[REQUEST] Internationalization - Adding multiple languages
I think many users would love an Anime-Planet in their language, plus it'd allow those who are not so familiar with the english language to still participate on this site by rating and adding recommendations in their language (visible only to those who would like to read a certain language).
Assuming you sign up, then your default language would be either the one given by your browser or (if it's not found or doesn't exist) just plain English, with the option to change it later within the profile. Then you should have a page "Also see recommendations in the following languages" (or place it in a users settings somewhere) which lists all available languages.
Now all the recommendations in your default language + all the others you selected would be showing up (most users would only use their own language or a combination of their own and English though). Now whenever posting a recommendation you can choose on a small drop down menu which language your current recommendation is written in (or comment, if a review in future might contain comments), this drop down menu showing your default language selected and only listing those languages that are checked under "Also see recommendations in the following languages".
Reviews should of course be available in at least English (or if a version in another language exists) in a language that person understands. So people could either translate or write new reviews in their language, which many people would love to, as their English might not be as good as that of others (like mine for example, which is fairly ok at the best).
Thus it would allow more people to recommend anime to other people all around the globe, which is the basic idea behind Anime-Planet, right? I think it'd wonderfully fit into the existing concept, not even requiring too major changes for that to work.
If an anime review is not available in ones default language, it should always be displayed in English (maybe allowing to set priorities in "Also show recommendations in the following languages", thus if somebody speaks French and Spanish as well as English, his native language is French and his Spanish is better than English, he might choose a higher priority, so if a review is available only in English and in Spanish, he will get to see the Spanish version). If it is not available in a language the user checked in his list, the system could show a note "This review needs a translation (or rewrite) in one or more of the languages you understand." so that people know it needs work and they could contribute on the site.
And of course language files and graphics in editable formats so that users can submit the languages and thus the whole site translation (of the A-P system) would not necessarily be done by a programmer but could be done by users (or groups of users) too, so everyone can contribute on that part as well and add languages.
This is just a rough idea, I liked it though. Hence I decided to share my thoughts with everyone. Feel free to add ideas or criticize me :)