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DDTP : Add a button "Translate this description" to crowdsource Package translations

Reported by Pierre Slamich on 2012-10-04
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Ubuntu Apps Directory
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Ubuntu Translations
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synaptic
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software-center (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

There are a lot of untranslated software descriptions in WebCatalog, Software Center and Synaptic (60000+ strings in most languages, https://translations.launchpad.net/ddtp-ubuntu/ ).
Relying solely on translators doesn't scale. Would it be possible to add a mechanism to enable translation suggestion crowdsourcing ?

The basic idea would be a button to "Translate this software description" below each untranslated description that would enable users to easily provide a translation suggestion to the DDTP, either inline, or using Launchpad.

description: updated
YannUbuntu (yannubuntu) wrote :

Very good idea !

Sylvie Gallet (sylvie-gallet) wrote :

Definitely a good idea!

Adolfo Jayme (fitoschido) wrote :

Clever. If there is a reason many translators do not complete description translations, is simply because Launchpad timeouts a lot. Also, many teams are overwhelmed with translation suggestions they need to check and approve (or disapprove, as many of these suggestions are low-quality).

Pierre Slamich (pierre-slamich) wrote :

- Quality is paramount, and the DDTP is translated with restricted permissions to ensure that.
- I don't mind having a backlog of suggestions.
- The quality of those suggestions often varies, but my guess is that a mecanism like that would mainly draw people who were interested by the package in the first place, and will thus have a knowledge of it, and vested interest in having a proper suggestion.

On the technical side:
- Implementation in the web interface (relatively straightforward using Nightmonkey code)
- Implementation in the Desktop Client (might be more complicated, not sure how the software center is coded)
- The Launchpad timeout (https://bugs.launchpad.net/launchpad/+bug/869824) is a big issue. It seems that the Canonical cloud team is focused on other areas right now.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Adolfo Jayme (fitoschido) wrote :

Just solving that damned timeout would be truly awesome. It would make Nightmonkey actually usable.

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
affects: software-center → software-center (Ubuntu)
Dave Morley (davmor2) on 2012-11-16
Changed in ubuntu-webcatalog:
status: New → Won't Fix
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
summary: - Add a button "Translate this description" to crowdsource Package
+ DDTP : Add a button "Translate this description" to crowdsource Package
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