- Nov 24, 2013
There's a big difference between a static Wikipedia article and a dynamic topic with back and forth posts.I am not sure what you mean by that and if I agree with that.
Why nearly impossible? On the contrary, very easy to accomplish, see Wikipedia.
Surf any Wiki article you want, as example the Berlin article.
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You see on the left sidebar, with one click you can switch the content to a specific other language.
Imagine a thread, which would have a setting/filter like that. Just click on the language (if available) and the content would switch to that language. Not an auto-translation of the main language, an entirely manually made translation (of course if someone provided that content). And the replies would also be unique to that language.
So, let's say my thread is "How are you today" with 17 English replies. Switching the language to German, of course if someone provided a translation of the question, then it would have its own replies, maybe only 4 replies to that thread.
Not sure why this should be impossible? It would be just a reloading of the page with a different thread ID, where somewhere in the database it links those 2 threads to each other, so the choosing language process knows which thread to load by selecting a language.
Yes, you can translate a static article into multiple languages. But how would a forum topic go? Would a user voluntarily provide multiple language translations for one post with multiple responses from multiple people with multiple levels of language skills? Wouldn't that lead to fractured and broken conversations? You can't have post #3 available in English and German, but post #4 available in only English, and post #5 available in German and post #6-9 available in Esperanto.
Even in Woltlab, they don't mix the German and English in ONE discussion item. They have completely separate boards.