I will be translating Askbot's dictionary into German during the next few days.
As in every language, there are a few ground rules that need to be defined. My suggestion would be to create a very neutral, formal translation with as little "techie speak" as possible. An informal translation can be added later separately.
Use of formal "Sie" instead of informal "Du"
Use of german words over anglicisms where there is a choice; no silly germanisms for english words everybody knows, though: Internet, Browser and so on.
New / old ortography: I tend to use new ortography but I can live with old as well. I suggest a relaxed mixture with a bias towards the new rules: Old ortography may be edited by other users into new, but not the other way round.
- Account = Zugang
- Login = Login or Log-in
- Username = Benutzername
- Password = Passwort
- Required = Pflichtfeld
I think this is a sane set of basic rules; feel free to add your comments, corrections and criticism. Also, maybe you want to contribute an informal or dialect translation?
Update: Translation choices
There are difficult but crucial translations that are going to be very heavily used in the everyday operation of the site. Here, good wording can decide a lot. Feedback is welcome. If you think you have a better solution, don't hesitate to contribute here.
- duplicate question Duplikat
- question is off-topic or not relevant Die Frage geht am Thema vorbei oder ist nicht relevant
- too subjective and argumentative Zu subjektiv und zu diskussionen verleitend
- not a real question Keine echte Frage
- too localized Zu eng gefaßt - not 100% happy with this
- hottest/coldest heißeste / kälteste - need more info what this actually means to provide better translation - views? Comments? Answers)
- upvoted positiv bewertet - this is horribly dull compared to the sleek "upvote/downvote" but I couldn't think of a better alternative that didn't sound silly. I'm thinking about changing all vote verbs to "+1" "-1" in my own project. Suggestions welcome.
- badges - Auszeichnungen - alternative suggestions welcome.
- tags - Tags
- accepting (an answer), accepted (answer) - akzeptieren, akzeptiert
- FAQ - Häufig gestellte Fragen
- Community Wiki: Left as is; feel free to change in your project.