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You stated that you compiled a list of all attested Gothic words- what was your source for this information? Would it be feasible to automatically import citations based on this list? DTLHS (talk) 05:34, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

DTLHS (talk)05:34, 14 November 2012

I took them from http://wikisource.org/wiki/Bible,_Gothic,_Ulfila . I am not sure if it is desirable to import citations, because you may lose some context that way or you may get a citation that doesn't really demonstrate the usage of the word well. You also don't get translations.

CodeCat13:24, 14 November 2012

You could get translations by mapping the chapter and section to an English bible. What about just words that only occur < 3 times in the text? That would cover all of the possible known usages of the word. DTLHS (talk) 16:57, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

DTLHS (talk)16:57, 14 November 2012

That is far from foolproof. The Gothic bible is already a translation from Greek, and will not match a translation from Greek to English perfectly. You may get a translation that translates the spirit of the quotation, but not the letter. The English translation might not even contain a word with the same meaning as the Gothic we are trying to translate! (Consider for example that Gothic uses a word meaning "trust", yet the English translation has "have hope" or similar. Not quite the same!)

CodeCat17:04, 14 November 2012

Hm, what if the auto-imported citations were tagged with a template like the Webster or Tbot templates, and manually reviewed at leisure? I imagine the good imports would outnumber the problematic ones.

- -sche (discuss)22:27, 14 November 2012

It would be better, but there are thousands and thousands of entries, and only a few Gothic editors (mostly me, I think), so we'd have to accept that the vast majority of these imported citations will still be there in 5 years. (Just compare, how many Tbot entries do we still have? That's for languages with many editors, and Tbot last ran 2 years ago!) And I don't think that is a good thing. You can suggest it at BP but I can't support it.

CodeCat22:34, 14 November 2012