Oh I totally agree with you 100%. To try to modify the code using Google would be a disaster and nothing replaces a humans ability.
I think anytime we ask a computer to try to translate messages, letters, or any type of text file we are always taking a chance and have to take the best of the worst, since I don't think any software does it 100%.
I was really hoping you had something better than using Google, since as I said, it was the best of the worst kind of thing in my opinion, but worked better than everything else we tested and was simplified.
Thehardest part honestly was finding something that did the complete page and the text within posts. Seems every system, bulletin board, CMS, etc, offere multi-language but only really translate the outer wrapping, not the guts. It's the guts that matter to a user. If a Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian or German accesses the site they need to be able to read the information within the site, not just the menus and presentation information. Google was the only one that went into the guts and did a fairly good job of translating it to a useable format for the user.
This mod is easy enough for anyone to install themselves and hopefully will help bring different languages into their system.
Now, the biggest problem my site personally faces and I have not solved.
A Lithuanian accesses my site, they use the Google translation bar, they can now read posts and reply. BUT, they type their message in Lithuanian. Sure other Lithuanians can read it, but nobody else can, because since it is not English, the Google translation system leaves it alone as is. It would be nice to find a utility that has the capability to take any language and convert it on the fly to another language. But, that would be a time consuming process and probably a huge task to try to undertake. But, sadly it is what I really need.
Sorry, I'm sure this is way more than you cared to know.