Deleting strings: Deadphrase them!
When a string is no longer used anywhere on the site, remove it
en_ and add
the dead string to
If the string is in both
(because it is used on a page in the
livejournal repository but says something different for
then delete the string from
en.dat and add it to
deadphrases.dat—you don't need
to delete it from
Changing strings: Create new ones; don't edit them!
If you need to change a string in the translation file and not on the site,
remove the old string, deadphrase it (as described above), and create a new one; don't edit strings in the translation files.
Editing an existing string in the translation file (that is already live on the site) will not update it on the site.
Even if you are positive it isn't live on your production site yet, it is bad practice to edit the string since other sites may
have put the
en.dat file live for themselves. So, just create a new string—it's the option
least likely to cause problems. This provision primarily applies to