आलोक कुमार (alok) wrote in suggestions,
आलोक कुमार

LJ home page should have language links based on geo-targetting

LJ home page should have language links based on geo-targetting

Short, concise description of the idea
It should be easy for any person to find out if lj exists in his/her language - the home page currently lists only a static set of four languages apart.

Full description of the idea
If you are not logged in and you go to http://livejournal.com , eg a first time visitor, you would see the home page in English, with the following links in the top right corner:

English • Español • Deutsch • Русский ->

Now, the arrow is supposed to indicate that there are other languages around.
The reason why these four languages have been chosen to be present on the front page is probably because there are more users of these langauges than others.

This list of static language names can be made dynamic based on geo targetting.
If the ip in question belongs to India, the list could become:

English • Español • Deutsch • हिन्दी ->

As and when more Indian languages are added to lj, the list could become:

ಕನ್ನಡ • தமிள • తేలుగు • हिन्दी ->

If the ip belongs to Switzerland, the list could become:

Deutsch • Français • English ->


An ordered list of benefits
  • More users will be interested in livejournal if they are able to see that livejournal supports their language
  • If a particular region has predominantly one language (say Japan), the default livejournal page can be straightaway displayed in Japanese, making LJ even more accessible
  • More people will be interested in volunteering as translators if their language has home page visibility

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Geo targetting will have to be implemented. If this is not being done already, it could affect page loading times
  • A mechanism will have to be derived to determine which regions map to which set of languages. This is a sensitive issue which has to be handled tactfully.
  • An additional option may be required to enable a computer user to view LJ in a particular language on his/her computer even if not logged in (eg I am in Japan but want to see LJ in Malay even if I'm not logged in)

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • A good model is what http://google.com does.
Tags: internationalization, site copy, § rejected
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