Q. Indoboom? IndoBoom? IndoBOOM? Indo Boom?
Q. Can you provide the original Indonesian next to the English translations?
A. For many of our posts, you can view the original Indonesian text simply by placing your mouse over the translated English text.
Q. How are your translated netizen comments and reactions selected?
A. We try to select comments that are popular, representative, or interesting. Some of the Indonesian websites that we use as our sources may automatically show the most “popular” comments at the top (typically ranked by “upvotes” made by other visitors). We will usually translate these under the assumption that these are comments that are representative of or have at least resonated with many other Indonesian netizens. Other Indonesian websites do not do this, and we must select comments ourselves according to what we think is representative or interesting. Since we try to report on stories that are popular on the Indonesian internet, there are usually thousands and sometimes tens of thousands of comments which makes it impossible to read and review every comment.
It is important to remember that it is impossible for our selected comments to represent all Indonesian people and that the comments selected and translated will be affected by many factors including what comments are available at the time of selection and translation. What comments are available can be affected by many other factors, including moderation by the moderators of the Indonesian websites or authorities. The comments we select and translate can offer you a glimpse and insight into what Indonesian netizens may think or feel about certain news, information, trends, or issues but it is wise to remember that there are limitations.
Q. Can you publish my story of a bad experience or injustice in Indonesia?
A. Regularly, there have been individuals who have contacted us asking that we republish or share their personal story of an injustice or bad experience they have had in Indonesia. While we are sympathetic to what you have experienced, indoBOOM does not publish such stories. Please see our About page for an understanding of what we report and how we do so.
Q. How can I join or guest post on indoBOOM?
A. Please contact us.
Q. Can you help me translate something?
A. Translation services from Indonesian to English and English to Indonesian are available. Please email us for more information.
Q. How can I support or help indoBOOM?
A. Subscribe to our RSS, subscribe to our email updates, follow us on Twitter, or Like us on Facebook! You can also visit our Support page for a longer list of things you can do to help us! Leaving us a comment or sharing us with your friends is something we really appreciate!
Q. Doesn’t the stuff you post make Indonesia and Indonesian people/culture/society look bad?
A. It is important to remember that what we translate does not represent all of Indonesia or every Indonesian person.
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