I just saw this Stack Exchange site proposal, which is for Portuguese physics discussions.
Up to now, it feels like everything not English has been kind of taboo here. There is a strong will to keep Stack Overflow English only, as every discussion on the matter has proven. Obviously, for non-English speakers, this is a problem; but now, if Stack Exchange sites are opening in other languages, should it be a problem for English speakers?
Right now I can think about four points:
- There are enough non-English speakers in the world, interested in various topics, to justify opening to a non-English audience.
- If Stack Exchange does open to a non-English audience, there's a need for people who know English and [said other language], because Stack Exchange is administrated by English-speaking people.
- If Stack Exchange does open to a non-English audience, the most obvious model implies that several sites will share the same subject, but will be separate because of their languages.
- People who speak English and [said other language] will possibly be more attracted towards the English counterpart than to the [said otherlanguage] part, at least at first, because there is a larger audience.
What is the official stance for non-English proposals? What avenues are being considered? How could all this be reunited?