Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Looking for people to help us maintain and improve the current version

Well, it's been a while since I've posted something here. You'll have to excuse me but I'm gonna skip the part where I trace back all the things that happened in the past two years. That will be for another day. Right now, we need to get some things done.

For those who don't know, a few years back we decided that Tatoeba needed a new version, and we started working on a new version. And by "we", I mean mostly Sysko. He's still working on it because it's not something easy, and he doesn't have so much time, and I will not talk about it here because he can tell more about this than me. But, until we finally release the new version, we will need people to help us maintain and improve the current Tatoeba.

There are certain things that we will simply not be able to do in the current version due to technical limitations, and that is why we started a new version, but there are still many things we can do to improve the user experience, there are still many things we can do to improve and optimize the current code. And we need people for this.

Ideally, we would prefer people who can (and want to) stay with us in the long term (and I mean several years... at least), and become really part of the team. But of course, if you would like to give only a ponctual help to this project, that's okay too. We're not going to refuse any kind of help :)

It doesn't matter if you don't know much about programming, or more specifically, Web development. What matters more is that you have a deep interest in the project and feel passionate enough about it to learn whatever is necessary to make it better.
When I decided to start Tatoeba 7 years ago, I knew near to nothing about programming (seriously). All I knew is that I wanted something like Tatoeba, and I wasn't able to find it. So I figured I would just make it myself, whether it would take 5, 10 or 50 years. So this kind of mindset is much more important to me than any knowledge that you may or may not have.

If you do have some knowledge about Web development and would like to know more about the technical aspects of the current Tatoeba, you can check out this page. It will guide you on how to install Tatoeba on your own machine and you can explore the code. To be honest our documentation is still in a quite miserable state at the present time... but we're working on it.

Last but not least, if you know people who could be interested in helping us with the code, please let them know we're looking for people to join our dev team!

Thanks for reading, and I hope to hear from some of you!


  1. I would like to join you
    please till how to join you
    I am a senior .net developer web and desktop since early 2009

    I have interest in Japanese language and I used to study Japanese
    also I was planing on study php & MySql in the next stage
    also I am working on English Japanese dictionary
    those days and I was looking to participate in online project like this one

    I really would like to join

    1. I would mostly need to know your email address to communicate more easily, so just send me an email to :)

      You can also drop in our IRC channel (server: freenode, channel: #tatoeba) and talk to me (Trang).


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