Corpus Maintainers

What can corpus maintainers do?

Corpus maintainers can:

  • link/unlink sentences (same as advanced contributors)
  • tag sentences (same as advanced contributors)
  • edit any sentence (not just their own)
  • delete any tags (not just the ones they have added)
  • delete sentences
  • change the language assigned to a sentence

This status is given to certain advanced contributors who are willing to help with maintenance tasks on the corpus. The responsibilities of a corpus maintainer are:

  • to delete sentences that are added by mistake
  • to delete sentences that are added as spam
  • to delete sentences that cannot be in the corpus due to copyright issues
  • to correct incorrect sentences of inactive users
  • to delete tags that are irrelevant (or no longer relevant)
  • generally speaking, to take care of the quality of the corpus

Procedure to become a corpus maintainer

If you want to become a corpus maintainer

Step 1. You must already be an advanced contributor, and have been one for some time. If not, apply to become one.

Step 2. Contact an admin to inform him or her of your wish to become a corpus maintainer. In your message, please explain why you have decided to apply. In general, only one admin (most likely the one you've contacted) will evaluate your application, but there can be more admins involved if needed. Here are the admins you can contact, in this order of priority:

  1. Pfirsichbaeumchen
  2. Shishir
  3. alexmarcelo

Step 3. Admins will have their own opinion on whether or not to grant you the status of corpus maintainer, but the opinion of the rest of the community matters. So once the admins have made sure your application is a serious application, they will announce it on the Wall and ask for opinions. By default, the announcement will state that these opinions should be sent only by private message to the admin who posted the announcement. Any reply stating an opinion about you as a candidate will be deleted. You can, however, indicate in your application that you are okay with people replying publicly to the announcement. In that case, the announcement will state that contributors can give their opinions either publicly or by private message.

Step 4. You will be informed by private message of the decision. If the decision was positive, there will also be an announcement on the Wall to inform the rest of the community that you are now a corpus maintainer. If the decision is negative, there will be no public announcement, but you will be given the reasons why the decision was negative in the private message.

If you want someone to become a corpus maintainer

Step 1. Talk to them to make sure they're interested, and encourage them to apply. We will NOT grant the status of corpus maintainer to someone who doesn't want it.

Step 2. You should also contact an admin and indicate that you support that person's becoming a corpus maintainer. This way, admins will know that there is a demand for a specific contributor to become a corpus maintainer, and if they do apply, their application will more likely be accepted.

Conditions to become a corpus maintainer

The decision to grant you the status of corpus maintainer depends on:

  • how long you have been an advanced contributor (usually three months or more)
  • how much we need to improve the quality of the corpus for your strongest language(s)
  • how much you have contributed (which is not limited to adding sentences and translations; comments on sentences also count)
  • how well you understand Tatoeba (especially the concepts of linking, tagging, and deleting)
  • your behavior
  • how many other members support your candidacy

Removal of corpus maintainer status

Corpus maintainer status may be removed for any of the following reasons:

  • the corpus maintainer wishes to give up his or her status, for whatever reason
  • inactivity over a prolonged period of time
  • destructive behavior, as determined by the admins


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