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Transcribing an article from one Wikivoyage language distribution to another?

I noticed when I visit the Kinshasa, DRC Wikivoyage page, there's an encapsulated message at the top saying "This article or section may benefit from translation from the article on German Wikivoyage. If you can help translate, please do!" What does this mean? To just take some portions from the German one, paraphrase them, and add them to the English one? Or to copy the whole thing? In that case, couldn't one just use an online translation program? (I took German in school, but I think I trust a translator program more). Also, what kind of attribution is required (I guess this process is called copyleft)? Do you have to give credit to the German WV page? Thanks.

not "copy" but "translate". Automatic translation is still very sloppy, not smooth; The human, fine-tuned procedure is better. As for the attribution, Wikivoyage has the appropriate tag, please check out WV:Inter-language links. Ibaman (talk) 18:12, 30 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Translate as much as you feel like, no need to translate everything. Then when you're done, you go to Talk:Kinshasa and add a "translated tag" (example here for example, copy the wikicode to Kinshasa's talk page and change the parameters – should be pretty self-explanatory). --Ypsilon (talk) 18:47, 30 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Attribution can also be done in the article history, ideally with a permanent link. Copy the permanent link from the toolbox in the left margin of the article version you are using and paste it into the Summary field of your edits, to complement the summary. To get the link clickable, instead note the "oldid" number of the permanent URL and say something like "translated/paraphrased from [[:de:Special:Permalink/12345|Kinshasa]]" in your edit summary. --LPfi (talk) 11:51, 31 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Oh, thanks guys. It's really great tips and knowledge for the future! I hate to say this, but I think my German is a bit too rustic to do a decent job - been so long since I studied it in college. I think I better let someone else take on the task. —The preceding comment was added by Lazarus1255 (talkcontribs)