Ubuntu Dutch translation team is closed. Solutions?

Dennis Kaarsemaker dennis at kaarsemaker.net
Fri Mar 20 17:05:49 GMT 2009


On vr, 2009-03-20 at 10:39 +0000, Matthew East wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 4:05 AM, Adi Roiban <adi at roiban.ro> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Via the following question :
> > https://answers.edge.launchpad.net/rosetta/+question/64194
> > I found out that the Ubuntu Dutch translation team is somehow closed and
> > is asking new translators to work upstream.
> 
> This, if true, is extremely worrying. The Dutch translation team
> contains many experienced contributors to Ubuntu (I've copied some of
> them into this email) and I don't think they would intentionally wish
> to subvert one of the fundamental policies of Ubuntu (making the
> software available in the user's own language) for Dutch speakers.
> Clearly there are a lot of Ubuntu-specific strings, and Ubuntu
> documentation is only translatable through Launchpad, so an active
> translation team for Ubuntu in Launchpad is absolutely essential.
> 
> Let's find out what the problem is, if any, and take it from there.

The team is not closed, but due to lots of quality issues we had in the
past, we're not accepting just anyone. Jeroen calls the problem legacy,
but it has been fixed only very recently in launchpad after waiting and
complaining for years.

On the ubuntu-nl forum thread quoted in that question it is also
explained that until we as a team have proper procedures for this, the
team stays closed as we don't want this happening again. The Danish team
are doing the same apparently.

If someone show he knows how to handle translations, (eg, don't touch
upstreams in LP if they accept po files as well), sure he's welcome.
-- 
Dennis K.

The universe tends towards maximum irony. Don't push it.
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