bug.jpgThe 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.

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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).


7 Responses to Bugs

  1. Rick Klau says:

    Hi – I run publisher services for FeedBurner, and noticed your instructions on the “Getting Started” page that require a “direct” feed because FeedBurner can cause WWL to function improperly. Can you elaborate on this? We simply republish a publisher’s feed, so there should be no difference between what the publisher provides and what we provide on their behalf. If there’s something we’re doing to make things difficult for you, we’d like to fix it – in any event, I’d love to get a better sense of what exactly the problems are.


  2. worldwidelex says:

    Rick, this issue appears to be fixed now. Our system was mistaking existing items for new items, which caused it to overwrite translations.

  3. je2bwm says:


    This mechanism is great for me as a volunteer translator.
    I added several Japanese translations to BOINC news and SETI@home news.

    I have a comment on the following URL that confuses codes for Laguages and Counties.

    For example, the language code for Japanese is ‘ja’ but not ‘JP’. ‘JP’ is the country code for Japan. For English and US, they are ‘en’ and ‘US’ respectively.


  4. Inigo says:


    I tried to translate some news to French for BOINC. But, I could create only one new translation and modify an already existing one.
    As I try to edit the other ones, only the last one is edited.


  5. je2bwm says:

    Problem: When I try to translate one of the BOINC articles for Japanese , I cannot get the correct text. The article is the older one of the articles titled “Project News May 6, 2007”.
    Specifically, if I follow the link “Translate this article!”, the new page appeared for
    editing is not the one displayed in the previous page, but is the text of the other article
    that has same title.

    Please analyse this situation.

    Regards. je2bwm

  6. marcos says:

    I have the same problem as Inigo. I have also noticed that the link in “Meet WWL Contributors Worldwide. Join our new social network at groups.worldwidelexicon.org.” doesn’t work

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