[erlang-questions] translating random (?) erlang.org pages...is this a scam?

Matthias Lang matthias@REDACTED
Mon Sep 17 14:50:44 CEST 2012


I got the mail below. Its style is faintly spammy. On the face of it,
some student wants to translate part of the Erlang FAQ into
Serbo-Croatian. No reason for me to say no (I wrote most of the FAQ),
they seem to give proper attribution to the source.

But...this makes no sense. Why is a computer science student translating
seemingly random stuff? Some increasingly odd examples:

   http://science dot webhostinggeeks dot com/anglogold-ashanti
   http://science dot webhostinggeeks dot com/aaron-ova-pc-podrska
   http://science dot webhostinggeeks dot com/zasto-je-greengeeks-dobar-za-vas-po-trey-evim-

the last one is a (faithful?) translation of an ad for a web hosting
company. Huh?

I feel like I'm looking at a scam. Can someone tell me how it works?

I've slightly mangled the URLs and mail addresses.



Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:56:00 +0200
From: Jovana Milutinovich <jovanam at webhostinggeeks.com>
To: matthias@REDACTED
Subject: Re: Permission to translate your article at http://www.erlang.org

Dear Sir,

I have sent you my request for permission to translate your article a week
ago and it was unclear whether your organization had time to take a look at
it. It would be highly appreciative for my objects towards connecting ex
Yugoslavian people with your article and information in it, if your website
can take into consideration my proposal. I hope that you will find the time
to review it.

Yours sincerely,

Jovana Milutinovich

On Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 2:31 PM, Jovana Milutinovich <
jovanam at webhostinggeeks.com> wrote:

> Dear Sir,
> My name is Jovana. I found your article extremely interesting and would
> like to spread the word for people from Ex Yugoslavia.
> Here's the URL of your article: http://www.erlang.org/faq/**
> introduction.html <http://www.erlang.org/faq/introduction.html>
> Would you mind if I translate your article to Serbo-Croatian language and
> post it on our site?
> My purpose is to help people from Ex Yugoslavia better understand some
> very useful information about computer science.
> Some quick info about myself:
> I was born in Yugoslavia, Europe. Former Yugoslavia consisted of now
> totally independent states like Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia &
> Hercezovina, Slovenia and Macedonia, which are all united by Serbo-Croatian
> language.
> I'm currently studying Computer Science at the University of
> Belgrade,Serbia.
> With Kind Regards,
> Jovana Milutinovich
> http://science dot webhostinggeeks dot com

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