[Mediawiki-i18n] [Wikimedia-l] ContentTranslation gets to 2000

Jane Darnell jane023 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 5 09:41:13 UTC 2015

This tool is great in theory and sounds wonderful but I am personally
having some trouble putting it into practice.The short video was VERY
helpful, but I am afraid I still ran into some problems on my second
attempt at a translation. Here is a roundup of links:

I decided to translate a short article from Spanish to English but since my
Spanish is almost zero I first tried to change the translation interface to
English but no luck. Then I tried to enable it for my 'Dutch userpage and
got the extension up and running for Spanish-Dutch but couldn't find which
link was the "from" link and the "to" link (a couple of tries and I got the
dashboard up and running). Then I found myself in the Visual editor
(yikes!) and tried to wikify some text with no luck. I then clicked on one
of the reference links and lost my work. I restarted the page and saved
some basics, but was disappointed that there was no translation of the
infobox or the image, which was what I was hoping for.

Here's the original:
Here's the result (all I got was the Wikidata item link, lead sentence and
the category)

Wikimagic added the Dutch infobox already, but shouldn't this be possible
to do from the dashboard?

Thanks for all of your work on this, because I do believe translating
existing content is a direction that I personally want to take in the
Wikiverse in general.


On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 3:23 PM, Amir E. Aharoni <
amir.aharoni at mail.huji.ac.il> wrote:

> [ cross-posted to MediaWiki-i18n, Wikimedia-L and Wikitech-L ]
> Dear Wikimedians,
> The 2000th article that was written using the ContentTranslation extension
> was published today.
> Article #2000 was translated from English to Greek, and it's about Škocjan
> Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Slovenia.
> Original: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%A0kocjan_Caves
> Translated:
> https://el.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%A3%CF%80%CE%AE%CE%BB%CE%B1%CE%B9%CE%B1_%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%85_%CE%A3%CE%BA%CF%8C%CE%BA%CE%B3%CE%B9%CE%B1%CE%BD
> In case you're wondering what ContentTranslation is, here's a brief
> summary: ContentTranslation is an extension that helps Wikipedia editors to
> create articles quickly and easily by translating them from other
> languages. It's being developed by the Language Engineering team. Its
> design started in the summer of 2013 and its coding started in early 2014.
> You can find more info at https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/CX as well as in
> the following blog posts:
> *
> http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/01/10/content-translation-beta-coming-soon/
> * http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/01/20/try-content-translation/
> *
> http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/04/06/content-translation-improved-my-edits/
> * http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/04/08/the-new-content-translation-tool/
> Some more data about ContentTranslation:
> * Our first deployment was in mid-January to Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese,
> Esperanto, Norwegian Bokmal, Danish, Indonesian and Malay. Now we support
> 43 languages, and this number is growing every week as we extend the
> deployment (a special thank-you to the Ops and Release Engineering people,
> who continuously and tirelessly support our deployment effort).
> * In all the Wikipedias in which ContentTranslation is deployed, it is
> currently defined as a Beta feature, which means that it is only available
> to logged-in users who opted into it in the preferences.
> * The 1000th article was written on April 10th, so it took much less to get
> to 2000 than to 1000.
> * The language into which the most articles were translated is Catalan:
> 762. The Catalan Wikipedia community always had a strong inclination to
> translation, it was the first one that volunteered to test the tool in labs
> in the summer of 2014 and provided a lot of useful feedback, and it also
> has good machine translation support thanks to the Freely-licensed Apertium
> engine.
> * The second most popular target language is Spanish. It started slowly in
> the first couple of months, but it's quickly growing since March.
> * Other target languages that are quickly growing lately are French,
> Portuguese and Ukrainian.
> * The language from which the largest number of articles is translated is
> English. It is followed by Spanish, from which a lot of articles are
> translated to the closely related Portuguese and Catalan.
> * The total number of people who published at least one translated article
> into any language is 663.
> * Of more than 2000 articles that were created, about 60 were deleted, so
> we have a reason to think that the quality of the created articles is
> pretty OK.
> * In Catalan we see that ContentTranslation has some influence on the
> number of articles created per day - it was usually between 60 and 90
> before 2015, and in January and February it was over a 100. It's too early
> to say how does it influence other languages, but we are optimistic ;)
> * A community discussion about enabling the tool in the French Wikipedia
> ended with 50 "votes" in support of the tool and 0 "votes" against it ;)
> Some of our plans for the coming months are:
> * Enabling more languages, including big ones like English, Russian and
> Italian, as well as right-to-left languages.
> * Improving the support for links.
> * Creating support for smart suggestions of articles to translate, as well
> as "task lists" for translation projects.
> * Starting to get the tool out of beta status :)
> I'd like to thank all the Wikimedia volunteers around the planet who are
> participating in this effort by translating articles, translating the
> extension's user interface, testing the tool, assisting other wikipedians
> to translate, organizing translation workshops, reporting useful bugs,
> submitting patches, and generally proving day after day what an incredible
> community they are - hard-working, massively-multilingual, helpful,
> patient, creative and talented.
> Thank you - we have a lot more to achieve together \o/
> --
> Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
> http://aharoni.wordpress.com
> ‪“We're living in pieces,
> I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore‬
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