I have visited http://winterbash2015.stackexchange.com/ to see more about hats

It shows me localized description for hats (Russian). A bit strange after English-only SO.com, I'm Ok with English, but thanks anyway

But some translations hurt because of typos

I did search but couldn't find where I can report it, so I report here (meta-stack-overflow originally)

"Cerro de Potosi" description

current: заработать серебреный знак

suggested: заработать серебряный знак

"Cerro de Potosi" window

current: заработайте серебреный знак

suggested: заработайте серебряный знак

"Weed Eater" description

current: принятый ответ в для Бродяги

suggested: принятый ответ для "Бродяги"

firefox tab

Edit: before this question was migrated from meta-stack-overflow, it got some explanation in comments:

the promo site is translated based on the user's browser Accept-Language settings

Thomas Orozco

Edit: more issues

"Vote Early, Vote Often", "Fan-hat-ic", "Researcher" descriptions :

current: "к ряду"

suggested: "кряду" or "подряд"

"I’m Batman" description:

current: "закрытий"

suggested: "закрытый"

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    Not about Stack Overflow in english, belongs on the russian Stack Overflow meta. Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 11:01
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    @Deduplicator, why? announcement is on blog.stackoverflow.com; my question is in English.
    – ASh
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 11:03
  • The localized descriptions can only be seen on the localized site, they don't have anything to do with any non-localized site. You can make a case for posting on Meta Stack Exchange, though that's weak unless there are more sites localized in that language. As to the blog, that's the company blog-roll, and there's AFAIK no localized version, planned or existing. Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 11:06
  • @Deduplicator, i came from main site: SO.com - the only site i have active account
    – ASh
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 11:13
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    @Deduplicator Note that the promo site is translated based on the user's Accept-Language settings, so assuming ASh's browser is configured to prefer Russian, then ASh gets the Russian version, regardless of which site they came in from. Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 11:14
  • @ThomasOrozco: Just seen the update. That makes a strong case to move it to Meta Stack Exchange then... And may I say that a site doing something like that always irritates me, though more if the sites don't contain hand-translated the exact same content? Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 11:17
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    @Deduplicator This is a mini-site for an ephemeral event. Translating the site based on the user's browser language isn't ideal, but it's arguably a decent compromise ; ) Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 11:20
  • @ThomasOrozco, i could guess it is browser language preference. is it a human or machine translation? should I move it to meta stack exchange or just leave it because it is a mini-site for an ephemeral event?
    – ASh
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 11:33
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    @ASh It's a human translation by our ru.stackoverflow.com community manager. I'll move it to MSE; you could argue either way where it belongs. Thanks for the fixes, I'll get those in.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 12:05
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    If you want, you can force the descriptions to be in English now: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/271394/…
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Dec 19, 2015 at 12:35

1 Answer 1


Thanks for the fixes, I've updated the translations accordingly.

Regarding your general points: We have translated the hat descriptions and the on-site UI (i.e. the hat rack popup etc.) into those languages in which we have sites, which are Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish (currently in private beta).

The on-site Winter Bash language is based on the site's language, but that doesn't work on Winter Bash itself.

The only feasible solution here was to make the language based on whatever your browser requests – if it's one of those four, that's what you get; otherwise you get English.

Myself (native German speaker), I'm not a big fan of half-translated sites, so I do understand your irritation somewhat. But the consensus among our non-English community managers was to still offer it; after all there are now users participating in Winter Bash who may not speak English at all.

  • thank you for quick assistance and reply! i have posted only some examples but there are still more typos in other hats:(
    – ASh
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 12:47
  • added them to the question, accepted your answer
    – ASh
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 13:01
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    Updated. Thanks a lot!
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 13:19

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