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ElaKiri, also known as ElaKiri.com is a virtual collaborative community launched by a group of Sri Lankans in April 2006, (Elakiri.com was first registered on: 16 March 2004.) which is aimed at creating a platform for members to share knowledge covering a large number of topics. Primarily for the convenience of members, these topics have been categorized under different forums. Members are required to ask questions, answer other users’ questions and share their knowledge in the specific forums that have been designated. Under each forum heading, the topics in discussion are sub-categorized into "threads", each consisting of a series of messages followed by a main topic.
ElaKiri’s membership base is largely concentrated on Sri Lankan users, including a large number of Sri Lankans living abroad. Site guidelines are influenced mainly by Sri Lankan cultural values, as such any violation of these guidelines may lead to automatic cancellation of ones membership. The site allows any user to open an account upon presenting a valid email address. To encourage active participation, ElaKiri recognizes its members with various levels of seniority depending on the number of posts that each user has made. Users are allowed to use Sinhala or English languages to post in threads.
Apart from its stated objective of creating a virtual Sri Lankan community, ElaKiri also makes arrangements for its members to meet in real community gatherings. Its membership base, as of 9 August 2009 was 197,373 members, with this number growing every day. It is currently the 8th most visited web site in Sri Lanka. It is the largest of Sri Lankan online communities originated in Sri Lanka.
The literal meaning of the word "Elakiri" in Traditional Sinhala is cow's milk. But in colloquial Sinhala it has more dominant meaning as an adjective and sometimes as a noun to describe something very delightful or fantastic. At the time of founding of the site it had become very popular word among the youth, which had helped through the publicity of the site.
The server side scripting used in Elakiri is PHP. This site have been constructed by using vBulletin portal. Therefore this site design is same as most of the forums by vBulletin. While the core design incorporates all the features and facilities of vBulletin, ElaKiri is built on a custom built theme and its appearance and unique site structure makes it stand out from other similar Sri Lankan forums.
Forum and Blog
The Elakiri forum is one of the major features of Elakiri. Each member may get a title according to the number of posts they add to the forum. The posting to forums is limited only to the members who has an valid account.
- ElaKiri Official Website
- ElaKiri Interactive Radio
- ElaKiri Youtube Channel
- ElaKiri Facebook Page
- ElaKiri Community- Members list