Today I reported a user straight to Viki again because the user was copy pasting from Google Translate. Before I added that person to the team as a subber I made clear that doing this is against the rules but still this person did it, most likely thinking she wouldn’t get caught. And this was not a completely unknown language. But lately I get requests for languages I never heard of before, a little while someone wanted to be a subber for “Shindi” and that seems a ‘language’ spoken in the Pakistani region of Sindh but is not recognized as an official language.
This all had me thinking like maybe it’s time for Viki to limit the options because how high are the chances that a genuine subber from the Shindh region comes on Viki, decides to do all the work on their own and then who will watch it in that language?!
Now to keep it close to home for me. my native language is Dutch but I have various options to pick from.
Dutch: We sub in that obviously.
Limburgian: Is a dialect used by people from .Dutch province Limburg (and maybe the Belgian as well). People from Limburg usually use Dutch to sub too.
Frysk: Which is a language on it’s own used in the Dutch province Friesland. As the Netherlands is so tiny I wonder if any Dutchie from Friesland ever picked that option to sub into and just going for Dutch we can all speak and understand.
Flemish: I can’t find it listed anymore but it used to be an option. Flemish (Vlaams) is spoken in Vlaanderen, Belgium. But most people from Belgium either pick Dutch or French (or both).
The Netherlands is a rather small country and Belgium isn’t big big either and still we have multiple options. I don’t think The Netherlands is the only country that has multiple options listed. And from those options which are actually used by genuine subbers who really sub in that language and not use it to abuse the system? It happened quite a lot that work from other subbers is just copy pasted in a rather unknown language because someone wants to be a QC fast or maintain that status.
Yes it’s great Viki is all about building bridges and get rid of language barriers but I think that as the community is growing, as the volunteers are growing, as the abuse of the system is growing… I think it’s time for Viki to really look into the language options they offer and how much of those are used by people in the correct way.
So which languages should be removed in your opinion and why?