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Why the Caligula article?[edit]

I can stumble along in French, and I've just made a very rough translation of the French article on this topic; but who in the world thinks this needs to be translated into English? It sounds like it's been copied from an old French encyclopedia; the existing article on Caligula in English Wikipedia is much more extensive and better written. The French article mentions a couple of pop-culture works (in French) that aren't listed in the English version, and gives a paragraph quoted from Suetonius on Caligula's appearance; otherwise, I don't see anything that isn't already covered in English. Can someone provide a raison d'etre for this translation request?  :-) --Textorus 01:45, 28 December 2006 (UTC)

Because of the stuff you mentioned that isn't in it? : ) Seriously, when I came up with this idea, I didn't realise how poor foreign language articles are. I mean, look at this Vietnamese article of Jake Gyllenhaal. I would grade that a stub here - there, unbelievably, it's a Featured Article. I think they'd be better off translating from us rather than the other way around. But I figure that we can at least take some facts from these articles. I found three sentences in the Oscar Wilde article that weren't in the English version, you've found some stuff. Not much, but it's something.
What I think might be a better bet though, is to find article on LGBT matters that are of that language. Say, improve articles on German homosexuals with information from the German wiki articles on those people - so, improving Manfred Bruns with de:Manfred Bruns, and so on. I figure that might be the way forward. Dev920 (Have a nice day!) 02:26, 28 December 2006 (UTC)
I getcha. Well I'll see if I can throw in a couple of those things from the French article; I cruise around over there sometimes, so maybe I'll find something else worth translating. You're right, quality seems a little rocky in other languages. The French article "Anglicanism and Homosexuality" talks about the United Church of Canada and the Unitarian-Universalist church--but not a word about any Anglican church anywhere in it!! LOL I may work on that, though I'm really better translating into English. And yeah, the Vietnamese article on Gyllenhall is a trip! But you did a fantastic job on him in English. Bravo! --Textorus 02:44, 28 December 2006 (UTC)


I've been looking through other Wikipedias, and am noticing a number of articles that don't have any equivalent over here, most notably on the Polish encyclopedia. However, none of these articles have any references. Should I list them here anyway, or are we creating more stubs for ourselves that we'll never work on? Dev920 (Have a nice day!) 19:10, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

Basic topics?[edit]

It would be nice to have a list of basic LGBT topics (and short easily translatable stubs) that can be created on Wikipedias with no current LGBT coverage. Many of the smaller Wikipedias currently have no coverage, and this might galvanise people into action. - Francis Tyers · 08:42, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

See our core topics. Dev920 (Have a nice day!) 16:21, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

Danish Wiki articles / General translation questions[edit]

Hello :) I'm new and would like to help, so I was wondering what kind of articles are targeted for translation into English, because I could look through the Danish Wiki and try to find some that may be relevant, and the Norwegian Wikis perhaps too.

In general I would also like to ask, if it's ok to just do a straight translation from the foreign-language article into English? I lack further knowledge on the German ones currently on the list, but a straight translation I could work with :)

Lastly, if the original doesn't contain references, I would find it hard to find references. Is it ok to still post the article like that?

Thanks :) Cherryleaf (talk) 14:35, 11 August 2008 (UTC)


Anyone interested in adding some information about "Minet" to our article Twink? I don't see anything on the French wikipedia, but the French wiktionary says that a minet is (loosely translated) "Name given to a young boy whose alluring behaviour is similar to that of a cat". -- SatyrTN (talk / contribs) 01:01, 21 August 2008 (UTC)