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 During the Pidgin development cycle, we'll call for a string freeze close to release.  A string freeze means that no user-visible strings are allowed to be added or changed until the release is made.  This allows the translators time to translate any new strings and revise their existing translations if they feel the need to do so.  The string freeze means that all text specified in the code and designs are final for the release currently being worked on, even if there is a spelling or grammar mistake or some other problem in one or more strings.
 Typically a string freeze will last for a week, as there usually aren't many changes that would require existing translators' attention.  Occasionally a longer freeze will be required if there are larger changes--usually two weeks are enough in these cases.  However, huge changes, like Pidgin 3.0.0 will be when we are ready to look at releasing it, will require significantly more time investment from our translators.  A string freeze of a month could be implemented to give translators enough time to update translations appropriately.  Or, alternatively, multiple shorter string freezes could be done throughout the development cycle to reduce the overall burden of maintaining the translations.
+During a string freeze, no changes to user-visible strings or strings marked for translation are allowed.  No pull requests that involve string changes will be accepted.  Only bug fixes will be accepted during freeze--no new features, as these almost always require string changes or additions.  Considering that string freeze is usually only a week, this doesn't pose any problem to development--we simply deal with these changes after the release has happened and string freeze is over.

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