Contributor Day WCEU 2016 

The 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. Europe was a blast. After two days with great talks, chats and a remarkable party called WCEUball we attended to the Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. on Sunday. We’d love to share our achievements with you and for the records.

In the Polyglots meetings of May 11th and May 18th, 2016 the preparations for the WCEU contributor day were on the table. We agreed that we’d identify a couple of goals for the Polyglots teamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. at WordCamp Europe.

So far, 20% of the attendees have “signed up” to help the Polyglots team at WordCamp Europe 2016.
The contributor day organization confirmed these team leads for the Polyglots team:

Additionally, Bego (@pixolin), Francesca (@francina), Raffaella (@zetaraffix), Sergey (@sergey), Luis (@luisrull), Peter (@savione) were there to answer questions and helping to onboard on translations.

Preparation of our goals

To be able to prepare for the contributor day well, we’ll define a couple of goals for the day. They’ll be listed here and explained below.

  • Onboard new translators
  • Translate
  • Find (new) Translation EditorsTranslation Editor Translation editors can approve translations for projects. The GTE (General Translation Editor) and LM (Locale Manager) roles can add new users with the "Project Translation Editor" role that can approve translations for specific projects. There are two different Translation Editor roles: General Translation Editor and Project Translation Editor for 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 that need them
  • FAQ page in the Polyglots handbook
  • Global translation day videos in the Polyglots handbook

Onboard new translators

Lead: Naoko Takano
Assistants: Bego Mario Garde, Denise VanDeCruze

Given the size of the WordCamp Europe 2016 contributor day, it’s highly likely that we’ll have new translators in our team. Our goal is to show them the basics, get them started as a translator, and make sure they leave the day proud of their achievements.

Conditionally the great venue for the Contributor day we had two rooms for the Polyglots team provided.
In one room we could onboard new translators with the help of live presentation via beamer. Bego did a great job and used our prepared slides from the Global WordPress Translation Day to demonstrate how translations and related tasks like approval process, Glossary, and Translation Style Guide are defined and where to find. Nao held a workshop after lunch and talked about translation tips and how to get involved.

While new polyglots got onboarded, the more experienced contributors worked on the translations in their own 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

Translations in numbers

Over 6495 stringsString A string is a translatable part of the software. A translation consists of a multitude of localized strings. in total were translated, 4587 of those got approved, 1720 had the status “waiting”. Only 17 Strings were rejected which is tremendous in terms of the quality.

We had 71 signups for the translations team on the Contributor Day and the counts above got done by 142 users in total because of many remote working polyglots during the day.

(Thanks for the stats, @ocean90 !)

It’s absolutely awesome! Thank you all very much for that! You rock the game!

Find (new) Translation Editors for locales that need them

We tried to get some more numbers. Following numbers about participants broken down by locale are doubtless incomplete, but they show what we achieved.

Counted participants via announcement on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at to @CoachBirgit:

  • Finnish (fi): 5
  • Turkish (tr_TR): 1
  • German (de_DE): 7 (+ 4 new translators and 1 PTEProject Translation Editor A Project Translation Editor (often referred to as PTE) is a person, who has access to validate strings on a specific project (for example BuddyPress, WooCommerce or Twenty Fourteen) for one specific locale. A project translation editor can approve strings that are added by translation contributors. Per project translation, editors are appointed by a general translation editor after a request by the project author or by the contributors themselves. gained)
  • Japanese (ja): 1 (+ 2 new translators)
  • Italian (it_IT):5
  • Spanish (es-ES): 3
  • Hungarian (hu_HU): 1
  • Romanian (ro_RO): 1
  • Polish (pl_PL): 1
  • Malayalam (ml_IN): 1
  • Dutch (nl_NL): 2 (+1 new translator)
  • Danish (da_DK): 1
  • Russian (ru_RU): 1
  • Basque (eu): 1
  • Montenegrin (me_ME): 1
  • Dutch (Belgium) (nl_BE): 1
  • French (fr_FR): 1 new translator

We would like to complete this list. Please share your personal achievement at Contributor Day in the comment of this post. And one more request to the existing GTEs – please share your counts, how many new TE or PTE your locale gained on the Contributor day.

FAQ page in the Polyglots handbook

By virtue of the great preparatory work from @casiepa the FAQ draft is now as page transferred to the Polyglots handbooks. So there was no pressure to do this on the contributor day.

Global translation day videos in the Polyglots handbook

During the Global Translation Day, we recorded a fair number (24) videos about helping the polyglots. The more general videos can be included in the handbook, the specific ones on the rosettaRosetta The code name of the theme for the local WordPress sites (eg. is a “Rosetta” site). All locale specific WordPress sites are referred to as “Rosetta sites.” The name was inspired from the ancient Rosetta Stone, which contained more or less the same text in three different languages. sites. We’ll need some people to coordinate and do this. Unfortunately the task leader @francina couldn’t work on this on the Contributor Day. So she created a task list to add the recorded material to the related handbook pages.

Open discussion / round table

The Polyglots mentor team had some topics on the list to discuss.

  1. The Persian situation
  2. Cross PTE trial

Results of this discussion

  1. The requests from Farhad Sakhaei to become one of the 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. for fa_IR are on the review list from Samuel Sidler. He will mediate between the counterparties. We would appreciate if every discussion on Slack about this topic now stops until the situation is not cleared via escalation process.
  2. We will do a trial for the Cross PTE request. Details will follow in a separate post in the near future when the benchmark data is figured out.

UXUX UX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it. Design for GlotPressGlotPress GlotPress is the translation management software that powers More information is available at

Some polyglots participated in the discussions for the UX Design for our beloved (sometimes annoying) translation platform and WordPress pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party GlotPress, which was lead by @akirk and @isaackeyet. The GlotPress team did a lot of brainstorming. The results will be posted as soon as possible on

Words of gratitude

Dear friends, you all did a great job. Please stay tuned with your contributions. An open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project like WordPress needs a lot of love from passionate people like you are.

I thank you so much, I can´t find the right words how impressed I am about our beloved community especially the polyglots!

And I want to thank every single organizer and volunteer that made WCEU an unforgettable event, so THANK YOU!

See you soon – at latest on WordCamp Europe 2017 in Paris!

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