Languages! We speak 'em! How can we help each other?
posted by mykescipark to Feature Requests at 11:44 PM (39 comments total)
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So, as I travel around the world recording music, I find that I am more and more frequently in need of things to be translated. Usually just short phrases, some vague idea of lyrics or titles, not much heavy lifting. I've used up a fair number of AskMes in the process - which is great, that's their purpose! - but I also wonder if:
a) there's enough of a critical mass of translation-related questions; and
b) there's a subset of community members who would make themselves available (at their own discretion) to answer said questions.
I'm imagining, at its simplest, a page on the Wiki for folks who need things translated.
The main structure would be broken out alphabetically by language, with bullets providing links to users' profiles therein, each of which is denoted by one of three letters: (A)mateur, (C)asual, or (F)luent. (Something like that.) That way people can scale their response from "Um, my grandmother speaks Polish, let me ask her" to "Yes, I can translate that whole article for you, let's discuss a price." Because obviously this whole thing also raises the "line between volunteer and exploited labor" question, so I would think it should be made clear that any task above a certain level may incur a discussion.
There may be internal site privacy issues that come up around creating a wiki page that's almost entirely links to profiles, and each case will probably have its own built-in "am I the right translator for the job?" dance. A wiki entry is also reasonably harmless in the way of effort, but we would have to figure out page maintenance issues, and there would have to be much polite reinforcing of the Wiki link in actual AskMe questions.
A penny for your thoughts?