[Go Faster] Intent to Implement System Add-on: SHIELD/Normandy

David Durst ddurst at mozilla.com
Thu Sep 29 19:33:55 UTC 2016

Actually, I'd like to up the ante on that. I just read that you have a
loooooong backlog, and I know we're looking at an (increasingly pressing)
experiment *specifically because of* the localization aspect. Is there any
sense of what the timeframe for that currently is, and (to Felipe's
question) what it could be?

David Durst [:ddurst]

On Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 3:21 PM, Felipe G <felipc at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 6:56 PM, Michael Kelly <mkelly at mozilla.com> wrote:
>> The add-on itself does not require localization yet. All strings that
>> might be localized are fetched as part of the configuration for actions
>> that's entered in the admin interface and stored in the server's
>> database. We can target recipes by locale, so sending out a localized
>> survey would involve creating a new recipe targeted to the locale in
>> question, and using localized strings for the config.
>> For the time being we are only sending out recipes in en-*. When the S&I
>> team starts to talk about sending out non-en-* recipes, we'll be sure to
>> loop in the l10n team and come up with a process for submitting and
>> translating strings.
>> - Mike Kelly
> Can that decision to not work on localization right now be revisited?
> Starting that effort later when everything else is done will be more work
> than working on this in parallel right now.
> If you leave localization for the future, what will happen is:
> - someone needs an experiment outside of en-*
> - there's no process for it, so a lot of people need to get engaged to
> start
> working on the tools, flow, code, etc. about how to deal with localization
> - after that is done (~1 month), you'll have to wait more time until actual
> localized strings come in
> - by the time you have everything, the experiment is no longer needed
> Also, for the people involved in the process of creating/approving
> experiments
> (the S&I team?), every time someone comes with a en-* only experiment,
> a lot of flags should be raised. Usage behavior is widely different across
> populations,
> and most of our userbase is not on en-*, so any experiment targeting en-*
> only
> will have questionable results.
> Cheers,
> Felipe
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