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About the community building mentioned in the Tatoeba blog:
Are you planning on creating a forum? I think that would help the community grow and having different threads for introductions, bug reports, feedback, etc would make it easier for users to follow the discussions. I'm not sure if it is necessary yet - there are only a bit under 300 members right now - but it would be cool nevertheless.
What do other users think?
Yes it's in our todo list (like sooooo many other things). But as you noticed, right now there aren't that many members.
That's why we set up this "Wall", it's more simple and for now it is largely enough for people to report bugs, give feedback, introduce themselves or write about whatever :)
When the Wall will start reaching its limits in terms of usability, we'll start considering the forum solution.
What can I do with repeated sentences? Is there a way to link one entry to the other or maybe even merge them?
Anyways, thank you for this wonderful project.
You don't have to worry about them. We take care of merging them :) We actually already launched a loooong cleaning process a few weeks ago, it removed about 10,000 exact duplicate sentences.
We're going to launch it again sometime, after we've cleaned the sentences from typos or extra spaces where there shouldn't be or things like that.
Anyways, thank you for your contributions. I'm happy to see German getting popular again :D It used to be the 4th language in Tatoeba, until extremely motivated contributors in Chinese and Spanish came along...
Does this cleaning programm also remove nearly identical sentences? I found a pair where the only difference is the punctuation mark... I'm glad you don't have to do that manually...
I'd be happy if German took the fourth place again. I'll see what I can do and show some competitive spirit. =) This is a fun way to pass time and help other language learners. :)
No it doesn't remove nearly identical sentences. I've seen sentences which differ only from the punctuation, but... Well this is a bit tricky.
If you take Japanese, there is supposedly no question mark or exclamation mark (although I suppose it's changing). Instead you have particles to express a question or an exclamation.
The fact that you write "I'm cold." or "I'm cold!" can change something in the Japanese sentence (samui desu / samui desu yo).
So to be safe, I wouldn't delete a sentence that has a nearly identical twin, with only a difference of punctuation.
Hey guys, any chance of having Norwegian language added?
Thx and congrats for the great site (which has become my new hobbie)!
P.S.: Portuguese GET!
Norwegian Bokmål has been added as a supported language :)
Please, when you have time, add a few sentences in this language to check if the language detection works properly.
thank you. The language detection is working fine.
Yes, actually someone else has also requested us to add Norwegian. He actually asked to add both Norwegian Nynorsk and Norwegian Bokmål.
But for that, we're waiting until we have either :
1) Our own language detection system (because for now we're relying on Google's detection, which is reaching its limit...)
2) Or added a feature that enables people to indicate the language of the sentence (instead of having is systematically auto-detected).
Now you have to know that it is not forbidden to add Norwegian sentences, even if it's not "officially" supported. You will not be able to set the language as Norwegian (yet), but you can do that later, when we actually add Norwegian as a supported language.
Besides, it will actually give us some pressure to add it as soon as possible :P
Anyway thanks for your support! We're always glad to see motivated people like you joining the project :D
And congratulations for bringing Portuguese to the 6th position in terms of number of sentences!
(Crap, I sent the message by mistake without having finished it)
Well, I don't think the bokmål/nynorsk differentiation would be a problem. Most online dictionaries I've seen so far deal with bokmål as the pattern.
(btw, thanks for your gentle commentary)
The thing is, we want to be as accurate as possible.
I have no idea how different Bokmål and Nynorsk are, but I believe they are more different than the difference between Portuguese in Portugal and in Brazil. There must be a reason why there are two different language codes for each in the ISO 639-3 codes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwegian_language).
Besides it could offend some people if we don't make the difference ^^'
>>>> You will not be able to set the language as Norwegian (yet), but you can do that later, [...]
Great, I'll do that. I don'
Regarding the bokmål/nynorsk differentiation, I guess something similar happens to Portuguese... in most cases one can handle to write a phrase that sounds like Brazilian Portuguese and that spoken in Portugal, but sometimes that's just impossible. Same thing for African Portuguese, which sounds to me almost like a different language. In this case I'm indicating in the phrase 'Portugal'/'Brazil'.
and congratulation to have contribute to have made today the second (and with a little bit effort) day in term of contributions
* and with a little bit effort made it the first day , typed too fast sorry
Could we translate sentences into language not listed in the site?
I can translate it into Malay language.
P.S. Great site!!
For malay language wikipedia told me there's a lot of different malay, as we make difference between dialect, is this a specific form of malay or it's "standard malay" ?
is this flag suitable ?
Yes it's standard Malay. and there's isnt much dialects used contemporary days..the most well known should be Kelantanese, but standard Malay is spoken all over the country.
Yes that's the flag of the nation =)
ok, by the way could you correct the chinese sentences I've commented please :)
the answer is just below
spoiler : yes you can ;-)
thanks for your contributions in chinese :)
Normally we've added Malay as a supported language :)
You'll still have to add a few sentences to check that the language detection does work properly though.
why i cannot find my sentences in your search engine.
Yes, we're not indexing on the fly. The main reason is that I didn't (and still don't) have time to figure out how to do that ^^'
Usually I launch the indexing process once a month but considering the increase of contributions, I think it'll be more once a week now...
If you don't mind me asking, what kind of database engine is behind tatoeba.org? SQL Server/mySQL or other?
It's MySQL :) But for the search feature we're using Lucene (http://lucene.apache.org/java/docs/).
I regularly use SQL Server, so I'm not much help with mySQL, but maybe this link might help http://wiki.apache.org/lucene-java/UpdatingAnIndex
Right now though, I must say it doesn't speak much to me... Also, MySQL is not really the issue here (because I know MySQL and it doesn't help me :P).
The issue is to know how to use Lucene (which is written in Java). I just have to take the time to read the documentation.
The search engine part of Tatoeba was coded as a school project, at a time when I didn't have much knowledge in programming but had a good partner who knew Java and so he pretty much did all the coding.
Someday I'll have to look into his code. I'll probably have to upgrade to the latest version of Lucene as well because our code is from like, 2 years ago. Someday... When I have time.
I'm not the one who made the search engine part, but it seems that the index is not updated in real time, certainly for perfomance reason, so in few times your sentences will be available :)
Qu'est-ce que je fais si tatoeba ne reconnait pas la bonne langue d'une nouvelle traduction?
("Bill war in Japan." est allemand et ne parle pas d'une guerre au japon :D!)
il suffit de cliquer sur le drapeau de la phrase et de mettre le bon :)
With regards to Chinese entries, can we have some way of distinguishing between Traditional and Simplified entries?
In fact I was thinking to add an option to convert sentences in simplified chinese to traditionial chinese, and vice versa, wouldn't it be better that way ?
Yeah that's a good idea. Means that all the existing entries, in either Traditional or Simplified will be preserved.
The other thing regarding Chinese translations that probably needs consideration, is that there are 3 or 4 major regions where Chinese is spoken (Taiwan, Hong Kong, PRC, Singapore), but each region often has a slightly varied vocabulary set to represent the same meanings in another language. I'm no expert on this, but I'm pretty sure a Taiwanese person would translate the English word "Potato" to "馬鈴薯" whereas in the PRC (Mainland) they more commonly translate it to "土豆". Maybe we need the ability to choose the "Region" of our Chinese translations?
Yep we have recently migrate the code of language from iso 639 alpha 2 (name of languages coded on 2 letters) to alpha 3,
which allow us to make more precise distinction about languages (as you can see there's already shanghainese)
but for the moment the problem is not really technical, but mostly ergonomical "how do we present it in a nice way, without overloading a sentence with billion of buttons",
moreover the problem can exist with french, canadian french etc... so I agree, its something we will need to handle one day or another
after we need to keep in mind that a beginner maybe don't want to see these regional variations, and only focus on "standard" version, so here come again the ergonomic problem
in fact for the moment if you plan to add "regional" sentences, just add in () which region it is, that people will be aware its not standard mandarin
I will notice you when we will be starting handle this :)
by the way thanks for your contributions :)
Yeah I understand.
(When you get round to it, you could possibly make the flag icon a drop-down list of regions for that language, so that if we want to we can mark the translation as region specific.)
By the way I really like your site :).
I'm an Australian studying in Mainland China.
In fact for the moment the flag icon is used to change the language if the tool used to detect automatically which language your sentence is do a bad job (which happen with shanghainese /mandarin, or close language such as ukrainian and russian)
Find a work around for those adding in right to left languages (such as arabic)
and who get a strange characters order (see http://tatoeba.fr/eng/sentences/show/340400 for an example)
just edit your sentences and this ‏ to end, it's the xml entities to indicate switching writing direction :), for some strange reason, independant of Tatoeba, I've got the same problem in different text editor while trying to repeat this bug, this control character is sometimes missing
I will try to find quickly a automatic way to get it work properly
I've only just joined a few minutes ago.... I have favorited several sentences, but my profile still says I have 0 favorite sentences. Does it just take a while for them to show up, or is there some problem?
Also, what does it mean to "adopt" a sentence?
Sorry for newbish questions, but your site lacks a good "about" page that introduces all this to newcomers. :/
adopt means this sentence now belong to you, and you will be the only one allowed to make change on it, and you will receive email notification ( if set in your profile )if someone comments on it
that way we're sure that they will be no "war of edit" or people editing too much sentences
for favorite, you will soon seen them :)
have you checked http://tatoeba.fr/eng/pages/help ? ( in bottom right) ? (maybe not so much visible)
Tatoeba should use a license without "by" like CC0:
Attribution is unnecessary and unpractical.
in fact it's only legal problem european law say one can't abandon his moral against a text, except 50 years after his death, 70 years in France, so CC0 can't be choosen
anyway we're looking if there's any problem to go to a less restrictive licence such as CC-BY, we will be sure at the end of the week
I like cc-sa (is almost Public Domain!) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/sa/1.0/ sadly "retired"
unfortunately as explain in my last message, due to european/french author right, attribution is mandatory and CC0 is still not clear whether it works in france or not, so we prefer to be safe, regardin that make law pursuit for copyright violiation is "fashion" in france ...
so the most "free" we can do is "CC-BY" ( for the moment my research hasn't show anything against it, but I prefer to check juridiction of main countries), when CC0 will be clearer regarding countries which has the notion of moral right (basically all european countries) , for further information, you can read the CC discussions pages, there, you can find more precise technical explanation :)
*his moral right
that means globally that we must attribute works of contributors, as we're based in europe and a major part of contributions (except takana corpus original sentences) after some internal discussion we've realized that maybe CC-BY can be used, as Tatoeba MUST attribute works, after if people want to reuse the contributions without attributing it to original contributors, that will be their problem (in fact no problem as long as they don't reuse without attributing sentences or corrections from european contributors or other countries where public domain is different from US definition)
so the licence is only to make things clear
by the way, we wouldn't have take a long time to choose a licence or so if there were no threats nor possible juridical problem, I far prefer coding than looking into law books
the content will now be licenced under CC-BY 2.0 FR, which is for the moment, the less restrictive we can do according to european law