Just in order to get the background on the issue. I am rewriting since
Februrary all english help pages in Commons and the large majority does like
my changes and in case not I was able to solve the issues in no time with all
people but Teofilo in a collaborative manner (if you do not count
licensing/deletion flames every admin faces).
@Teofilo: Do you think that Wikimedia foundation list is the right place for
such an issue?
* This small step was not a sudded one (or shall I give you the all the links
discussing that matter since February?).
* There is a debate on the issue at
there is really no need to debate such an issue here.
@Erik: Yes the criterias for doing so are at
created by me ;). For sure they were and will be adapted further with
experience. Of course this page is also prominently linked in several places
in Commons and of course also on Commons IRC topic and I made a lot of
advertising of that page (by the way I badly need many people translating the
first steps tutorial, and yes French is sadly one of the worst supported
languages in Commons).
Currently the hiding affects only static content of pages that have more than
20 translations and only in case certain translations are outdated
("outdated" gets defined as well there and as well also a detailed rationale
why doing so at all).
@Paweł: I don't think that the current solution is the best one but it was the
easiest one. Have a look at the link to Village pump above where I gave more
details. The nicest solution would be a expandable list displaying by default
only the up to date translations but I hesitated doing so as this would
page if you want to access the outdated pages too.
@Delphine: The problem was that at first Commons help pages were just crap
even in english. So since February I'm mainly doing nothing else but totally
rewriting all english Commons help pages and have come quite far. So now a
greater translation call can take place. However I have often advertised it
in the past to others doing more translations of pages that are done
(especially to French people) but success of these translations calls was
@GerardM: Commons bashing does help nobody and is in case of nl.wikipedia also
at least in some cases far from truth have a look at:
(especially my last call and the end of the thread, as otherwise I predict you
that "suddenly" there will be the next nl.wikipedians flame against Commons
because of a severe copyright issue, only nl.wikipedians can solve).
So sorry for the larger post here and I really hope that people just keep the
following in mind:
* Wikimedia Commons is a project faceing many technical difficulties (much
more than Wikipedians can imagine). We have written several essential tools
and interface tweaks on our own but Rome wasn't build in one day...
* Multilinguality in Commons is no easy matter. You always need to keep in
mind that the projects needs to remain maintainable and that creating just
some non-english strings is not enough.
* Many people do upload images in Commons throw them over the wall and forget
about them as they don't want to contribute to the Commons project itself.
Now try to imagine how busy the tiny fraction of active Commons
Daniel Arnold - Arnomane