Content Translation Tool RestrictionsThis utility is currently suspended for newer editors on the English Wikipedia. This restriction does not impact translating pages from English.
|This page in a nutshell: The Content translation tool is a beta feature that provides a framework for translating pages from one Wikipedia to another. Both the software and the community expectations for this tool are still under development. |
The content translation tool assists users in translating existing Wikipedia articles from one language to another. Users select an article in any language, then select another language, and the interface provides machine translation which the human user can then use as inspiration to make readable text in another language.
Users should be familiar with the target language. They should also not only publish the machine translation as is, but should proofread the translation which usually contains strange wording and errors.
English Wikipedia restrictions
The English Wikipedia community has restricted article creation by the WMF's semi-automatic content translation tool to extended confirmed users. This access is automatically applied to extended confirmed users (editors who have been registered for at least 30 days and have made at least 500 edits to the English Wikipedia). In addition, integration with machine translation has been disabled for all users.
Due to a configuration error, between at least 11 December 2015 and 26 July 2016, this tool was using machine translation from the source language to English. The user was then expected to check and fix the translation before publication. Unfortunately, a high proportion of these articles were considered unacceptable by English Wikipedia's standards. Estimates are that, before machine translation was turned off, 95% of articles created with this tool were unacceptable without significant additional work. Additionally, other issues with the tool, such as poor markup and mangled references, were common. A list of affected pages can be seen at User:ToThAc/CXT list.
In 2016, the community talked about developing a process whereby trusted editors would be able to gain access to this tool. The community also intended to develop a venue where less experienced editors could submit translations for evaluation before being published in the main namespace. The community decided at an unknown date that all extended confirmed editors can automatically gain access to the tool. WP:AFC may be used as a venue for less experienced editors to submit translations for evaluation.
Use of the content translation tool for machine translations from the English Wikipedia into other projects is controlled by the destination projects.
Turning the tool on and off
Extended confirmed users can enable the content translation tool by clicking on the blue button at the top of this page in the nutshell description, labeled "Go to Special:ContentTranslation" and then choosing the link for "Try it now!". Doing so automatically invokes the tool's entry at the beta features of your preferences. In order to disable it, you must visit that section of your preferences and remove the checkmark for its entry.
Why machine translation is disabled in content translation
Raw or lightly edited machine translations have long been considered by the English Wikipedia community to be worse than nothing. Articles translated without adaptations are often unsourced or badly sourced, which violates our verifiability policy. Unedited machine translations are also often so poor as to distort the intended meaning, for example by missing a negation in a sentence; to clean up the output into acceptable prose, a human sufficiently fluent in English is needed who understands the source language well enough to be sure that the meaning has not been scrambled or distorted. Other policies and guidelines on the English Wikipedia, such as notability, cannot be checked automatically either, and need a human familiar with English Wikipedia's version of the applicable policies to know if the translated article is acceptable.
Pages created prior to 27 July 2016 used to be evaluated for speedy deletion under now deprecated temporary criterion WP:X2. These pages may now be moved to draft space for review since most of the remaining articles did not need speedy deletion but rather a review.
MinT machine translation
The WMF Language team has added another machine translation (MT) system for Content Translation in some Wikipedias called MinT; you can use MinT machine translation when translating Wikipedia articles using the Content and Section Translation tool.
The WMF Language team provides the MinT service. It is hosted in the Wikimedia Foundation Infrastructure with neural machine translation models that other organizations have released with an open-source license. MinT integrates translation based on NLLB-200, OpusMT, IndicTrans2 and Softcatalà. This MT is set as optional in your Wikipedia. Still, you can choose not to use it by selecting "Start with empty paragraph" from the "Initial Translation" dropdown menu.
Since MinT is hosted in the WMF Infrastructure and the models are open source, it adheres to Wikipedia's policies about attribution of rights, your privacy as a user and brand representation. You can find more information about the MinT machine translation and the models on this page.
Please note that the use of the MinT MT is not compulsory. However, we would want your community to:
- use it to improve the quality of the Machine Translation service
- provide feedback about its quality, and if you prefer the MinT machine translation as default in your Wikipedia.
The following logs are related to the CXT extension:
- Recent edits that were prevented:
- Recent edits that were successful:
- Extension statistics
- Administrators' Noticeboard discussion 2016-07-31
- Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard 03:30, 28 July 2016
- gerrit:301065 / phabricator:rGCXS447a6c98a3de6b0c56e8421f83bd2f4b22b5b1b4 / Server Admin Log
- Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard 22:17, 26 July 2016
- Administrators' Noticeboard discussion 2016-07-27
- See, for example, the May 2003 version of Wikipedia:Translations; or the December 2006 version of Wikipedia:Translation for the first appearance of the "Worse than nothing" language.
- The Wikipedia Content Translation Tool celebrates 100,000 translations
- How to translate Wikipedia articles | Wikimedia UK
- Meta:Abstract Wikipedia — A project that lets people share more knowledge in various languages