Am I allowed to post in two or more languages? For example, if I see on a user profile that the user is Dutch, is it okay if I answer the question in both English and Dutch?


English: This is an example of my question.

Dutch/Nederlands: Dit is een voorbeeld van mijn vraag.

  • Mathematics has french + english questions quite often. Noone will understand dutch at Stack Overflow, however. Mar 18, 2014 at 9:41
  • You can do that in comments if you want. (but this will also be removed at some point) Mar 18, 2014 at 9:44
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    @JanDvorak: Spreek voor jezelf / Speak for yourself. That said, I will edit it out of posts.. Comments are a different matter, if used sparingly (I'd only use it for quick yibes to show that I happen to be Dutch too, if at all). Mar 18, 2014 at 9:45
  • Related: meta.stackexchange.com/q/140613/152859 Mar 18, 2014 at 9:46

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The site language is English.

Writing in any other language (even repeating the answer) is likely to get edited out by the community.

It is nice that you want to connect with the OP in their native language, however - most users of the site will not understand it.

In other words - it is allowed, but will be considered noise by most users, therefore probably removed.


Nee, dat is niet toegestaan/No, that's not allowed. Or not allowed ... there's just no point (even more so for a tiny language like Dutch) and it's kind of noisy.

Just post your question in the language of the site. And in most cases that is English. There might be sites in other languages (Like the Portuguese SO that exists now, or the various language sites) but until then, just stick to a single language.

  • Mathematics allows french+english questions as well. Mar 18, 2014 at 9:42
  • Seems an exception to the rule then @JanDvorak? (Except of course for language specific sites)
    – Bart
    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:42
  • @JanDvorak That's because they have certain French information source that are very useful (source). <s>We can't say the same about programming and the Dutch language.</s>
    – Stijn
    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:49
  • cough Edsger Wybe Dijkstra cough @Stijn.
    – Bart
    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:51
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    @Stijn: Unless you happen to use Python, perhaps. At least the Zen of Python is hinting it might help.. (the Python language creator is Dutch). Mar 18, 2014 at 9:52
  • @Bart I know who that is but I'm not familiar with his papers. Are they mainly in Dutch?
    – Stijn
    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:52
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    Several of his early EWD's are in Dutch, yes. And his Dutch is the reason behind the P and V in semaphores for example @Stijn.
    – Bart
    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:53

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