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There are many proposals targeted to audiences of people who don't speak English. They can't discuss using English but they are essential to proposal definition.

Should we use a language specific tag to help filter?

I want to discus merging of my own proposals and others like Software Development (in Portuguese) and Software Testing (in Portuguese) for example.

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Maybe, first, we should discuss if it makes sense to have non-English SEs in the first place. –  badp Jan 28 '11 at 0:29
@badp That discussion has been already had. –  Grace Note Jan 28 '11 at 1:44
And answered on… too. –  bigown Jan 28 '11 at 2:06
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Discussions in Area 51 should follow the same criteria as conducting proposals in other languages.

  • The title and text of your question must be in English.
    (It is okay to include a translation into the native language after the English text)
  • The title should include the language in which the site will be conducted:

Should we merge the Software Development and Testing Proposals? (Portuguese)

  • All the answers and comments can then be conducted either English or the native language.
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I think this is not going to go far as long as the UI is not localized. But then, I imagine internationalization would be a really huge task, far beyond translating the UI and not to be taken lightly... –  Pëkka Jan 29 '11 at 1:54
@Pekka: Localization is slowly creeping up in priority but, yes, it's a big undertaking. We have no specific objection to non-English speakers "jumping the gun" a bit but they simply have to understand the restrictions that the menus and prompts will all be in English... for the time being. –  Robert Cartaino Jan 29 '11 at 5:18
The problem is there is no point in translating the UI if you don't have a team of people that can answer surport questions etc in the langage you translate into. –  Ian Ringrose Mar 8 '11 at 17:19
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