I have just had someone offer to translate a hub of mine into Polish so it can be posted on Polish sites with a link included to the original English version here. Would this be allowed under HubPage rules about duplicate content?
Since determening is a content is duplicate is done (most likely) automatically (e.g., using a search engine automation or robot), I fail to see how could hubpages determine that the Polish text and the English text are the same. To convince yourself on machine's translation state-of-the-are, take your hubpage English text, use Google Translate to translate it to Polish, and then translate that back to English. You'll see that you can abandon any hope/fear of a "duplicate."
Wow, that is an interesting question, Bard, one which I have never thought about. I am curious as to what HP thinks about this. I am also curious as to how Google will treat the translated article in regards to duplicate content. I am going to keep in touch reading this thread to see what happens.Thanks for bringing up the subject -- I think it is something we all need to know about since we are a world-wide site.
I wonder if there is any way of Google or Hubpages or whoever detecting that an article is a translation. If not, anyone could just translate articles from around the Web and put them up as their own. Who would ever know?
That's happened recently. Remember the site which literally cloned HP and translated our hubs into French?
From memory, if it was a translated version it was not considered duplicate content. However, many of us (myself included) filed a DMCA and the content was taken down by the site. Voluntary I think, pretty sure that they didn't actually have to but they'd also taken many images which belonged to the authors. Perhaps this was the motivator!
I'm sure such a case should be considered duplicate content. After all, whoever translates it has not provided original content, just stolen it from somebody else, however you look at it. I'm not sure whether HP technically counts it as plagiarism or can detect it, but I feel like it should.
How ironic that you have this question. I would also like to know the answer. I was just thinking how I would like my articles to be translated in other languages. I think it would greatly increase my reach. I wish I knew another language other than English. I really want to learn Portguese!
I wouldn't attempt to write for a website in a second language. I think only truly bi- or multi-lingual people manage that successfully. By 'truly', I mean where all languages are used with equal competence. I do envy anyone who can do it.
So no one really knows for sure on this which is a shame because I have to answer the person who is offering to do the translation. The hub in question I would really like to promote so this would be a great help but do not know if I give the go ahead will it then get picked up on by HP as duplicate content!
The same question was asked 2 years ago and no reply from HP team. http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/78146 widerness posted in the the same forum category you did. Maybe if you make it an "Official" thread by posting in the New Suggestions for HubPages Mathew or another staff member may reply much quicker.
I don't know the answer, but that won't stop me from putting my three cents in. First, I think it would be hard for the software to recognize it as duplicate, so you could get away with it. Second, I don't know why you think this would bring traffic to your hub. If the hub is already translated to a language I can read (and presumably prefer), why would I want to click the link to read it again in another language. Personally, I think it would detract from my hub, since people who do read English may find the other language first and there goes my traffic to my hub. Third, if I did allow a translation, how do I know it is properly translated? Is someone simply going to put it on an online translator or do they have the proper skills, energy and willingness to go through the effort to make sure it is correct? I would hate for something I said to get translated wrong and cause problems or make my article be of low quality.
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