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From Andrey Kurdumov <>
Subject Re: Rant about translation process
Date Sun, 18 May 2014 12:22:33 GMT
Yes, actual machine translation in Crowdin if handy, as many other features
which they have. But there some script pushing automatic translation. Last
time it creates 2.8K translations under Lisa account. Maybe this is she,
maybe this is setup that way to run automatically before release. That's
why I wrote here.
Last time when I try to reach she, I was able to do that only when I post
that to this list, probably she not very often login to Crowdin.

Right now no translations are approved for Russian. Only one sentence from
whole docs is approved, but I suspect that this was just a test, not actual
approval. If we could approve translations in CrowdIn I could live with
script which automatically pre-translate docs, because that way I still be
able see areas which are required attention and caring.

2014-05-17 0:23 GMT+06:00 Rodrigo Silveira <>:

> I don't think the machine translation is automatically added to the docs.
> When you're translating, crowdin shows you bing translation and allows you
> to populate the translate text box with the translation. I find it *very*
> handy. I still have to reword it to make it right, but saves me a lot of
> time.
> Someone must be actively clicking the suggestion and submitting it without
> review. If you click on one of the translated text that came straight from
> the machine translated suggestion, you can see the author who submitted the
> translation. I'd suggest contacting them directly. Crowdin has a contact
> button on user profiles.
> cheers,
> Rodrigo.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Andrey Kurdumov" <>
> To:
> Sent: Friday, May 16, 2014 7:27:54 AM
> Subject: Rant about translation process
> In spare time I translate Cordova docs to Russian and found that do that in
> efficient way is much harder then it should be.
> My main pain points is machine translation and the lack of incentive to
> support translation of docs in Crowin.
> a) Please don't use machine translation. It is create awful translation
> which in no way not looks like Russian text. Reading that text is probable
> doable task, but I think anybody who don't know English could use tools in
> their browser for machine translation. IE and Chrome has great tools for
> that. That's from user perspective, and that's the reason why I start
> translating to Russian myself, I just could not read that crap which was
> produced by Bing.
> b) Crowdin has great abilities which could help translating large docs
> easier. It should really help manage translation process. But looks like
> Cordova does not have any translation process except using machine
> translation. When doing manual translation I spotted some issues when text
> which should be locked from translation not locked, and vice versa, some
> code in examples was translated and locked from translation later on. I
> report these issues about month ago on JIRA, these issues are still there.
> c) Since machine translation used for translating, and used in automated
> way, as a regular translator without admin access to project, I have no way
> to track progress of my work and what's left because almost every time you
> left project for long time when you comeback you have everything translated
> and you have to read whole docs again to find spot which was translated
> automatically.
> I not sure what are current state of other languages, but if translation
> process could be adjusted to be less destructive for manual translation. I
> take this probably too personal because my small progress meter just jump
> from 81% to 99%, my reward meter is broken, sigh..., and I have to reread
> whole docs again, since new text could be added to the areas which I
> translated earlier and it was translated automatically which means low
> quality content for grammar-nazi inside me, .
> I have some ideas how this could be improved, but that's actually depends
> on what are you willing to do with translation process and how much effort
> would be put into it.
> Thanks,
> Andrey Kurdyumov

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