The Worldwide Lexicon project is currently in public testing (also known as beta testing in the software industry). The system is working well for most people, but it is experimental, and we expect to encounter problems. If you encounter an error or abnormal behavior (such as translations being over-written), please post a comment to this page with a detailed explanation of what you encountered, what you were trying to do and what page you were on. The more detail you can provide, the easier it will be for us to reproduce and fix the problem.
Bugs We Are Already Aware Of (And Temporary Fixes)
We are currently working on the following issues.
WWL Picks Up Headlines But Not Full Text For Articles
Problem: WWL displays a list of articles for a website, but when I click on the headline, I see only a short synopsis or no text.
Cause: the RSS feed does not contain full text, just headlines and possibly a short synopsis of the article
Fix: submit a full text RSS feed to WWL –or– train your volunteers to go to your website and cut and paste the full text of the article referenced in the RSS feed, then use that as the source for the translation. This is easy to do and takes only a few seconds per document.
I Registered My Site But Nobody Is Contributing Translations
Problem: the website is registered and appears in the index, but nobody is contributing translations
Cause: you could be encountering issue #1 above, or nobody is submitting translations
Fix: try submitting a dummy translation, if it is not saved, you’ll need to wait a few days for the next update to the WWL service, then this should go away. If the dummy translation is saved, then nobody is submitting translations, probably because they do not know about WWL or how to contribute to it. Be sure to link to WWL prominently. If you have an email list, you should send an invitation. Also try to identify volunteers who will be enthusiastic about the project, and will help train others to use the system. WWL is a social project, so you need to inform and motivate your audience to help share your work with the world (which shouldn’t be hard to do if you have something worthwhile to share).