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Hi, I have started a crowdsourced translation website: http://www.wikitranslation.org

I am seeing a lot of people willing to request translations, but not as much people are willing to translate. How can I encourage users to contribute? Also, any pointers on the design are appreciated. Thanks for your time.




First thing: Watch this video from Luis von Ahn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQl6jUjFjp4

He is the creator of reCAPTCHA and working on a translation solution which answers your question (regarding how to get people to eagerly do work for your community) pretty eloquently.

Regarding your specific user engagement problem... I would venture to say that the problem you're solving here is not clear. You describe what your site can DO! But not what your site DOES for me. In other words, you're solving problems. Not providing solutions. This blog post from Dave McClure is pretty relevant here, too: http://500hats.typepad.com/500blogs/2009/08/your-solution-is...

Despite the aggressive tone of the article, I think there's a good insight on how you should be "pitching" on your website's landing page.


Awesome links. At first I thought it would work like Yahoo Answers or Quora- where there is no obvious benefit to answering questions. But I will refocus my efforts to let people learn a language and translate at the same time. Thanks a bunch!




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