Will Stack Exchange enable users to start sites in non-english languages? Noting that some languages are Right-to-Left, so it can be quite "not-easy" to have. I wish this can be available soon (if it's going to happen) as I can imagine many non-English cultures will benefit a lot from Stack Exchange if it's provided in their native language. So, is it going to be provided in non-English languages?
There are already a few non-English proposals on Area51:
Stack Overflow (in German) (currently in Commitment)
Stack Overflow (In Arabic) (currently in Definition)
Spanish Language & Usage (currently in Public Beta)
Japanese Language & Usage (currently in Public Beta)
Note that the
X Language & Usage sites allow posts in English and the language
X Language & Usage are a great idea, in my opinion, since they treat a unique topic (that language) and they're available to many people (native
X speakers and everybody who knows English).
Stack Overflow in X sites are still in Commitment or even Definition (far from Public Beta, might never happen). I assume that there is little interest in these sites, since they will ultimately divide the Stack Overflow community.
If you need a good answer and you need it fast, the bigger community, the better. Although I'm more fluent in Spanish and German than I am in English, I doubt I'd ever visit SO en Spanish or SO in German, as long as SO in English has the larger community...
If the language isn't there, propose it. Search the site for the language first though. (Assuming you want it in egyptian, it's not there). If you want it in Arabic, there already is a proposal. Consider following it and asking sample questions.
The site will go through three stages. Currently it's in the first, where only example questions are allowed to determine on-topicness. IMO, it will be quite a bit of time before it takes off (not much interest it seems), though. Sit tight in the meantime, and try to spread awareness about the site.