[Translators-l] FDC Elections Banner Translations

Trần Nguyễn Minh Huy minhhuywiki at gmail.com
Sat May 2 14:54:52 UTC 2015

I see, I am impressed by the WMF's efforts for translaton work of this
election. However, I think there should be a public announcement for
translators who signed in Special:TranslatorSignUp, or maybe it has been
mentioned in a public site but I have missed. :)

Trần Nguyễn Minh Huy (<
Supporter, Vietnames Wikimedia Projects

2015-05-02 21:37 GMT+07:00 James Alexander <jalexander at wikimedia.org>:

> Just to clarify: The reason they wanted it as translated as possible is to
> make it easier for more, non English speaking, communities to participate
> in the election in their native language and understand what's happening.
> James Alexander
> Community Advocacy
> Wikimedia Foundation
> (415) 839-6885 x6716 @jamesofur
> On Sat, May 2, 2015 at 7:33 AM, James Alexander <jalexander at wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>> On Sat, May 2, 2015 at 7:20 AM, Minata Hatsune <minatahatsune at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> I am a translator working on Vietnamese language. I was surprised to see
>>> the translation in the two links above is done correctly (although I've
>>> edited a bit for more understandable). It's not like someone has used
>>> Google Translate or other machine translation tools.
>>> The translator is https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Varnent. I am
>>> curious whether he also understands this language? Despite his personal
>>> page did not show it. I also have the same questions with the Vietnamese
>>> translation of Call for candidates
>>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015/Call_for_candidates/vi>.
>>> It was done by a staff of WMF (Azariv), and I don't think he could
>>> understand a strange language such as Vietnamese. I am active in many
>>> Wikimedia projects in Vietnamese, but had never seen him before.
>> Hi Minata,
>> The board had as one of it's goals this year to have as much translated
>> as possible for the board and FDC Elections (especially the board
>> elections) because of that they asked me to pay for some professional
>> translations for some targeted languages (mostly popular languages in
>> different areas of the world, my boss Philippe picked them earlier for the
>> strategy consultation a couple months ago) and Vietnamese was one of them.
>> To be honest I've found community members make the best translations
>> (especially given that some words are Wikimedia specific) but given the
>> large amount of text and the short time schedule the elections have we
>> wanted to ensure we'd get some translations in on time and allow community
>> members to do the quick fixes that make it more understandable and that
>> much better. Both Alex (Azariv) and Varnent were plugging those paid
>> translations in.
>> James Alexander
>> Community Advocacy
>> Wikimedia Foundation
>> (415) 839-6885 x6716 @jamesofur
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