[Translators-l] Translate "Wikimedia Foundation" or not?
A. Özgür Erdemli
dbl2010 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 30 19:19:43 UTC 2006
In Turkish I translated it but also wrote the original name in parenthesis
only one tıme where ıt fırst appears. Like:
Wikimedia Vakfı (Wikimedia Foundation)
"Wikimedia Vakfı" on rest of the text.
On 12/30/06, Mohamed Ibrahim <mido.architect at gmail.com> wrote:
> In Arabic we do translate as well --> مؤسسة ويكيميديا
> however, some people transliterate it into Arabic --> ويكيميديا فونداشين
> but the main way used on Meta right now or on WMF site is the first
> check [[Foundation (charity)]]  entry on Wikipedia, I can see WMF is
> defined as a foundation not a company.
> A foundation is a type of philanthropic or charitable organization set up
> by individuals or institutions as a legal entity (a corporation or trust)
> with the purpose of distributing grants to support causes in line with the
> goals of the foundation or as a charitable entity that receives grants in
> order to support a specific activity or activities of charitable purpose. Wikimedia
> Foundation, Inc., parent organization of Wikipedia, is an example of the
> On 12/30/06, Pedro Sanchez <pdsanchez at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 12/30/06, habj <sweetadelaide at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Different languages translate real names to varying degree. Do you
> > > translate the name "Wikimedia Foundation" to your individual
> > > languages, or do you leave it as it is?
> > >
> > > For a start, I did translate "Foundation" to "Stiftelsen" ("Wikimedia
> > > Foundation" => "stiftelsen Wikimedia"). I took Wikimedia for the name,
> > > and "foundation" as a description. Then I was told that WMF
> > > technically actually is not a foundation, but a non-commercial
> > > company. If the WMF actually is not a foundation it seems misleading
> > > to translate the word "Foundation", and anyhow translations of true
> > > names is a troublesome business. Currently I most of the time
> > > abbreviate it "WMF", which seems smoother than writing "Wikimedia
> > > Foundation" over and over in Swedish text.
> > >
> > > Has this been discussed anywhere? Has the Board, or anyone else,
> > > voiced opinions?
> > >
> > > /HB
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> > In spanish we do translate it "Wikimedia Foundation" -> "Fundación
> > Wikimedia"
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