[conspire] (forw) Re: 'Consortium of All Bay Area Linux' translation

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Apr 28 19:48:46 PDT 2011

Quoting Edward Cherlin (echerlin at gmail.com):
> Aha! I think I've rumbled him. If my cynical supposition is correct,
> he's going to post either an existing translation or a machine
> translation of the works in question on a Web site and try to Make
> Money Fast/fob off malware/insert other spammy activity from those we,
> all unknowingly, send to his site, which we can't read to check for
> said nefariousness because it's in Belarussian (which we could fake),
> and mainly because he unaccountably did not provide the URL.

Yes, I do suspect that's the game.

I've sometimes idly wondered exactly that about people who've written in
and offered to translate 'How to Ask Questions the Smart Way', but not
on any specific grounds but rather just thinking that we'd be easy
suckers for high-prominence linking to a Web site in any language we
couldn't read and therefore couldn't check up on.  However, only this
latest round of offers have seemed especially hinky, especially the
failure to notice the existing Belarussian translation, failure to read
the copying policy, and bit about how we don't have to pay them but they
only want a link back.  _And_ also the fact that they never bothered 
to say anything back after I gently pointed out the existing Belarussian
translation and the copying policy.  Just doesn't track with honest offers.

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