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asked 2010-04-29 15:00:16 -0500

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updated 2010-05-01 07:36:45 -0500

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.

Basic rules:

  • 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.

Word choices:

  • 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.
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I noticed that some functions are not available through the german translation,i.e.: trying to mark a question as a favourite results in "Callback invoke error: error"; trying to ignore tags results in no response at all; i'm not sure if it is appreciated to make a new question out of this sort of language related bugs?
Olaf's avatar Olaf  ( 2011-05-17 09:41:01 -0500 )edit
It's a bug on this isite, does not affect the askbot code itself, I will look into this. Thanks.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny  ( 2011-05-17 12:42:24 -0500 )edit
Thank You Evgeny!
Olaf's avatar Olaf  ( 2011-05-18 04:06:56 -0500 )edit

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answered 2010-05-04 16:24:26 -0500

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I'm nearly done. I would like to take the translation into a Beta status now and look at it in context - I'm sure there are a few things that need to be translated differently when seen in the actual web site's context. With that (very important) caveat, I consider the translation to be pretty clean and stable.

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allright, you should be able to see them now. There is an issue in Rosetta that basically forces me to do certain edits manually before messages compile, it's not a big deal though. Nice work!
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny  ( 2010-05-04 16:48:18 -0500 )edit

answered 2010-04-29 16:12:56 -0500

Why are you use "Log-in" instead of "Login" ?

Es ist wahrscheinlich aussergewöhnlich oder?

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I thought I had a use case where this makes sense. If it comes up during translation I will add it here - otherwise, I'll stick with "Login".
Pekka's avatar Pekka  ( 2010-04-30 00:37:34 -0500 )edit

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