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Hidden Alternatives

Context

It has been decided that a crowd will translate the content and translations must meet a minimum quality before being published. The crowd may or may not be receiving payment for the contributions.

Problem description

The contribution of any single user can be of an unfit for purpose quality and for time or budgeting reasons open alternatives is not an option.

Solution

Let collaborators suggest a limited number of translations that are not visible to other collaborators before selecting one.

Links to related patterns

In-House Revision is one of the mechanisms used for the selection of a translation after implementing limited redundant alternatives.
Voting is one of the mechanisms used for the selection of a translation after implementing limited redundant alternatives.
Open Alternatives can replace this pattern when the crowd contributes for free and/or there is no deadline.

Real-life examples

Asia Online used hidden alternatives for their Wikipedia translation project where they collected post edited translations from three users for each segment.

Hidden alternatives have also been used in the creation of linguistic resources using Mechanical Turk by Zaidan and Callison-Burch (2011).

TxtEagle also uses limited redundant alternatives in their system.