Forums > Senate Hall archive > SH Archive/Spoken Articles and...dare I say it...Podcasts?

One of the nicest, and most underused and enforced features of Wikipedia is the spoken article. For those of you who don't know, a spoken article is an audio file...of someone reading out the article. I think that we could implement this feature on Wookieepedia. For some users, I'm sure reading can be a chore...not so for me, but for others perhaps. So, if we could get people to make these audio files, we might just increase accessibility. And, who knows, from there, we could create Podcast shows. I'm not sure what the costs involved are, but we could do a format similair to The Official Star Wars Fact File, and do a series of 6 articles for each show; each article being of a different type, be it Battles & Events, Characters, Planets & Locations, Droids, Weapons & Technology and Vehicles. .... 21:54, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

  • Uh...this is a little weird. This aint showing up in the Senate. .... 22:49, 5 January 2007 (UTC)
    • Actually, I started writing an outline for a Wookieeproject for spoken articles a while ago. I dropped it because I got busy at work and other things I had to take care of first. StarNeptuneTalk to me! 05:41, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
      • I almost started writing a propostion for it myself this evening. It is your destiny, fourdot. --Wildyoda-talk-contribs-Yoda cartoon 05:49, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
        • Almost forgot: here is the half finished proposal link. StarNeptuneTalk to me! 05:53, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
          • Interesting idea. One difficulty could be the pronunciation of Star Wars terms though. Most don't have a set pronunciation. --Eyrezer 06:21, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
            • Ouch, didn't think of that. Now that you mention it, a good portion of the stuff we read, we probably "pronounce" in our heads totally differently than how the authors intended it and from how someone else might. I wonder how many articles we'd actually have with NO disputes of pronunciation just amongst wookieepedians. I doubt it would be many. --Wildyoda-talk-contribs-Yoda cartoon 07:55, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
              • In the case of unknown pronunciations, I say that we just have the reader pronounce as he/she wants, because we can't be sure on that. Besides, pronunciations differ from country to country, so.... .... 08:08, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
  • I'd like to see someone try to pronounce J'ywz'gnk Kchhllbrxcstk Et'nrmdndlcvtbrx. ;) -- Riffsyphon1024 08:12, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
    • I don't like to blow my own trumpet, but I can pronounce those vowel-less Zahn-esque names pretty well. .... 08:15, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
      • Another funone would be Bhoggihalysahonues, but it at least has vowels. I agree that it could work most times with the readers pronouncing it as they think fit. --Eyrezer 00:42, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
        • What would Microsoft Sam make of those names? :P —Xwing328(Talk) 00:47, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
          • Tried MS Sam with J'ywz'gnk Kchhllbrxcstk Et'nrmdndlcvtbrx. It reads out all the apostrophes and says most of the letters individually. Though it does make an effort at pronouncing the nrmdndlcvtbrx part. Green Tentacle (Talk) 14:06, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
            • Yes, well, I'm sure we will find our way around Mr. Yohwaza and Vowelless Zahn names. Shall I give this a go in the CT? .... 08:10, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
  • Well, I guess only native speakers of English would qualify as readers, since this wiki is in English. KEJ 21:31, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
  • What articles are close enough to being complete that you'd record? Even our featured articles that contain all the relevant canon information still need an encyclopedic tone (rather than, "Mr. X did Z. Then he went to Planet W."). — SparqMan Talk 21:38, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
    • We would have to do a bit of copyediting of articles before they became Spoken Articles. It would be a joint effort. .... 21:40, 8 January 2007 (UTC)


I don't know if everyone caught it, but StarNeptune uploaded a demo of an audio article for Mirta Gev. Have a listen. --Eyrezer 06:38, 14 January 2007 (UTC)