Saturday, May 2, 2015

Tatoeba update (May 2nd, 2015)

* You can now choose to restrict the list of languages for the "From" and "To" fields in a search query to the ones that you've listed in your profile. To enable this restriction, go to your settings and select the appropriate checkbox.

* The default level for a language that you add to your profile is now zero rather than unspecified.

* Unapproved sentences are displayed with a warning icon. Sidebar text about unapproved sentences has been removed.

* Hovering with the mouse over a tag will now show the name of the user who added it.

* Dynamic button labels that were not localized are localized now.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tatoeba update (April 25th, 2015)

# Redirection after registration:
* Instead of being redirected to the "Help" page after registering, users are redirected to the home page. They are shown a flash message that welcomes them and recommends that they add languages to their profile.

# Lists of languages:
* The dropdown lists for adding a new language, adding a translation, or changing the language of a sentence are restricted to the languages indicated in your profile.
* People who have not added any language in their profile will not see the form to add a sentence or translation. Instead, they will see a message with a button to go to the page to add a language.
* The "Auto detect" option appears only if there are two or more languages in the profile.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tatoeba update (April 19th, 2015)

Language code in URL

All the UI languages now use the same codes as the the rest of Tatoeba. This affects the following languages:
  • Chinese: chi → cnm
  • French: fre → fra
  • Greek: gre → ell
  • Portuguese (Brasil): pt_BR → por
URL's containing the previous language code will redirect to URL's with the new language code.

Users languages

The users languages are now exported into a CSV file. It contains the following fields:
  • language code
  • level
  • username
  • details

Update notes

As mentioned in the last update, I was looking for someone to replace me to write the update notes. Alan (AlanF_US) volunteered to take care of this task.

This will change a bit the organization of the updates. Up until now, the update notes were posted pretty much right after the update was done. In the next updates, the notes may be posted later, or sooner.

If you need to follow closely the changes we are implementing in Tatoeba, you can always follow what we are doing on GitHub, as explained in this wiki article:

We will still need one or two more people for this task. This is not because writing update notes is a huge task, but because we need more people to acquire enough technical knowledge about Tatoeba to understand what we are doing in GitHub, and be able to communicate the changes that are made to those who have less technical knowledge.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Tatoeba update (April 5th, 2015)

Admins can prevent users from adding new sentences and translations

We regularly have issues with users adding inappropriate sentences in Tatoeba, or sentences that don't meet the standards of the project.

To deal with such cases, admins can now disable access to the features of adding and translating sentences for a specified user. The user will still be able to log into Tatoeba, which will allow the admins (or other members) to still communicate with the user, but any sentence or translation that the user will try to submit will be rejected.

If you notice a user whose contributions should be restricted, please contact the admins at the following address: Avoid posting about it on the Wall or in comments on sentences since the user you are mentioning may feel offended and cause us more trouble.

Name of country translated

The name of the country displayed in the profile is now translated in the other languages of the interface.

Looking for someone to write the update notes

I am looking for someone who can replace me to write the update notes that I post every week, whenever Tatoeba is updated (like this one that you are reading).

If there is no one, then there will simply be no more update notes. Users will still be able to get information about what changed for each update, but the information will not necessarily be formatted in a user-friendly way.

If you are interested in taking this role, please send me (Trang) a private message on Tatoeba. Thank you.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tatoeba update (March 28th, 2015)

Users languages

Last week we introduced the possibility for users to indicate their languages. This week, we have a page that lists the users for each language. You can find it under "Members" > "Languages of members" in the menu.

Collapsible translations

You have now the option to hide translations when there are too many. You can enable it in your settings by checking "".

When this option is on, you will see a link "Show more translations" on sentences that have more than 5 translations. Clicking on the link will display the hidden translations.

This option is turned off by default for logged in users because it still needs some improvements. The order in which translations are displayed is based on the language ISO code. It means that the displayed translations are not necessarily the ones you will be the most interested in. The plan is to display in priority translations in the languages that you have added in your profile.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Tatoeba update (March 21st, 2015)

Language levels in profile

We have an important new feature: you can now indicate in your profile the languages that you speak, learn or are interested in! We highly encourage everyone to list their languages in their profile with this new feature.

Many contributors have already indicated their languages in their profile description, but the information can now be stored in a more structured way, which will be useful to build other features around it:
  • We can customize the languages displayed in the dropdown lists, and only display the languages that you have added in your profile.
  • We can sort the translations to display in priority sentences in the languages that you know.
  • We can sort the search results to give more priority to sentences added by native speakers.
  • We can display the main language(s) of each contributor in the members list, or in the comments header, or in the sentences header.
  • And so on...


Tatoeba now supports HTTPS:

Website interface

The website interface is now available in Lojban.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tatoeba update (March 14th, 2015)


A search feature has been added for tags. You can filter the tags on the tags page to display only tags containing a certain string.


The homepage has been updated. Users who are logged in will not see any difference. Users who are not logged in will now see the same thing as logged in users, with an additional block containing the description of Tatoeba, and buttons to log in or register.

Edit in place for new translations

It is now possible again to edit a translation right after adding it, by clicking on it.

Sentence comment form

The comment form was not displayed pages of sentences that have no log. This has been fixed.

New languages

2 new languages have been added: Khasi (added last week) and Javanese.

Tatoeba days

This is an early announcement that we're planning to organize a regular event that we will call "Tatoeba day". The main idea is to have, every once in a while, one day where we gather and work together on improving Tatoeba.

The format of the event is not clearly defined so we would like to know your thoughts about this idea. Also, if you would like to help in the organization of such an event, please let us know.