What is firicat?
Firicat is an online Wolof-English dictionary, where everyday speakers of the Wolof language can actually add words
Who are you, and why are you doing this?
My name is Amran Gaye, and I am a Gambian programmer who's interested in the Wolof language.
But if just anyone can add words, doesn't it mean firicat will have lots of errors in it?
No - we have a dedicated team of moderators who decide on the validity of each word before it gets in. (To join this team, see 'How can
I participate?' below)
But what's the financial model behind this? How is it paid for? How do you make massive profits off it?
I did all the programming on firicat myself, and bought the domain name. Then I managed to talk my friend Tal into giving me free hosting.
Everything else - from people adding words, to the moderation system - is run by a group of volunteers. In short, everyone involved in this
is doing it for love.
How can I participate?
You can participate by:
- Using the dictionary, and sending me your comments, criticisms, etc. These are very much needed in order to keep improving firicat.
- Adding words to the dictionary. This will ensure firicat will keep growing.
- Joining the team of moderators: if you are a Wolof speaker, and think you can decide which words are REAL wolof, and which are not, drop
me a line stating why you think you'll make a good moderator.
- Joining the team of developers: If you're a developer interested in working with Ruby on Rails, again drop me a line stating your
How was firicat.com built
Firicat.com was built using the very excellent Ruby on Rails web framework. The Peace Corps kindly allowed me to use a Wolof to English dictionary they had been working on to seed the database.
Where do I send my questions/queries/request, etc?
amrangaye at gmail dot com
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