Subject-Was: Off-topic, but I must share this
"David Gerard" <dgerard(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
2009/4/24 Angela Anuszewski
So, what happens when this site starts profiting
off material they lifted
from Wikipedia without crediting the original authors and conforming to
GFDL (or whatever license that Wikipedia winds up with?)
These blogs and sites are typically put up by spammers. They use
machine-translated content so as not to trigger Google's duplicate
Maybe google should run a mechanical grammar critic over everything. I would
not mind the convenience of one on wikipedia at all, because it would save
me a lot of keystrokes trying to explain any changes I could theoretically
make. Good ones hav a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunning_fog_index
with commentary about why some words raise that index -- the lower the
better, and it's hard to bring one down to eight.
The only disadvantage is that active voice makes a cleaner translation, so
the more wikipedia's readability improves, the better the mechanical
translation. I do not think it would make a big statistical difference,
though. If google tuned and rated their fog index nicely, then bloggers of
the plain English variety would like the rating changes, too.
I feel like cross-posting this to alt.usage.english, and I see no convenient
way to do that, today.
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