Translation: Something to get lost in?

You may have noticed over the course of the Empire Avenue beta that Influencers originate from many different parts of the world. Sadly, we’ve only been able to offer the site in English. That’s about to change.

As some of you may be aware, we’ve taken some small steps this past week to test our process, and get some basic translation in at the same time.

If you go to your Settings/Edit Profile page, you’ll find you can change your language preference to Français or Español. This will change some of the tabs, buttons, and navigation links to the selected language. A small step, but it’s a start.

Next steps.
In the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling out Translate.EmpireAvenue.com — a site which will let you get more involved with Empire Avenue and help us out with translation tasks.

We’re still fleshing out the process and the interface, but since we’ve received a lot of enthusiastic offers of translation support we’d be fools not to take advantage of it. And we’re not fools, unless it’s intentional 🙂

So, here it is, a Call for Translators!
We can’t wait for the next few weeks for the whole system to get built, so what we’re doing is switching to manual procedures. If you want to help out, just fill out this handy form and someone (likely me) will get back to you with a translation task or three. Some of you have already helped us out with translation tasks (thank you!). If you’re willing to continue, please fill out the form as we’re changing how we keep track of translation work.

What you’ll be doing.
Basically, you’ll get a section of text, perhaps a portion of a help page. This will be your unit of work. Your job will be to translate it into the language(s) you indicated you can work in, while maintaining the spirit and tone of the text.

What’s in it for you?
Glory, and, erm, other stuff! As I’ve said before, we’re still fleshing out the whole Translate.EmpireAvenue.com process but if you get involved in translation now, there will be something special for you when the full site goes live. Oh, and you get to work with Rudiger, though some may not consider that a perk 🙂

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