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Automatic translator

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We need to help non-English-speakers somehow

Could we have some sort of 'translating mechanism'? This could prevent proposals like this from having to be created.

Some implementation ideas:

  • Users who speak a different language could go to es.stackoverflow, etc where StackOverflow pages are translated to Spanish.
  • WOT style 'translate button'.

Google Translate is pretty accurate... at least, for simple posts in well known/similar languages. (i.e. English<->French) This way, we won't have to have duplicate questions across the 'different language but same subject' sites.

(SE can use the Google Translate API, right?)


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I have difficulty reconciling Google Translated questions with a paid CHAOS team going round improving the quality of the existing English-language questions. There's enough human-generated low-quality English on SO as it stands, without adding computer-generated low-quality [foreign-language].

I understand the motivation, but I'm skeptical about the chances of it working. If people want an automatically-translated-but-low-quality version of SO in their own language, they can use Chrome...

  • @Pop, well to be honest, I assumed they were paid, but I guess they might not be. (After all, we aren't!)
    – Benjol
    Commented Oct 26, 2011 at 5:35
  • Oh, they're employees, I'm sure they're getting paid. It was supposed to be a joke.
    – Pops
    Commented Oct 26, 2011 at 13:11

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