Thank you @heyhillary, and no worries – we will wait until all the legal nuances are sorted out.
Thank you @daniel.abzakh for sharing the template.
Disclaimer: my only responsibility is preparing the sentences, so I’m not fully aware of all aspects of the process. @Aliaksandr_Sh, who leads the team, may be in a better position to advise on this.
Basically, there exists a non-profit entity say.by whose mission is to support and encourage everyday use of Belarusian, both in personal and professional communication. Within their partnership with a few local companies, say.by offer automated assessment of the employees’ level of proficiency in Belarusian. The test platform includes ASR functionality, which is currently in PoC stage. Common Voice is viewed as a convenient vehicle to collect voice data that would improve this component of the platform. After the Wikipedia export was merged, which unblocked Belarusian in Common Voice, say.by reached out to local media with a press release. Publishing the press release to a total audience of several hundred thousand people provided a strong initial inflow of contributors. A dedicated website was rolled out to provide guidance to new participants and track recording / validation progress for Belarusian. There also exist promotional accounts in Instagram and Telegram, and a contributors’ chat.
One more point: since the 2020 events in Belarus, there has been a surge of participation in various non-governmental initiatives. Common Voice is no exception: while Belarusian language is relatively neglected by the state, supporting one’s native tongue by contributing to Common Voice may be regarded as both a moral high ground and a safe way to express one’s views. This is another factor that drives contribution activity for Belarusian.