The fundraiser serial seems to be a never-ending story. Functions have now been
"enhanced" (meaning they added a line in the ad and recycled an outdated video
no-one but English speakers can make any use of). I think it's the old one, at least
it really looks like that and no, I didn't bother to look at it. My target audience
doesn't speak English, why should I care about the video?
Once again, translators had to know about the "new release" more or less
casually (thank en-wikizine if you can exploit me for free once more), because as always
NOBODY cared sending just a stupid mail to the admins to let them know that at a certain
date their UIs were going to be changed from the angelic "federal top-layer" up
there in the skies. This time the treasure hint was to be found in an annotation on a user
page (see http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Cbrown1023/Donate
). Great! Louis
Stevenson surely was a Wikimedia translator before writing about Long John Silver and the
treasury maps... :))))))))))))) Next time I humbly suggest you encrypt the instructions in
a jpg and upload it to commons, with a nice hint like "details to be found encrypted
in a famous gothic bell-tower". No, don't say which one... the fun is all in
searching, why should you spoil it?
You don't want to send mails, right? Then maybe you heard about a marvel called
"newsletter". Not yet another list from which I will unsubscribe asap because it
loads my mailbox with tons of flames I have no interest in reading. Just a SLIM thing
telling me IN ADVANCE what's gonna happen. Hopefully in this fundraiser there will be
money enough for that much revolutionary hi-tech gear.
As it turned out, the whole "enhanced text" is but a recooking of what already
was there since long PLUS an endless number of repetitions of the very same strings, which
make the job somewhat insulting for anyone who was supposing to deal with an IT tool. But
that's the obvious part. Slaves aren't paid, so it doesn't matter how many
hours they throw away, right? Why should programmers be told that when you have the same
value repeating all over again you SHOULD make it centralized somewhere and ensure
consistency while saving other people's time? That would be annoying, much better to
have the slaves sweat for free. That's what slaves are for, after all.
Once again we had to repeat over and over again everything about tax deduction in the US
to a public of people who cannot care less about it, with the only obvious result of
giving the impression that you should NOT donate, unless you are American (as rules are
obviously designed NOT for you)... Well, it *may* sound surprising to many a marketing
genius, but localization actually means a bit more than writing "Big Mac and
Cola" in another alphabet...
Forget it. The campaign is fantastic, whoever done it should be given the Nobel Prize.
Just avoid making 666 more "brilliant new releases" within next week in order to
change position to a couple of commas, okay? Consider it a New Year's present to
translators. Just freeze the stupid thing.
Did I make the translation? Sure I did. It's uploaded somewhere in a small wiki, out
there in cyberspace. I'll tell en wikizine where it is, just before next month's
number. Seriously. :)))))))))))))
Happy New Year to you, too.
Bèrto ‘d Sèra
Personagi dl’ann 2006 për l’arvista american-a Time (tanme tuti vojàotri)