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By the popularity of SO, does our Stack Overflow team has any ideas about internationalizing and localizing stackoverflow.com?

It would be interesting to know what languages they would consider for internationalization.

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marked as duplicate by fretje, jmfsg, George Stocker, Tyler Carter, Shogging through the snow Feb 24 '10 at 2:25

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meta.stackexchange.com/questions/39646/… Read the answer by George Stocker and the comments –  o.k.w Feb 23 '10 at 8:53
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see also meta.stackexchange.com/questions/42544/… –  Ian Ringrose Mar 17 '10 at 16:31

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This has been rejected several times and in several ways.

Here's my proposal ( now that I read it again it does look confusing )

Add meta-tag to support internationalization

But in summary is: "Allow content in any language, and let the user filter like if it was a tag. Default language is English"

This way I may see Spanish and English content, but not Japanese or Russian.

Well that was rejected.

Jeff summarized the reasons here:

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/07/non-english-question-policy/

Basically ( and in my own words ) the reasons are:

  • English is the lingua franca of programming.
  • If you want to ask in other language, go somewhere else.

This is a shame, but that's the current state.

I hope that eventually that change. As for now, just forget it.

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If you think about it, PHP uses english words for functions .... I'm sure a lot of other languages (programming ones that is) also use english as the language of choice for keywords. –  Tyler Carter Feb 24 '10 at 2:22
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@Chacha102: the language of choice for keywords, but not necessarily for programming questions. –  John Saunders Feb 24 '10 at 3:54
    
as well, if english is not your first language, nuances in english function names might escape you and give rise to questions on SO-type sites. what better way to have the nuance described to you than in your own tongue. –  akf Feb 24 '10 at 4:40
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@Chacha101 : Not really, it doesn't matter how good your English is, you won't be able to make C understand this a is 3; when a is 3 print Hi; Not even if you add please because THAT's NOT ENGLISH is C. You don't learn the natural language when you learn to program; you learn the programming language. I learn C when I was 18 and knew very very little English, and for me for, while, switch, goto, typedef meant nothing in English, but they had a meaning in C stackoverflow.com/questions/202723/… –  OscarRyz Feb 24 '10 at 19:14

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