Editing policy

Welcome to wiki-translation, a community dedicated to discussing the impact of the wiki phenomenon on the world of translation. This is a place for people who are interested in translation using a massively collaborative wiki paradigm, where they can exchange best practices and tools, and discuss how to improve them.

The following is a sample of topics which are deemed relevant:

  • Practices and tools for translating any wiki content, including but not limited to Wikipedia pages.
  • Practices and tools for translating any content (wiki or not) which is open, constantly evolving and may never reach a final stable state.
  • Practices and tools for translating any content using a wiki-like process. By that, we mean a process that presents many of the characteristics of wikis like: open, massively collaborative, asynchronous, loosely coordinated and controlled, volunteer-based, etc....
  • Practices and tools for creating and using wiki-like dictionaries and resources (ex: Wikipedia, Wiktionary, OmegaWiki) for the purpose of translating any content (wiki or not).
  • Research and development to make any of the above easier and more efficient.

We understand that a wiki-paradigm for translation may be controversial for people who have invested much time and money into more traditional paradigms. We feel that our community can learn much from such people and they are cordially invited to participate. However, keep in mind that this is not a place for arguing about the desirability of translating in a wiki-way. This list starts from the position that translation in a wiki-way is happening right now and that it will continue to do so for years to come, and it aims at discussing ways in which that kind of translation can be improved.

You do not need to be a registered user to contribute, but registration will make it much easier for you to interact with the rest of the community.

Much of the content on this site is built collaboratively in a wiki way, meaning that anyone can edit the content of the pages without asking for permission. So do not be surprised if someone modifies (or even deletes) text that you wrote. If you disagree with the edit, feel free to revert the text back to what it was before. If you and someone else do not agree on what a page should say (something referred to as an "edit war"), post a comment at the bottom of the page to start a discussion on the issue and try to resolve it (this usually works... people in communities like this one are usually pretty reasonable). If you cannot agree, then post both positions on the page. This is what is called a Neutral Point of View.

If you are not used to contributing to wikis, this may take some time getting used to, but it's all part of wikiness and is well worth adjusting to.

We look forward to your participation, and hope you will find it useful and worthwhile.

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