Message sent on Sept 19th:
"Dear CM & French Mods/Subbers of Women Power Team,
You are receiving this message from Viki because we noticed that most of these channels have had little to no activity for the last few months pertaining to French subtitles. We want to complete the rest of the unfinished French subtitles on a few channels for our French viewing audience, therefore we will be using French machine translations for “Why Couldn’t You Get Married?.”
After completion of the machine translations, please feel free to modify/edit the machine translations to improve them if they are not up to standard.
We plan to start these translations as of Sept 19th, 2019 and appreciate your understanding and we will be sending messages to active French volunteers on these channels to inform them as well. Thank you!
Viki Community Team"
Pigs are flying:
We are Sept 19th, Viki picked an absent CM/French mod for 3 years, Viki did nothing for 3 years, now instead of looking for new people, they look for translation machine that they forbid us (we know why it is forbidden), but not for them.
And they just updated their volunteering article about “no translation machine allowed” and “active CM” this week.
And we just received this message on… Sept 19th. How is it called ‘communication’ or ‘information’? The same day? Is it April 1st?
All this matter and how it is handled is really disrespectful towards volunteers, viewers who get machine translation (why not looking for new volunteers?) and for quality matters.
If I follow this logic, you could replace all inactive CM/mods by machines then since you don’t know how to pick CMs. If the CM absence is causing a full language to be translated by a machine: I wonder why this CM is still CM and why she was picked and maintained by Viki.
Not promoting and no caring about the community. A machine is not the community and the community is not there to clean after a machine if there are volunteers who could subtitle and edit.
Not respecting your own rules
Can I report Viki if they don’t follow the own guidelines they set?
Not respecting your viewers and your volunteers.
Viewers are paying. They are not paying for machine translations.
As volunteers, it’s treating us like crap. It’s thanks to volunteers’ free work that Viki gains money and can sell their Viki pass. It’s thanks to volunteers if you’re in the stock exchange and can pay salaries to Viki community team. The money you gain, it’s greatly thanks to volunteers.
So treat us better, it’s the least you could do. We’re doing it for free already.