How many votes does the Facebook Translation app take for a translation to get accepted?

I'm using the Facebook translation app to help translate Facebook. I really like the fact that they crowdsource this but was wondering about the mechanism of how they approve translations.

Does it have to do with the upvote/downvote ratio, or the number of upvotes, the number of downvotes, or a combination of the two?

  • Can you link to the specific translation app? Jul 9, 2011 at 13:47
  • He is talking about facebook.com/translations which translates the Facebook interface itself.
    – neo
    Jul 9, 2011 at 14:15
  • That is indeed what I'm talking about.
    – bigblind
    Jul 11, 2011 at 15:08

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I don't think this is publicly available information otherwise it would be quite easy to know how and when to game the Translations on Facebook, in effect, a social hack.

For example, a few weeks ago, the Facebook Translation app had "sandwich maker" as a translation for female for l33t speak.

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