2010/5/22 Rob Lanphier <robla(a)wikimedia.org>rg>:
We fully recognize that the strings we plan to use on
en.wikipedia.orgprobably don't make sense in a lot of different
contexts, even English
language wikis. We really want to get this release out the door, but we
don't want to leave a huge mess in the process. Is there an expedient but
correct-enough approach to solving this problem?
This was suggested on foundation-l by Chad, but I'll repeat it here:
reuse messages as little as possible. If you're using the word
"foobar" in two slightly different meanings and think other languages
might want to translate each instance differently, use two different
messages with the same English content. This allows translators (and
sysops customizing stuff in the MediaWiki: namespace) to use different
translations for each of them.
Roan Kattouw (Catrope)