At 04:16 AM 10/11/02 -0700, Jimbo wrote:
Krzysztof P. Jasiutowicz wrote:
I am sure Polish Wikipedians would regard it as a
to be reduced to mere translators of English (other languages?)
articles. I think we have created a relatively small but precious
Wikipedia with some remarkably good articles.
I think Cunc will gladly take back the word "translation". I think he was
just speaking loosely there.
The way I see it is that the Wikipedia is one project with many
languages. The individual language wikipedias are not separate
projects, but part of the large family. But neither are they merely
We are united by the fundamental goals: NPOV, openness, encyclopedic
I am opposed to the idea, for example, that an article in Spanish about
the Spanish-American war should be in any way fundamentally different
from an article in English about the same war. There's no need for
them to be translations of each other, of course. But they should
contain the same information, and both should be free of bias.
An interesting example. I would expect an article in Spanish to have
more to say about the effects on Cuba and Puerto Rico, and maybe
less on Hearst; an article in Tagalog would probably spend more space
on the results for the Philippines. Yes, in theory space is infinite. In
practice, we cut articles up when they get too long, so there are choices
to make on what is in the article and what's moved to an external link.
Multilingual people can read both and notice
discrepancies and bring
the articles into line with each other.
More to the point, given finite human energy and the severe flaws in current
machine translation techniques, I don't expect anyone to translate all the
stubs on US counties into Polish any time soon.