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Le proposte del tipo “<sito> in <lingua>” creano inaccettabili barriere linguistiche e vanno uccise con il massimo pregiudizio

Will Stack Exchange enable users to start sites in non-english languages? Noting that some languages are Right-to-Left, so it can be quite "not-easy" to have. I wish this can be available soon (if it's going to happen) as I can imagine many non-English cultures will benefit a lot from Stack Exchange if it's provided in their native language. So, is it going to be provided in non-English languages?

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marked as duplicate by Cody Gray, Manishearth, John, random Apr 27 '12 at 3:14

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There are a bunch of Stack Overflow in <Language> proposals on Area 51 already, none of which get very much support. –  animuson Apr 27 '12 at 2:50
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@John: How on Earth did you find that? –  Dennis Apr 27 '12 at 3:10
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@Dennis I remembered the author's name from when I first read that question. –  John Apr 27 '12 at 3:14
    
@John that post made me lol. "English Language and Usage.... In French!" ;-) –  Manishearth Apr 27 '12 at 3:17
    
What a fantastic idea! As if the community wasn't split enough already among StackOverflow, Programmers, Computer Science, Theoretical Computer Science, now we need localized versions to further increase the chances that your question is answered, just... in another language. Soon we'll have a StackApp that will translate new questions into random languages on the off chance that someone answered them in Farsi. –  Dan Dascalescu Mar 3 at 9:23
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There are already a few non-English proposals on Area51:

Note that the X Language & Usage sites allow posts in English and the language X.

That makes X Language & Usage are a great idea, in my opinion, since they treat a unique topic (that language) and they're available to many people (native X speakers and everybody who knows English).

The Stack Overflow in X sites are still in Commitment or even Definition (far from Public Beta, might never happen). I assume that there is little interest in these sites, since they will ultimately divide the Stack Overflow community.

If you need a good answer and you need it fast, the bigger community, the better. Although I'm more fluent in Spanish and German than I am in English, I doubt I'd ever visit SO en Spanish or SO in German, as long as SO in English has the larger community...

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There already are many such sites being proposed

If the language isn't there, propose it. Search the site for the language first though. (Assuming you want it in egyptian, it's not there). If you want it in Arabic, there already is a proposal. Consider following it and asking sample questions.

The site will go through three stages. Currently it's in the first, where only example questions are allowed to determine on-topicness. IMO, it will be quite a bit of time before it takes off (not much interest it seems), though. Sit tight in the meantime, and try to spread awareness about the site.

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@Dennis that's why i linked to the Arabic one as well. I don't think Egyptian is a language still in use, but wouldn't hurt to add it. By the way, I fixed a mistake in your answer--SOArabic is in definition, not commitment. –  Manishearth Apr 27 '12 at 3:02
    
Saw it, thanks. Wikipedia said something about Egyptian Arabic. I don't know what exactly that is, so I withdrew my comment. –  Dennis Apr 27 '12 at 3:04
    
@Dennis I doubt it will ever get that specialised(it seems that that is a dialect). Even Wikipedia has only one Arabic site, IIRC (I used to be part of the small wiki management team on WP, and I've only come across two arabic-script sites--Arabic and Persian). If wikipedia doesn't have it, then neither will we for a loooooong time. –  Manishearth Apr 27 '12 at 3:09
    
@Dennis, then again, Wikipedia has tons of obscure language/dialect wikis in the pipeline. So maybe that's not the best example. Though the lack of an Egyptian Arabic proposal on WP does say something about the size of that online community. –  Manishearth Apr 27 '12 at 3:14
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