[Translators-l] Where are we with the fundraiser?

Casey Brown lists at caseybrown.org
Sat Nov 20 01:51:54 UTC 2010

On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 4:54 PM, Eleri James <elerijms at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> The latest version of the appeal banner links to the appeal letter, with donation
> messages which are on the Fundraising 2010/core messages for translation at
> meta, rather than the Donate interface extension messages at translatewiki.net.
> I completed the translation of the new core messages (including the text of the
> latest site notice) 3 days ago, since it seemed urgent to translate something
> which has already been put to use in the Fundraiser. Presumably the volunteers
> who are able to publish these are just snowed under, but I want to request
> publication anyway. It is really annoying to have the site message appear in
> English.

I just opened up the Welsh Wikipedia and I see a Welsh banner
("Darllenwch: / Apêl bersonol gan / Jimmy Wales, sylfaenydd
Wicipedia") that links me to a Welsh donation page:

> When site notices were posted for all foundation wikis together, it used to be
> that a link to the translation pages on meta was provided on the site notice. The
> site banner this year has no such link. Is this deliberate? Would you consider
> putting a link up just for a few days, to encourage more translations?

Good point!  That wasn't deliberate actually, I think we all just
forgot to update the local Meta-Wiki sitenotice to link to the
fundraising translation pages.  I added a note, just like last year:

On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 5:16 PM, Philippe Beaudette
<pbeaudette at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> -- It was deliberate.  The issue was this: each link that leads to anywhere but the donation
> pages from the banner results in an "abandon" rate, which means that people got distracted
> from taking the single path that we need them to: directly to the donation page.  Those
> abandon rates are substantial... on the scale of hundreds of thousands of link follows.

I don't think Eleri is talking about links on *foundationwiki*, I
think he's talking about ones on *metawiki*.  He wanted a link in the
Meta-Wiki sitenotice to the fundraising translation pages so that
visitors from other wikis looking for the materials to translate them
could find them more easily. :-)

Casey Brown

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