[Translators-l] Ready for early translation: Tech News #40 (2015)

Purodha Blissenbach purodha at blissenbach.org
Sat Sep 26 06:48:43 UTC 2015


On 25.09.2015 23:34, Johan J├Ânsson wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 10:37 PM, Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
> <nwilson at wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>> On 25.09.2015 21:59, Purodha Blissenbach wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Hi,
>>>>
>>>>> There will be a new beta feature that ...
>>>>
>>>> under the heading 'Changes this week' is a contradiction. Either 
>>>> it
>>>> is there since this week, or it will be there in the future but 
>>>> not
>>>> this week.
>>>>
>>
>> Hi,
>> I wrote the "new beta feature" line with the future tense, to match 
>> the
>> recurring "The new version of MediaWiki will be on [...]" item 
>> above. This
>> seemed logical to me, because when the message is delivered on 
>> Monday the
>> feature will not yet be available, but will become available during 
>> the week
>> (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday) as the deployments roll out to each 
>> group of
>> wikis. I think that is the intended use of that section, but 
>> possibly I've
>> misunderstood?
>> Hmmm, I've now looked through the last few issues, and I see a 
>> slight mix of
>> present and future tense in the "Changes this week" section (e.g #34 
>> says
>> "You can soon watch when something is added to or removed from a 
>> category"),
>> but mostly present tense. I agree this is worth 
>> clarifying/standardizing in
>> future issues.
>> HTH, Quiddity
>
> I've previously mainly been using "now" but changed everything under
> "changes this week" to the future tense because there has been some
> confusion: when it's delivered on the Monday, editors have gone
> looking for a certain feature or change they have been promised in 
> the
> present tense, only to find it hasn't been deployed yet and won't be
> until e.g. Thursday.

Strangely enough, I had always silently understood "this week" as the 
week
of my translation, neither the deployment of the newsletter nor the 
deployment
the features. So, yes, it should be future tense on Mondays - although 
- if
people go to try it after reading, they may find features are not yet 
deployed,
get frustrated and hateful :-) So why not have "Changes gone life last 
week"
or so, giving people experienes of success, since we can be sure that 
tings
work at once for them?

Purodha




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