[Translators-l] [Wmf-strategy-selection] Wikimedians
meta.sj at gmail.com
Fri Oct 2 02:17:01 UTC 2009
I know what you mean about posting to VPs being hard. It need not be
so difficult, however. We've talked about setting up a global
announcement tool that would do the same.
Switching to a public forum: this seems like something to bring up on
the wikimediameta-l list (and perhaps the translation coordination)
list. This is a specific, commonly requested, and rarely accomplished
task. In effect:
1. define the ~500 wikis that are 'active' and that we'd like to send
2. define the Village Pump page or equivalent for every page. So if
non exist, the main talk page; &c.
3. keep an announcement script running that uses a non-bot wiki user
to post updates to these. given an announcement title, it should
3a) know how to check to see if a short announcement with that title exists
3b) default to the closest parent language in a language tree if none exist
3c) auto-inlcude a backlink to a global discussion page (default: on Meta).
4. maintain a page describing this announcement bot, in core langauges.
4a) as part of this process, keep a list of stock phrases translated
into every language. "announcement", "a discussion about <FOO> is
taking place on Meta", "Thank you, ~~~~", etc.
Is anyone working on something like this? Could we implement
something like this before the next round of Strategic Planning
updates? This seems like a year when we will need such an announce
feature - particularly in a fashion that encourages local community
discussion, something a sitenotice doesn't easily allow (it is
temporary and has no obvious talk page).
On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 9:23 PM, Philippe Beaudette
<pbeaudette at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> The process is essentially the same as it would be for any
> translation. The problem with VP's is posting.... blech.... it takes
> a lot of time for me to do it. Pretty well kills a morning. I have
> heard rumors of a bot that can do it, but haven't seen it yet.
> On Oct 1, 2009, at 8:21 PM, Samuel Klein wrote:
>> On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 9:14 PM, Samuel Klein <meta.sj at gmail.com>
>>> I'd be interested in leaving a personal message on the talk pages of
>>> the 1000 most active non-bot editors globally, intersected with the
>>> most active editors on each wiki, asking for their input in some way.
>>> These are people for whom the current projects are worth a good deal
>>> of interest and effort...
>> There's no terrible rush for this - we could calculate who this would
>> be, post the list, and discuss the idea of leaving a brief one liner
>> and a link to a request-for-input. We could probably centralize
>> this discussion on meta and link to it from the VP's of top projects.
>> Speaking of which -- Philippe & Casey, is there a scripted process for
>> posting a brief message intended for VP's, ask for translations, and
>> then roll out the message as translations come in (with backlinks to a
>> unified discussion page on meta)?
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