After WordPress Translation Day 1 in April 2016 and WordPress Translation Day 2 in November 2016, we can start thinking about the next global translation event to push WordPress, plugins and themes toward being available in more languages.
This is an official call for organisers.
WordPress Translation Day is a remote conference combined with a global contributor day that happens for 24 hours in as many locations as possible around the world.
It has a 24 hour live streaming schedule with speakers and trainsers from the current Translation teams onboarding new contributors, sharing knowledge, and discussing important issues. One of the goals of the live streaming is to get to know each other and to introduce our teams to other teams across the globe working on the same projects.
The other really important part of WordPress translation Day are the local events – contributor days dedicated to translation, organised by volunteers.
What are the roles of the WordPress Translation Day organisers?
- Communication (marketing) volunteers – tasks include event announcements, social media announcements, social media support during the event, spreading the word and helping people find information
- Design volunteers – tasks include creating banners, posters and swag for the event
- Outreach volunteers – a really important role – direct contact with potential local organisers is really important and our outreach volunteers get in touch with local WordPress event organisers and invite them to oraganise a local event during WordPress translation day. They also provide information and support and put organisers in touch with mentors.
- Website/admin volunteers – we have a website we use to market the event wptranslationday.org – it needs content managers and admins to help communicate the event better, upload the schedule, post announcements and speakers, etc.
- Live Streaming content volunteers – tasks include putting out call for speakers, speaker selection, finding and mentoring speakers, supporting speakers during the event
- Local events mentors – an important role on the team. The local events mentors help event organisers structure and announce their events, get people to attend and advice them on resources they can use during the event
Who can join the team?
Anyone who would like to dedicate time and effort to organise WordPress Translation Day is welcome to join the team. If you have a couple of hours a week to spare, the Polyglots team would really appreciate your help. WordPress Translation Day has been essential for many local communities around the globe and each edition helps more people to understand us better, join us and become a part of the global family.
When is WordPress Translation Day going to be?
That depends on when a team forms. One suggestion is that WordPress Translation Day 3 is on September 30th, International Translation Day.
Want to read more about previous Translation Days, watch video and learn how they were organised? Here are a few links:
#global-wordpress-translation-day, #gwtd, #translation-day, #wordpress-translation-day
As you all know, Global WordPress Translation Day 2 is coming on November 12th. We invite everyone involved with the Polyglots team to consider organising or taking a part in a small local meetup dedicated to translating. This is what we call “Local events” and in April we had more than 40 organised in different parts of the world.
I thought I could share some tips on how to organise your local event for those of you who feel hesitant or think it takes special knowledge or experience. It doesn’t really – you can just gather a couple of people with their laptops in a cafe for two hours and who them translate.wordpress.org – that will be enough 🙂
Here are a few more structured ideas:
Organise your local event:
- Pick a place (it can be your office, a coffee shop with wifi connection or a co-working space – choose whichever is easiest)
- Create a Facebook or a meetup.com event and invite people
- Publish the information about your event on your Rosetta site (if you don’t have access, ping us in the comments and we’ll make sure we connect you to the right people). There is a template with an announcement you can use, you can find it here.
On the day of the event:
- Start by introducing the Polyglots team and what we do. If you have a room with a projector, here is a sample presentation in English that you can translate to your language with the basics: Download.
- Get everyone registered on WordPress.org
- Get everyone on Slack and get them to join the #Polyglots channel
- Introduce them to http://translate.wordpress.org and show them how to use it
- Get everyone to pick one of their favourite plugins or themes and start translating it into their language
Some handbook pages that can help you!
Share pictures and videos from your event
- On the day, we will be using the website http://wptranslationday.org to show everything shared on Twitter with the hashtag #WPTranslationDay coming from around the world
- We would love it if you got the people around you to tweet videos and images from your event – it will be a great way to feel you’re a part of the global initiative.
Once you decide you want to organise an event, please make sure you’ve gone through the following steps:
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments or on Slack.
The first Global WordPress Translation Day was so much fun and made a real difference for us as a global team. That’s why on November 12th, we’re doing it again and everyone can join!
What are we doing?
Local translation contributor days – as many as possible (last time we had more than 50, let’s beat that!)
Remote events for as many languages as possible to support contributors who would like to join from their home
24 hours of live streaming sessions about localization and internationalization (L10n and i18n).
Who are the sessions for?
New contributors who would like to learn how to translate WordPress in their language
New and experienced translation editors – the sessions will have useful tips and advice how to build and maintain a strong translation team
Developers who would like to find translators for their projects – the sessions will teach you how to work with the polyglots team and how to build a translation community around your products
Developers who would like to learn how to prepare their plugins and themes for localization
Everyone who would like to learn how translations work in WordPress and get a general idea of the work of the Polyglots team.
When is it happening?
On November 12th, 2016, starting at exactly 0:00 UTC.
See when the event starts for you!
Why are we doing it?
- To have fun and get to know each other better.
- To encourage more translation contributors to get involved and expand the WordPress Polyglots team
- To improve the general understanding of how WordPress deals with translations among the development community
- To create strong connections between the plugin and theme authors and the WordPress translation community
How can you join?
Please also comment below if you’d like to get involved but are not sure how. We’ll help you out!
That’s it for now. Let’s make the second one even better.
P.S Important links:
#global-wordpress-translation-day-2, #gwtd, #translate-wordpress, #translation-day