Posted on: 2005/4/27 21:06
Re: What's going on with XOOPS
While I can see an easier implementation doing as you suggest Mith, I dont think the unification effort would resound throughout the entire community as well. I would view this a a big embrace to the international community from the org.
With all things considered, I think this should attempt to unify our dev colonies in a framework which makes it as easy as possible to gather and distribute news information across language barriers.
While creating some closed forums could be a simple solution, it is not as unifying, all encompasing, or warm and fuzzy as what I'm envisioning. Then again what do I know?
my point is that whoever can post NEWS in their native language on their own site and it would be the responsibility of that local site's representatives to relay that information in English to the closed forums here on xoops.org
I'm guessing that this could have been happening up to now and for whatever reason has not. My suggestion attempts to provide a means of easing the burden of the 'local site representative', while simultaneously providing a posting place that Devs could use for information which should be reviewed for inclusion into a xoops-wide information distribution.
This would significantly reduce the burden on the 'local site representative', while spreading the responsibility for identifying newsworthy content to geography's submitters.
The main point is that native language communication should be on local sites and relayed/translated in English by the local site representatives. Since it will have to be translated in order to be meaningful to others, native language information might as well be on the local site.
The only person who would need to see any native language posts in this scenario would be the posters themselves, and their 'local site representative'.
The 'local site representative' WOULD translate and move the documents to an appropriate English Lang forum (which could be browsable by all) *after* deciding that the posts in their own forum are appropriate.
The benifit of this is that you can create a WOX forum, a Module News forum...bla bla.. Where appropriate content *Would* be moved after translation by the 'local site representative'.
Now in order to publish an English Lang newsletter, the newsletter admin need only look to a single forum where all of the world's entries have been verified for content and translated.
Who cares how useful the information in a particular native language forum is to others? This is the responsibility of the 'local site representative'... if he/she deems it appropriate it Will be translated and moved to the appropriate forum (where it can be read in english). If he/she deems it inappropriate, the responsibility of that action lies with the 'local site representative' and not the organization. This distributes the responsibility for timely posts to the 'local site representative', just as having multi lingual submissions to the specific geography's forum distributes the the aggregation of news items to the community.
I see huge benifits on the administrative side to having a posting place for *xoops-wide news in any lang. It looks to me like it could save hours for the 'local site representative'. Run it as it's own entity seperate from the news which may only be applicable to a specific geography. Now, you could also run an RSS feed for each Geo which pulled native lang *xoops-wide news from the forums and have a single point of entry. Just extrapolating...
I see the 'local site representative' able to sift through information in a single forum (their own geography) MUCH easier than trying to review all the news items and pull from there, particularly in a high throughput geography.
The easier we can make this entire process for the submitters and admins, the more likely it will act to unite diverse XOOPS camps.
Pshew, I'm going to get another cup of coffee