I've been using the chrome google translate extension for a few weeks now to translate foreign language posts in my feed. It has done an amazing job virtually every post seems to translate and the translation seems well enough to communicate and get the original intent.

How is this not a built-in mastodon feature!

@freemo Ohhh...You think Google translating our posts in Mastodon is a good idea -
sometimes I don't know what you're thinking...
(it's rhetorical - seems you've already chosen / don't se the danger / go for the candy).

I guess I don't where the line is for you and how bringing google into Mastodon is going to help long-term or where it might stop using Google.
Seem NOT what Mastodon is about either though this is more debatable and first point stands
(shake of the head my dear, shake of the head).
No need reply.

@freeschool This isnt something that exists on the server level. I use it as a personal browser plugin.

Unfortunately all it takes is a single person anywhere out of the millions on mastodon to use google translate in order for your posts to get translated. So no, I dont see a problem when even if I did not do it myself someone somewhere is using it already on the federated feed.

@freemo yes I thought it was a Mastodon embedded extension thing ...when it wasn't. My mistake.

And not sure about the 2nd paragraph.
I would use deepl,com or something to get it done or not translate it (basically my thoughts are usually that encouraging Google isn't good or supporting / making the alternatives) so that's what the "go for the candy part" meant. To go for Google is perpetually bad basically lol

So despite perceived benefits doesn't improve future if translation is what you want... that's my general line I guess


@freeschool The truth is as a moderator I need to translate **all** posts on qoto so I can catch concerning content. As of yet I know of no automatic way to do that other than google.

That said I assure you I'd never lock the QOTO users into google in any way. I know a lot of QOTO users hate them and I go out of my way to honor that choice for them.

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@πŸŽ“ Dr. Freemo :jpf: πŸ‡³πŸ‡± Deepl, also closed source, is doing a better job but with less languages.


Have already looked into some open source options for auto translation. It’s only a question of time until it’s a feature for the fediverse.


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