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Lyrics translations

lyricsAs noted earlier, VocaDB’s translation system is basically limited to 4 language options: original, Romanized, English and other. Up until now this included lyrics, meaning you weren’t able to specify the actual language of the lyrics (unless it was English). This made it inconvenient to add translations to many languages. That’s now fixed. There’s fields for original and Romanized lyrics, plus variable number of lyrics translations. Language for the original lyrics and translations can be specified and will be displayed on the song page.

 

In the future we can pick more sensible default lyrics to show based on the visitor’s user interface language or list of languages they’ve specified in their profile settings.

Some things to note: because the language of the old lyrics entries was unknown, we had to migrate that old data with some simple assumptions, which may be incorrect for some entries. So don’t be surprised if some songs are showing original and translated lyrics wrong. The type of lyrics can be corrected with the “Change to translation” and “Change to original” buttons as necessary. There might also be some other issues with the new system, so please let me know.

One of the unique features of VocaDB (at least I’m not aware of any other website that has this) is the option to choose your content display language: whether you want titles displayed and sorted in the original language, Romanized or English. Although it’s one of my favorite features, it’s still a compromise and leaves a lot to be improved.

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We always want to get better. That’s why this time we’re asking what would you like to see improved on VocaDB. Have you had problems finding or editing information?

Answer the anonymous survey here

As a general reminder, when you create a new tag (by tagging an entry with a tag that doesn’t exist yet), please try to write a description for that new tag. Otherwise it might be misunderstood and misused by others. Having a description also makes it easier for moderators to determine whether a tag is appropriate and useful. Generally, an external reference such as link to a wikipedia article is enough. Alternatively, you can write a few words about what the tag is intended for. Of course some tags are self-explanatory, and should be obvious even without a description, but it’s better to make sure.

For good examples, see for example original video unavailable and English.

VocaDB’s user interface is currently available in English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Russian and German. I’m extremely grateful to the people who have helped with those translations.

For reference, here are statistics about the visitors’ native languages, as reported by Google Analytics:

Sometimes I get requests to add more user interface languages to VocaDB.

VocaDB includes a lot of strings, so translating the interface to a new language takes a time. I estimate about 10 hours for inputting the translations, in addition to the time it takes to actually translate the strings. On top of that, the translation needs to be maintained as the user interface changes.

Speaking of which, the German and Russian translations are badly outdated since they haven’t been maintained for a while. We’re also constantly looking for people to help with the maintenance of the Japanese translation since I cannot do it alone.

Because my time is limited, I have to prioritize. Looking at the above graph, Chinese is the 3rd most popular language among the visitors (not to mention Vocaloid is growing fast in China), so when szg28 offered to provide the translation, I accepted. But for other languages besides Japanese and Chinese, I can offer only minimal help.

Is it possible to do the translation without my involvement? Definitely – the German and Russian translations were added almost completely without my involvement. I have written a wiki page which explains the necessary steps. If you’re interested in translating VocaDB into more languages, I’m willing to offer some assistance, such as clarifying those steps if needed, but you’d be responsible for most of the work.

There has been some discussion about the intention of the different PV types.

The current policy is that the “original” PV type should be used for the first authorized PV for a particular song. In this case authorized means that the person uploading the PV had permission to do so. The reason for this requirement is that original PVs are promoted as official, and displayed separate from reprints and “other” PVs. Promoting PVs that use content without permission as official might insult the creators of original content, which in turn makes VocaDB look bad, so we want to avoid that if possible. We’re doing this to support the creators, whether they’re doing it as a hobby or professionally.

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Maybe you’ve seen the Suggestions, requests, features to improve the website thread on the site. Related to that, I want to explain a few things.

I consider VocaDB a large, mature website. It’s feature complete in the sense that it has everything that I originally planned it would (and more), and there aren’t any major limitations/problems with editing or browsing the website. Of course a website needs to evolve, and there’s always something to improve or add, so it will never be completely done.

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, being able to rename tags was just the first step. Since then I’ve removed the limitations on naming tags, and since yesterday, tags can now be translated as well, like other entries. This means that for example names of anime series such as Attack on Titan can be entered in original language, Romanized and English. This should be good news especially to our Japanese users who aren’t limited to English names in tags anymore.

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Another year is over in the world of singing synthesizers. Vocaloid scene spreads around the world and VocaDB grows as well. The editing activity on VocaDB has been increasing steadily. I’m happy to say that it’s been pretty good year for VocaDB, and it’s all thanks to our editors!

Honestly, thanks to everyone who contributed their time to make this the most complete and accurate Vocaloid discography database possible – let’s make the next year even better. It’s not just about the songs and albums being catalogued, but also translating titles and also smaller things such as rating songs.

Some numbers: in total, 22 500 new songs and 1 330 albums were added to the database. 790 new users joined. 657 675 visits by 360 403 users was recorded by analytics!

The most popular song on VocaDB, with a rather wide margin, was News 39 by Mitchie M with 63 total score.

The most popular album was Lamento by calvi with 22 ratings and 4.9 (out of 5) rating average. That album is free to download by the way (which is probably a reason why it was so popular).

Thanks again, and happy new year 2016!

Related to the upcoming tag renaming feature, all tag references in the web API will be changed from tag names into tag IDs in the near future. This applies to both query parameters and values returned by the API.

So, instead of http://vocadb.net/api/songs?tag=vocarock it will be http://vocadb.net/api/songs?tagId=481.