've recorded something, I feel like I want to hear your interesting (definitely not weird!) accent now! :) 09:10, 29 October 2019 (UTC)

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