Proposal: Month-long Translation Day 2021 celebration

Every September 30th, International Translation Day celebrates the importance and impact of translators. For several years, many 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 and the global Polyglots teamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. have organized events on or around this date to celebrate those who make WordPress available in multiple languages: Polyglots contributors!

Last year, the Polyglots team and Marketing team worked closely together to organize virtual events around Translation Day. We saw community members organize more than twenty mini-translation events to encourage new translators, celebrate accomplishments, and connect with other Polyglots.

While September may seem far away, I’d like to share a proposal so we can start planning early for Translation Day 2021. Starting now will help all the teams involved promote events, plan for resources, and support even more locales to take part.

Translation Day 2021

Though we planned to celebrate Translation Week in 2020, some 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 teams continued the celebration for weeks by hosting regular Zoom meetings to hang out and translate together. (I’m looking at you, @nilovelez!) It was really moving to see the excitement and to have so many opportunities to connect during a year when we weren’t able to celebrate together in person.

For Translation Day 2021, I’d like to suggest that we host events throughout the entire month of September. In other words, let’s do a translation month! I know, a month sounds like a long time. However, the goal is to create more flexibility for locale teams to host an event at a time that works best for their local community at some point in September.

On a global level, the Polyglots and Marketing teams can work together to organize a weekly event each Thursday throughout the month. Ideally, these events would alternate by timezone, just like the Polyglots weekly meetings. That might look like:

  • Thurs, Sept. 2: Start the month-long celebration with a resource document that includes guides on how to start contributing. @nao also suggested hosting sessions for the Polyglots Training course at this time, too.
  • Thurs, Sept. 9: Panel
  • Thurs, Sept. 16: Panel
  • Thurs, Sept. 23: Panel
  • Thurs, Sept. 30: Close with a live stream event and recap post.

We could use these globally organized events to host panels or interviews to talk with contributors from multiple locales. We can even invite contributors from other 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. translation projects to share their experiences as well.

What do you think?

Translation Day is an excellent opportunity for Polyglots contributors to reflect on what we’ve accomplished throughout the year and celebrate making WordPress accessible in other languages. With all of that in mind, it would be helpful to know:

  • What do you think of the idea of a month-long celebration?
  • Does this help you with planning a local Translation Day event?
  • For the globally organized events, would you be interested in hearing about any specific topics?
  • If you don’t like the idea of hosting events throughout the month, do you prefer a week-long celebration? A single day?

Any feedback or thoughts you have are welcome!

If you would like some inspiration or haven’t participated in a Translation Day before, check out last year’s events. You can also find a whole playlist of all the streaming events organized last year.

A big thanks to @webcommsat, @tobifjellner, and @nao for helping to write, review, and share feedback on this proposal.


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