Earlier this year, the Wikimedia Foundation, which owns Wikipedia, reached an agreement with Google to incorporate Google Translate into the translation tool of the online library. However, since its incorporation, the tool has generated multiple problems for the editors of the encyclopedia and has made it question whether Wikipedia should continue to use virtual translators.
“The Indonesian community of Wikipedia has formally requested that Wikimedia remove the translation tool.”
Initially, the news of the agreement with Google was very well received and the incorporation of its tool was approved by the majority of the members of the community. The editors thought that their arrival would simplify the work and speed up the writing of articles.
However, when starting the tool, editors have perceived that it is inefficient and requires careful monitoring by human translators, which only slows down the process and generates more work, especially for the few volunteers who manage the non-Anglo-Saxon editions of Wikipedia.
The problem has reached such extremes that in English Wikipedia, the community enabled a special “quick removal” tool so that administrators could more quickly erase all articles translated by this translation tool.
However, the problem continued to spread and other Wikipedia communities, such as Indonesia, have formally requested that the Wikimedia Foundation remove the translation tool.
For its part, the foundation is reluctant to eliminate the translator, especially after Google decided to collaborate with the online encyclopedia after months of insistence and requests.
In any case, the problem remains unresolved and continues to affect the smaller editions of Wikipedia, which do not have enough volunteers and editors to deal with Google Translate errors.
Only 15 of the 301 editions of Wikipedia have more than one million articles, while in English, Wikipedia exceeds the 5.5 million articles available. The problems of translation generate so much inequality that more than half of the editions of Wikipedia do not even have articles on Homo Sapiens and 206 editions have nothing written about the emotion of happiness.