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Hugh PriorBy Hugh Prior
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Hugh PriorBy Hugh Prior
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€706
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18
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, October 31 2018 7:37 AM UTC +00:00

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Risks and challenges

Every language has its own different structure and unique quirks, each of which is likely to cause some head-scratching as to how to deal with it. For example, we struggled for ages to know the right way in French to pronounce parts of a phrase in the literal breakdown which are never normally pronounced on their own, like the letter L in the phrase l’avion (the airplane). In the end we found a solution which worked well. Every language is likely to have its own specific challenges. We are confident, though, that there are always ways to handle the uniqueness of each language.

Programming too can also have its head-scratching moments. I have though, decades of software development experience, working on many of the largest and most complex software projects in the world. I know exactly the direction which this project is heading, and I know the steps required in order to achieve it. Sure, there will be challenges, but I don’t believe there will be anything which my experience cannot successfully deal with.

The biggest challenge, by far, is likely to come if Lingopolo experiences astronomical growth of the number of users. Going rapidly from, say, hundreds of users a month, to hundreds of thousands, or even millions of users a month would cause all sorts of technical and financial challenges. There are some things which can be done to reduce costs, such as making the code as efficient as possible, and building an app to offload the hosting costs. Fortunately too, it’s not likely to happen overnight, as new languages will only be gradually added. Ultimately, though, astronomical success can only be solved by a commensurate rise in donor support. There are some good examples of non-profit websites which have grown from humble beginnings to become world-giants. And one way or another, donor support has kept increasing. Two examples are Khan Academy (used by 40 million students and two million teachers every month), and of course Wikipedia (which in 2017 had over $91 million in annual revenue). Let’s make this problem of runaway success one to have; bring it on!

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    Pidgin

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    The more votes a language gets, the sooner it will be added and the more words and phrases we will add to that language.

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    Creole

    You will get 2 votes towards which language(s) you want us to add.

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    Monolingual

    You will get 5 votes towards which language(s) you want us to add.

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    Bilingual

    You will get 10 votes towards which language(s) you want us to add.

    You will get 1 bonus vote towards which language(s) you want to add. You will therefore get 11 total votes.

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    Trilingual

    You will get 20 votes towards which language(s) you want us to add.

    You will get 3 bonus votes towards which language(s) you want to add. You will therefore get 23 total votes.

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    Expert

    You will get 50 votes towards which language(s) you want us to add.

    You will get 10 bonus votes towards which language(s) you want to add. You will therefore get 60 total votes.

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    Guru

    You will get 100 votes towards which language(s) you want us to add.

    You will get 25 bonus votes towards which language(s) you want to add. You will therefore get 125 total votes.

    The more votes a language gets, the sooner it will be added and the more words and phrases we will add to that language.

    You will also have the opportunity to have a Skype call with the Founder.

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    Polyglot

    You will get 200 votes towards which language(s) you want us to add.

    You will get 60 bonus votes towards which language(s) you want to add. You will therefore get 260 total votes.

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    Hyperglot

    You will get 500 votes towards which language(s) you want us to add.

    You will get 200 bonus votes towards which language(s) you want to add. You will therefore get 700 total votes.

    The more votes a language gets, the sooner it will be added and the more words and phrases we will add to that language.

    We will organise a Lingopolothon (to gather language content) in your town or region.

    You will also have the opportunity to meet the Founder in person.

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Funding period

- (30 days)