deadsea - 2:47 am on Mar 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
Matt Cutts announced today in a webmaster help video that websites that are machine translated into multiple languages are henceforth considered web spam.
OK. I'm officially blackhat now as one of my sites is available in several languages through the miracles of machine translation. In my case the main content of the site is language agnostic (images), and its only the navigational elements and boilerplate that get machine translated. I hope that is somewhat of a mitigating circumstance and I don't get penalized by Google tomorrow.
In any case, I do get occasional emails from people upset about the poor quality of the translation, so I do see Google's point. Occasionally I'll get somebody that volunteers to help, and they correct some of the worst translations for their language.
I believe that many more of my users would be happy to help translate if this were easy for them to do. Does anybody have recommendations for web software or services that I can use to make it easy for my users to correct my bad translations?