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Wiki for translation of BD, other helps

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:43 pm
by bcpalmer60
We have a really fine missionary from France in our ward at this time, and he mentioned that their French LDS Bible is very simple as far as footnotes, etc. There is no French LDS Bible Dictionary or other resources.

I had an idea to quickly translate the Bible Dictionary into a language using a Wiki. Basically, people would volunteer to take an article from the English BD, then translate it into French (or whatever language). Others could review and edit the translation, and then, when everyone thought the entire BD was translated into a language, it could be incorporated into a new edition of the Bible in that language when the Church is able to do that. In the meantime, the Bible Dictionary would at least be available online.

Could the Church host such a Wiki? I know that you would have issues of moderators, etc., but I think it is definitely a doable idea. Some optional ideas for controlling the Wiki could include:
  • pre-create the stubs for the articles to be translated, and not allow users to create stubs
  • restrict authors to registered members of lds.org. (i.e. you have to know your membership number, confirmation date, etc.) Personally, I don't think this is necessary, but offer it as an option. (Who cares if a non-member wants to assist with translating a web page into their own language?)
What do you think?

RE: Wiki for translation of BD, other helps Reply to Thread

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 2:24 pm
by aaronleishman-p40
That is a great idea.

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 2:54 pm
by WelchTC
I'll send your ideas along to the proper department.

Tom