I have made comments Mike Stone and Mendelt's posts, here are my thoughts:
- This is primarily an English speaking forum.
- I do not speak a second language (yes the ignorant Englishman that I am). Therefore I would want to be able to filter posts in other languages.
- I do not think people posting in other languages should be downvoted. Rather, politely reminded that this currently (may change?) an English speaking forum and to either update or delete.
- If nothing comes of the above, then a mod should close to clean up.
While I do not speak a second language, I feel quite strongly that we should NOT EXPECT everyone to speak English - rules are rules, and should be upheld (i.e. delete non-English posts) but we should not hold anything against non-English speakers and downvote them.
An auto-translation engine may be nice, but one of the toughest things in software is communication of needs, I wonder how well an online translation tool would really work :S
Just had a brain wave, if a language other than English is used, then why not put the culture string in the title, that would make it easier for us to see as contributors, and possibly open up the abiltiy for Jeff to chuck in the results of a Google Translate on the fly..
e.g. (note this is courtesy of an online translator)
[de-DE] Wie ich kann, hallo Welt sagen?
Hallo, Wie ich kann, hallo Welt sagen? (auf c#)
Auto Translated from German
Title: How Can I Say Hello World?
Body: Hi, How can I say hello world? in c#?