[Wikimediaindia-l] Google Translation on Indian language Wikipedias & Paid editing

CherianTinu Abraham tinucherian at gmail.com
Fri Feb 4 07:01:07 UTC 2011

   Yesterday I was asked some tricky questions by a journo. They were
something like this :

*" Does the surge of number of Indian language Wikipedia articles has
anything to do with paid translations by Google ?"*
*"Why should regular Wikipedians be motivated to contribute when Google pays
to do the same ?"*

I didn't answer them due to the sensitivity of the issue. But I am now
curious on a statistical point of view.

I am not referring to the philosophical question on whether paid editing is
good or bad.

But is there a way to find how many of the articles created in last year
were created by normal editors/bots and Google translators in each of the
Indian language Wikipedias? Somebody told me , the translators are supposed
to leave the translate URLs of Google in the edit summaries to get paid?

Which are the languages on which Google translations are happening ? I know
it happens on Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu, at least.  Any other ? I
know it is banned to Bengali & Malayalam.

Tinu Cherian
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