German translation (Du / Sie)



  • Is this the right place to discuss translations?

    The German translation is a little bit inconsistent, it switches between the informal 'Du' and the formal 'Sie'. I would like to change everything to informal language. Any objections?


  • Gamers

    Many forum/blog software comes with two German language versions, formal and informal. As German is already quite well translated, maybe it's an idea to create a branch of the current one, and call it "German Informal". (or German Formal, depends on what's better)


  • Global Moderator

    It could be possible to add a de-x-informal language code for this if you wish. Open an issue at our Github repository and we can track and discuss it there.



  • It looks to me like the German translation was intented to be informal. That is what most communities would use anyway and what should be the default. So I would consider the formal language in the recent translation a bug.

    I also think the translation could be improved. Most parts are very well translated other parts are not so perfect and a few are just wrong.

    I'm also not sure, if there is really a need for a formal German translation. It's just a UI. We wouldn't talk to Siri, Google or Alexa in a formal way.

    Of course there is nothing wrong to have a formal translation as an option, but would there be a maintainer? Who wants to do the extra work and keep the two translations in sync.

    I opened an issue: https://github.com/NodeBB/NodeBB/issues/5619


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