In Tamil wikipedia, Google translated articles number 1,240 (barring one or two which we might have forgotten to tag). This translates to roughly 4.4 % of the total articles in Ta. wiki. Also about 100 or so of the translated articles already had stubs/fair sized articles, before google translators overwrote them.
Creation of new google articles stopped on August 15, 2010 because of quality concerns. After an extensive quality review process we reached a deal with google. In this second phase - we picked the translators and the topics to be translated. They are done in the translator's user space and moved to article space only after review by tamil wikipedians. So far 25 such articles have been translated and are waiting in the userspace for the review to be completed. Regarding the paid vs non-paid issue, this is one of the major bones of contention in Ta Wiki. Volunteers get frustrated because paid translators turn in shoddy work and repeated attempts to train them went nowhere. Now we have limited the number of new google articles to something we think we can manage. (25 in the past six months). But the quality still isn't something what i would call a "professional translation". I personally have no great hopes for this project. It is a distraction and saps valuable volunteer time and effort which is better spent somewhere else in wikipedia. (personal opinion, not ta wiki consensus) On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 12:38 PM, sankarshan <foss.mailingli...@gmail.com>wrote: > On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 12:31 PM, CherianTinu Abraham > <tinucher...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > "Why should regular Wikipedians be motivated to contribute when Google > pays > > to do the same ?" > > Reminds me, in a tangential way, of > <http://stormyscorner.com/would-you-do-it-again-for-free> > > -- > sankarshan mukhopadhyay > <http://sankarshan.randomink.org/blog> > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiaemail@example.com > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l > -- Beauty lies in the eyes of the beer holder
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