Notes from the Polyglots chat on August, 17th

Locale stats

Releases: 162 locales. 51 locales up to date. 0 locales behind by minor versions. 20 locales behind by one major version. 22 locales behind more than one major version. 61 locales have a site but never released. 8 locales don᾿t have a site.

Translations: 162 locales. 52 locales at 100%. 9 locales have more than 95% (5 of them at 99). 8 locales have more than 90%. 29 locales have more than 50%. 55 locales have less than 50%. 9 locales don᾿t have a WP project.

Contributor stats

In March 2015, when we introduced the Polyglots badges, we had 319 GTEs and 4,690 translation contributors.

This morning, the stats looked like this:

  • Translation Contributor: 10,059
  • Translation Editor: 1,247

WordPress 4.6 releases

Two locales (Japanese and Malay) are at 100%, but haven’t released yet.

There are 99% locales eligible for automatic releases: #es_GT, #es_VE, #et, #oci, #pl_PL.

Reminder: For automatic releases to be packaged, the branch should be created in advance. If it was created after the release, it’ll only get picked up in the next 4 hours, or next 24 hours in a week after release.

@petya suggested that we should have a launch checklist like the one the core team does. It’s easy to separate a bunch of tasks including checking svn branches within the team, maybe we can work towards delegating some tasks around helping people release as well.

Keep in mind that once your locale falls behind more than one major version, it becomes inactive for either selecting on install or downloading from your local site. Please release the translations if they’re at more than 95%.

The goal is to have 70 released locales by the end of next week.


  • Japanese will be released later tonight or tomorrow morning (per @nao).
  • Malay doesn’t have a 4.6 branch, @ocean90 will take a look and ping @webgrrrl.
  • @petya will contact the GTEs of 99% locales eligible for automatic releases to make sure they’re released soon.

A reminder for everyone who translates their Planet string

If you’ve translated the Planet WordPress feed to include your locale support forums, you may need to update those to the new URLs.
For Japanese, for example, that would be changing to

Documentation sprints

We’re working on the new Handbook structure here:

If you’d like to get involved, there’s a post about the handbook sprints, please comment on that post or ping @petya in a DM on Slack to add you to the spreadsheet.

Some new page and new link suggestions:

  • Add a GTE step by step guide to releasing your translations. We have extensive documentation around releases, but there should also be a simpler guide for people who do this for the first time and even for the more experienced contributors.
  • Bundling custom functionality with your locale (with examples). Also – documenting our existing use cases.
  • Add links to local Slack teams/IRC channels in the Glossaries and Style Guides by locale table.
  • Add a link to the consistency tool as a separate page with instructions how to use it in the Translation Tools section.
  • Add a Stats page as a part of our About The Polyglots Team section.
    • Add a link to stats per locale:
    • Add a link to stats of the active installs per locale:
    • Add a link to overall locale stats:

    Again – the experienced contributors know about these pages, but they are not clearly visible for the newcomers or random visitors curious about the work of the team. And not clearly visible for other contributors as well.

Outstanding PTE/Locale requests

  • Locale requests: Albanian (Kosovo) aka Shqip, es_DO, es_BO, Romani, Hausa.
  • We have an open issue for updating Kyrgyz with its proper locale code.


  • @ocean90 and @petya will discuss the locale requests next week.
  • @petya will add the outstanding PTEs for requests older than 2 weeks by Friday.


Font family for headings in RTL locales changed to Arial

A quick note, we’ve switched the font family for headings in all RTL locales to bold Arial, see ticket #30807. The change only affects the admin area.

If that affects your locale and you have any concerns regarding this change, please comment on the ticket. Thanks!

#4-2, #announcement, #core, #rtl

As reported in Trac ticket #24694 the Italian…

As reported in Trac ticket #24694, the Italian 3.5.2 package fails on install.

Looks like the Italian team used revision 24493 to build the package, which does not include two latest fixes: [24495] and [24498]. The lack of the latter fix causes a fatal error due to undefined function.

Please rebuild the package using revision 24499 instead.

#it_it, #release

Please add Russian to bbPress → International Forums…

Please add Russian to bbPress → International Forums, Theme and Support Plugin.

The forums theme .pot will eventually be uploaded there, right? I still can’t find some strings in the latest wporg.pot from

#forums, #request, #ru_ru

Header codepage is currently broken on http ru…

Header codepage is currently broken on

Used to be:

#request, #ru_ru

On WP 3.3 ru RU Credits page aside…

On WP 3.3 ru_RU Credits page, aside from validators, there are some translators who don’t seem to have any approved strings in the final 3.3 release: agvares, cstrife and ivankovalenko. Is that some kind of a caching issue, or is there a valid reason for them to be there?


Has the new font come to stay It’s…

Has the new font come to stay? It’s nice, but close to unreadable on Windows, especially in the sidebar and comment editing window.

In Rosetta deploy queue for ru RU there…

In Rosetta deploy queue for ru_RU, there are many entries I didn’t request. Where could they come from?

I did, however, request the one from 12.07.2011 21:22, due to updated screenshot. Is it possible to deploy it?

#request, #rosetta, #ru_ru

Please remove teleman and a1ex from ru RU…

Please remove teleman and a1ex from ru_RU validators for WordPress.

#credits, #request, #ru_ru

Local support forums e g http ru forums…

Local support forums (e.g. or currently show nothing but a blank space right after “View your profile” link. When not logged in, the page loads correctly. Clearing cookies didn’t help.


WordPress 3.1.4 is released According to the changelog…

WordPress 3.1.4 is released. According to the changelog, there are no string changes.

#core, #release

In the “Requesting access” section at the end…

In the “Requesting access” section at the end of, there’s a link to the old mailing list (with a typo). Perhaps it should be updated.

When I try to upload an image on…

When I try to upload an image on, I get this error:

Unable to create directory /home/rosetta/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/15/files/2011/04. Is its parent directory writable by the server?

Is uploading not allowed?


It has been reported by several users on…

It has been reported by several users on in the past few weeks that a topic author now cannot mark their topics as resolved (only moderators can). If I remember correctly, this
capability used to be available for topic authors.

I’d like to know if it’s still available on the other forums. Is this a bug or an intended change?


Is it possible to enable Akismet on http…

Is it possible to enable Akismet on

I’m not sure if it’s on or off since I seem to be able to mark posts as spam (and recover them) by hacking post_status manually. However there are no visible links neither for that nor for viewing the spam queue.

#forums, #request, #ru_ru