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Here's an issue that isn't addressed by What is the etiquette for modifying posts?.

This question is well written and nicely formatted. It includes some code too. The comments for the code are written in Spanish.

I imagine that most people on SO don't read Spanish. Is it a breach of etiquette to edit the post and translate the comments into English?

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Do you want to change Spanish variable names also? – Ladybug Killer Nov 9 '09 at 9:49
depends on how meaningful they are – Nathan Fellman Nov 10 '09 at 9:52
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A large slice of the SO pie is English speaking, so it would be a valid edit to translate that code sample into the main language of the site.

If you want it both ways, include the translation beneath or above the original language:

 push ebp
     // Guardo el estado actual de esp
     // Save the current state of esp*

*Translated from Spanish to English based on Google Translate

Couldn't hurt to help them get more eyeballs who might not know the language.

If you went with Babelfish:

I keep the present state from ESP

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Good idea, but it will enlarge the code block. – Ladybug Killer Nov 9 '09 at 9:48
Then again, he could translate the whole thing and have the original still just sitting in the edit history preserved. – random Nov 9 '09 at 9:54

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