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Translation Etiquette?

Hi everyone,

I'm still new to duolingo and I'm trying to get a feel for what the translation etiquette is here. For example, when should you edit a translation done by another user: only when you think it's really incorrect (i.e. they misunderstood the text or the wording is completely unnatural in the translation), whenever you think you have a slightly better version, or whenever you personally would have done something different? And when is it appropriate to leave explanatory comments? I personally feel an urge to explain the things that I change, but I noticed that that doesn't seem to be common, and I thought maybe other people found it annoying or unnecessary when I leave comments everywhere, so I find myself kind of limiting my comments. Does anyone have any thoughts, opinions or advice for me? What is your ideal for a language collaborator on duolingo?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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There is no translation etiquette per se, but this thread (http://www.duolingo.com/comment/984423) is something close.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/greenteagirl67

Thanks! That helps a lot!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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About comments, IMO, try to always leave a comment or at least never restrain you to leave one if you want to.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/detharon

Generally, we follow our own common sense, and because we're all different the rules are a bit inconsistent.

I try not to change anything if the version provided by someone else already sounds good, because it's a very subjective matter. I've seen some people changing "football" to "soccer", and I feel that's just plain wrong and unnecessary.

Comments are always welcomed :) Unless it's very obvious (like a typo, missing word, bad syntax, etc.) I always want to know why someone thinks that my translation had to be changed.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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More comments the better.

4 years ago