Translator FAQs - If you have a question, please read this first!
• Why is my language not available for translation yet?
If your language is not available at signup, you can be sure we're working towards making it available soon - we want to have a version of Twitter for everyone. We'll be regularly communicating which languages we need help with, so check out @translator to keep up with the latest news.
• When am I going to get a translator badge?
We update all of our users' profiles with badges once a week. Your badge will appear within a week of reaching the required level.
• How do I become a Top translator?
Top translators are selected by an algorithm that determines which users provided the best translation quality.
• What do levels get me and how do they work?
While translating on Twitter should not be a competition or a race, we like to acknowledge the contribution of those willing to spend a lot of time helping out. Hopefully, this adds an element of fun and encourages you and others to participate! You may notice the first few levels are fairly quick to go through, and the later ones require some more time and dedication. Contribute the amount that feels right to you.
• How do I keep up with news around the translation community and the Translation Center?
Follow @translator! This Twitter account will Tweet about new features, new strings, bugs, fun factoids, and translation-related news.
• How do I invite my friends and colleagues to participate?
A invite button is coming soon to the Translation Center home page. You can use this to send a detailed invitation, but anyone can access it by going to http://translate.twttr.com/ and connecting to the application.
• I accidentally set up the Translation Center in a language other than the language I want to translate Twitter into. What do I do?
To get your language settings changed, you should contact us via this form: http://support.twitter.com/forms/translation. In it, don’t forget to specify what language you would like your current settings changed to. Please do not ask us to change your language, just so that you can earn more points or levels.
• I speak and want to translate Twitter into two or more languages currently on the Translation Center. How do I switch my settings into another language?
Although we don’t want to discourage you from translating Twitter into more than one language, we have found that the majority of translators are most successful when they focus on a single language - a language which oftentimes is their native tongue. If you really want to tackle two languages simultaneously, we advise you to open a second Twitter account, from which you can access the Translation Center in a secondary language.
• What if I log into the Translation Center, but everything is already translated for my language?
Every string is considered on its own, so although someone else might have already submitted a variant translation, you can always provide new translations for the same phrase - especially if you see a way to improve upon the existing one. We aspire to provide the best possible localized experience for Twitter, so if a better translation for a certain string exists out there, both Twitter staff and our moderator team will take notice of it. Further, even if your translation was not the first one to be suggested, it will still count towards your Translator level.
• I no longer want to be a translator. I want my badge to be removed from my profile page.
Unfortunately, we don't support this feature yet. If you want to have your badge removed from your profile page, we can block your access to the translation center, and then your badge will disappear from your account. Please note that if you request this from us, though, you will no longer be able to participate in the translation process.
• Why are some users blocked in the Translation Center?
We block users who display abusive behavior in the Translation Center. Examples of such behavior are the following:
- Submitting machine translations, copy-pasted directly from Google Translate or other similar services
- Submitting offensive language or random strings
- Submitting multiple strings in English, or strings in other languages
- Translating to a different language than the one specified in your settings
- Harassing other members of the community
- Violating any of the Twitter rules, available here: https://support.twitter.com/articles/18311-the-twitter-rules
• How do I become a Translation Center moderator?
Whenever a language is about to be launched, we select a small group of moderators based on the qualities they have shown through their forum activity and translation work. We generally look for dedicated people, who can assist us with fast and quality translations - people who are active in the translation forums, people who generally help others and initiate conversations about translation quality and phrase usage, people who can help us release to the world the best possible version of Twitter in their language. Even if the group of moderators for an already launched language might already previously set, know that your efforts will be noticed by the Translation Center community managers! You’re more than welcome to ask us through the forums whether there are any moderating volunteer positions open in your language!
• I'd also like the ability to translate while browsing Twitter - is that possible?
This is something we're considering. We love translators to be able to translate in the way that's easiest to them. Stay tuned for more news about this feature!