Niklas was making it easier to become a translator at translatewiki.net. We have had a procedure to follow for a long time. It is intended to ensure that people know at least some English. Knowing English is important because all the software we localise at twn start off in English.
The procedure is now more rational, easier to understand and, a newbie still needs to understand some English. The usability improvements do serve its purpose; more people are admitted as a localiser for their language. These new people are certainly as enthusiastic as people new to translatewiki have always been. As more people are becoming active all the projects that we support benefit.
As always, there is more work that needs doing. Please consider spending some of your time localising freely licensed software at translatewiki.net.