I caught a weird translation issue on ruSO and found an interesting moment on Transifex.

Transifex ping-pong

For some reason, the "stackoverflow" user adds an unnecessary space symbol right before (according the translation history page) the update by the "traducir.win" user.

"traducir.win" is used as a proxy user to publish a translation on Transifex via the Traducir.win site.

Despite the correct last translation on Transifex (by the traducir.win user) ruSO still uses an incorrect translation (by the "stackoverflow" user) with an extra space inside the hyperlink syntax. What is happening here?

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The stackoverflow user is what we (Stack Overflow) use to push new strings to transifex. Another thing we use it for is to manage "overrides".

These overrides are set by us. Sometimes, these overrides were put in there because the person working on the feature wasn't aware of Traducir. But it can also be used so that the community can't provide a translation for a string.

Right now, the stackoverflow and traducir.win are racing to have their version win (but... stackoverflow always wins, despite Traducir's TLD)

This string in particular, in English is:

By clicking “Accept all cookies”, you agree Stack Exchange can store cookies on your device and disclose information in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I've confirmed internally that we want to manage the cookie / legal stuff ourselves, so those strings need to be translated by us (and traducir's values won't affect what's shown on the site).

:facepalm: and I just realized the problem is the space... I tweaked that on the database so that stackoverflow doesn't break the link each time.

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    Good to have a familiar face back in action. Welcome back and enjoy!
    – rene
    Commented Aug 11, 2021 at 14:24
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    thanks! happy to be back :) also happy for my face to be familiar around here
    – g3rv4
    Commented Aug 12, 2021 at 12:55

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