[Wikimedia-l] Translation of documents [was: Request for consultation on proposed guidelines relating to potential conflicts of interest in requesting Wikimedia resources]
christophe.henner at gmail.com
Fri Dec 21 15:27:04 UTC 2012
Changing topic to keep the COI thread on-topic :)
I understand it's frustrating to have these texts only in english, but
could you also please try to get things from WMF perspective?
In what languages should it translated? The most spoken in the world?
The top 10 active communities? The top 10 editing community? The top
10 growing community? All of them? And if they pick 10 languages, it
won't end the moaning.
And translating all the documents in 10 or 20 languages would be quite
expensive in the end, would it be the best use of donors money?
Isn't the issue in how we organize ourselves, in the movement (and
that includes everyone from community members to wikimedia
organizations) to handle translations? Perhaps the best way to do it
would be to have an automated translating script. Wouldn't be perfect,
but it would provide a raw translation and if the community wants to
get involved they just have to fix the automatic translation.
I don't know though how hard it would be to code that kind of things?
We could perhaps use Google Translate (even if it's a paying service
it doesn't seem that expensive
On 21 December 2012 16:14, Mbingu Safidi <mginbu.safidi at gmail.com> wrote:
> I see. A text only in English is very welcome to other communities
> know there is a consultation.
> On 21 December 2012 13:09, Philippe Beaudette <pbeaudette at wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> Yes. From the linked page:"We encourage international participation,
>> and, if more time is needed to allow for translations or comments, we
>> want to take that into consideration."
>> So please, yes!
>> Philippe Beaudette
>> Director, Community Advocacy
>> Wikimedia Foundation, Inc
>> On Dec 21, 2012, at 9:07 AM, Mbingu Safidi <mginbu.safidi at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> is Wikimedia Foundation interested in involving communities that don't
>>> speak English in this consultation?
>>> Thank you,
>>> On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM, Geoff Brigham <gbrigham at wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>>> *Hi all, *
>>>> *We are asking for community consultation on five proposed guidelines
>>>> relating to potential conflicts of interest when people ask for resources
>>>> belonging to the Wikimedia movement.
>>>> For your review and comments, you may find more information, a proposed
>>>> Board resolution, and the proposed guidelines here:
>>>> Please feel free to join the discussion on the talk page:
>>>> Thank you for your time and expertise.
>>>> Geoff Brigham
>>>> General Counsel
>>>> Wikimedia Foundation
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