catching up with email on some lists in between compiles, i came across a thread noting that kbabel, the tool which our translators depend upon, has recently become unmaintained. as a result show stopper problems are starting to appear; for instance it was reported that the diff function no longer works properly in 3.5.5.
if you're looking for a project to get involved with that will have a big impact on kde users around the world, look no further: kbabel needs you! the kde 3.5.x version needs love as much as the kde4 version, so you don't need to be geared up for a kde4 development environment to make an impact. stephan johach has done work on the kde4 port, but he's asked for help as his time is limited.