Notes from the Polyglots chat on February 17th

LocaleLocale Locale = language version, often a combination of a language code and a region code, for instance es_MX denotes Spanish as it’s used in Mexico. A list of all locales supported by WordPress in stats

Releases: 160 localesLocale Locale = language version, often a combination of a language code and a region code, for instance es_MX denotes Spanish as it’s used in Mexico. A list of all locales supported by WordPress in 74 locales up to date. 0 locales behind by minor versions. 1 locale behind one major version. 16 locales behind more than one major version. 56 locales have a site but never released. 13 locales don᾿t have a site.

Translations: 160 locales. 60 locales at 100%. 3 locales have more than 95%. 4 locales have more than 90%. 24 locales have more than 50%. 58 locales have less than 50%. 11 locales don᾿t have a WP project.

There’s a plan to create a site for every existing locale and to create projects for these locales in preparation for the WordPress Global Translation day. Once they’re ready, we can actively look for contributors for those locales.

Tech update

 The first betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. of 4.5 is planned for next week, it’s usually the time where wp/dev gets the new stringsString A string is a translatable part of the software. A translation consists of a multitude of localized strings.

WordPress Global Translation Day

  • We set the date for April 24th, 2016 – Sunday.
  • We have more than 130 responses from 30 countries willing to participate. The poll will stay open and hopefully more people would get to fill it out.
  • Petya will share results of the poll next week


We could do something very similar to WordSesh, but in different languages – 30 min/ 1h sessions on how to translate WordPress and things specific to every language. So at 9am for every timezone we would have a new session starting that would help people translate to a different language. These sessions will be recorded and published immediately so even if you missed the beginning, you would be able to watch it and join the team for a few hours.

То sum up:

  • It’s a 24 hours sprint of WordPress related talks. I basically want to do the same but with a niche focus on Localizing WordPress. We can then use these resources for new PTEs
  • We will need at least 24 GTEs to commit to doing this. If we have 30 min sessions instead of 1h, we can also have much more.
  • We can have more than one GTEGeneral Translation Editor A General Translation Editor (often referred to as GTE) is a person, who has global access to validate strings on all projects for a specific locale. in a session and after your session is done, you can continue to work with translators on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at your channel of communication of choice.
  • You will be able to reuse a slide deck I’ve prepared to onboard new users (both contributors and GTEs), but the idea is for you to localize it
  • We start at the East with first country to wake up. And we do a 24h sprint with sessions.
  • Everyone is free to join whenever they like, but we get GTEs from different locales to commit to being online to help onboard people.
  • I’m going to chat to Scott about lending us the Wordsesh setup. Not set in stone, but I don’t think they’d refuse.
  • Some of us organise events on the ground and gather contributors in person.
  • Others work remotely.

Ultimate goal – get more people on board, translate many many many strings and enjoy our global team building day.


  • @petya to post a separate blog post on the Global Translation Day and pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” the GTEs of the top 50 locales to check who would like to do a session
  • @petya to prepare the original slide deck and make it available for GTEs to translate and to include locale specific information, resources, etc.
  • @petya to check with Scott B if we can reuse the infrastructure of WordSesh (site, setup, know-how, etc).
  • Get in touch with the community team to let them know about the current decisions and ask them to promote the initiative through the global meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on will help you find options in your area./wordcampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. chapter program
  • Get in touch with the marketing team to discuss if they can help us reach more people
  • Prepare all the locales (including those with non existent sites and projects) for the day.
  • Reach out to WP related media to promote the event

Open Discussion

@Chantalc brought up the loading time problem GTEs have when adding new PTEs. She’ll open an issue for @ocean90 to look into.

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