An international Ido conference in Germany, 1922. Image from Alfred Neussner, public domain.
|“||I switched to Ido Wikimedia because it’s a language that goes into several fundamentals of thinking, something that can be called “scientific”, and has the potential of becoming the pivot language for Europe.||”|
Marc Venot may have only started editing Wikimedia projects in January 2015, but in those eleven months he has accumulated nearly 400,000 edits—over 359,000 of which have been made in the Ido langauge, a constructed language variant of the well-known Esperanto. We interviewed him to gather insight into his editing experience as well as to get know the culture of Ido language projects.
Marc hails from Vancouver in Canada, a major city on the country’s west coast, where he owns several studio apartments that he rents out. Like many Wikimedia editors, Marc was familiar with Wikipedia and used its information often, but was only compelled to join after finding several errors. Although he started with editing the French Wikipedia and Wiktionary, as an ardent linguist his main passion quickly moved to editing Ido Wikimedia projects.
According to him, Ido is a language that hits several fundamentals of thinking and is something that can be called scientific. In fact, Marc believes that it can become the pivot language for Europe, although he’s open to another language like Lojban taking this role.
As one of only four sysops on Ido Wikipedia, Marc stresses that his role is to keep some coherence, notably in the categories and templates. He feels that Ido needs more advanced translation tools to help add more content easily to the different Ido projects. To keep the Ido Wikipedia and Wiktionary updated, Marc reads newspapers in the six languages on which Ido is based. He also looks for words that the Wiktionary currently does not include and how new entries can be added or existing ones can be modified.
Commenting on his Ido Wikimedia colleagues, Marc referred to his colleagues Artomo, hailing from Finland, and João Xavier of Brazil as pillars because of their immense contributions and supportive gestures.
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The medallion from the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission. Image by Godot13, public domain.
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