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Jun 11, 2012 09:55 AM

Has Chowhound gone Serbian?

Both on my work and home computers (both desktop and laptop at home),when I click into a thread, on occasion I get Google Chrome asking if it wants me translate from Serbian into English. the best of my knowledge, Chowhound is still based in the U.S.A. and I don't need a Peggy telling me to "Please hold!"

Is anyone else experiencing this anomaly?

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  1. Based on the personalities of some of the posters I read my request from our "Google who Art in Cloud" would more likely be if I wanted the words translated from Acerbian to English... ;-D> And no Serbian issues on this end of the US of A to date (but then again the day is young and I am not).

    1. Use Chrome exclusively, and always have translate "on" and have not yet gotten this offer. I do sign into CH several times a day. Clear cookies?

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      1. re: Quine

        I use CCleaner on my workplace computer every Friday before I go home. Today the Serbian translation request came up this morning after no use throughout the weekend. Very odd.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          I use CCleaner at least once daily on my laptop but I do not clean cookies. Chrome updated this past Friday (I think). So update that (it's super easy to do, email me if you need to know how, takes like 30 sec) that may be a factor.
          Offer of non-techie help with Chrome open to all who wish to ask, via my email, so as not to hijack CH posts.

          1. re: Quine

            I'll have to check the update status and see whether it's auto-updated. Thanks, Quine.

            Just little green arrow next to the wrench, so I've got the most recent update. I've just cleared cache on the laptop, so we'll see if Peggy shows up to translate again. ;-)

            1. re: LindaWhit

              As of 6/8/12 stable Chrome :The Stable channel has been updated to 19.0.1084.56 for Windows, Linux, and Chrome Frame.
              And Mac: The Stable channel has been updated to 19.0.1084.56 for Mac.

      2. As far as I'm aware, nothing served by CHOW is in Serbian, user content notwithstanding. If Chrome is accurately detecting Serbian text on a given page, it's not being placed there by us.

        1. Yup, get it all the time. Just click no and move on. Last night I decided to click yes, translate. Nothing happened. I was hoping it would change to Serbian. Might as well try to learn a new language.
          I clear the cache daily, and update weekly. Been getting this for at least 6 months.

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            1. re: Bobfrmia

              OK, phew. I'm *not* crazy.

              Well, maybe a little I am. Just not about this particular subject. :-)

              1. re: LindaWhit

                Since both you and bobfrmia are having this issue, why not give feed back to Chrome with some screen shots?
                You can do that here:

                This way they can figure would what the issue is and hopefully get it settled.

                1. re: Quine

                  Will do - *if* it happens again. Of course, it hasn't happened since 6/12. :-/

                  1. re: Quine

                    I wonder if their Chrome is detecting some hidden Serbian content, due to a virus or other malware infecting their computers or feed. It's not something from, or else more of us would be seeing it.

                    1. re: Quine

                      Just had it happen again. Noticed on the right side of the tool bar there is an options dropdown. One of the options is report as error, which I did.

                      1. re: Bobfrmia

                        Interesting - reports it to Chrome or reports it to Chowhound? I'll keep an eye out for it as well.

                        1. re: Bobfrmia

                          What were you looking at on Chow? Were there any other tabs open?

                          I wonder if there is some text on the page (possibly hidden) that uses an Cyrillic encoding, and Chorme's translation algorithm is guessing it is Serbian.

                          Doesn't the translation toolbar give you an option of 'never ask again'?

                          I still suspect something may be fishy on your computer - unless other Chow users can reproduce it at will. Do you have some tech savvy friend who can look at the source for the screen that triggers this error?