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Talk:Marcel Proust

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Partly sourced from WikiKids, OK?[edit source]

I machine translated some material from the Dutch WikiKids article on Proust for this article. The material on WikiKids is GNU Free Documentation License. Is this compatible with the CC-BY license of Vikidia? Does Google Translate create any licensing problems? Oriolederby (talk) 19:22, 27 August 2018 (CEST)

The GFDL and CC-BY-SA are normally licenses which are able to be used almost in place of each other. The GFDL is older, so the CC-BY-SA is preferred. What I would say to you is this; machine translation is a good start, but Google Translate does have a habit of taking things and making a real mess of the output, or changing the context. If you can indicate on the article which parts you passed through Google Translate, I'll check them over. I can't see it being a major problem, but best to look at them. DaneGeld (talk) 20:45, 27 August 2018 (CEST)
Thanks DaneGeld. Most of the last Proust paragraph is a machine translation from Dutch WikiKids. I was worried that taking material from WikiKids was not acceptable, so thanks for your advice. I was also worried that Google Translate would somehow void the CC-BY-SA rule. I agree that Google does a poor job. I will never use a direct machine translation without checking the material in another source. For example, GT did a terrible job of translating the fr.vikidia article on Politics. Since I can read French, I had to manually rewrite almost the entire thing :-) Oriolederby (talk) 21:37, 27 August 2018 (CEST)
Right, Oriolederby. The machine translation was very, very good. I've been through the rest of the text in the section you were using on wikikids.nl and I've expanded the article using a direct translation from what was written there. None of the context is lost, and it looks pretty decent. Please tell me if you think you need anything else on the article. Happy DaneGeld (talk) 21:58, 27 August 2018 (CEST)