While looking at a few of the new International sites, I got curious and started poking around. I found what appears to be a bug, and something that wasn't translated.

I don't speak the language and I'm not really comfortable posting on the per-site meta as usual. Can I just report this stuff here?

  • Interesting question is, how should such a bug be tagged? specific-site will be appropriate for example? (then easier to find and move/remove when all is done) Mar 31 '15 at 15:10
  • @Sha I guess with a site-name-here :)
    – nicael
    Mar 31 '15 at 15:16
  • @nicael yeah, but it takes lots of rep to create new tags. Mar 31 '15 at 15:17
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    Then privileged users can tag such questions properly... And anyway, do you see a new localized site launched every day? :D
    – nicael
    Mar 31 '15 at 15:20
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    @ShadowWizard you can just use the internationalization tag.
    – Tim Post
    Mar 31 '15 at 16:29
  • Just in case: it is absolutely fine to report bugs in English on the Meta of StackOverflow in Russian. We had such reports and we're glad to receive more. Sep 3 '15 at 14:39

Is it a 'bug', as in the software working in a way you didn't expect?

Yes, feel free to post it here. On the international sites, it's not just the content that is in another language, it's also the entire UI. Translation tools like Google Translate do help, but it also breaks things, which might result in certain buttons not working. Still, we want these reports, and want people very familiar with how our software is supposed to work letting us know if they find something odd.

Please try whatever you were doing without automatic browser translation prior to reporting. The translation process itself can break things in odd ways.

Just keep in mind that these reports are very specific to certain sites, and might not stay around for long after being fixed.

Add the tag to your report, we'll see it.

Is it a translation issue?

If you've spotted a missing or incorrect translation it's probably best to simply report it on the appropriate per-site meta, if you're comfortable enough to navigate around enough to post. Remember, automatic in-browser translation can subtly break things, so we recommend turning that off if you intend to actually post something on the site.

If that's simply not working for you, you're welcome to post it here. If you found multiple translation issues, please just consolidate them into a single report. It's also very helpful to take a screen shot of the problematic text so we can immediately see it in context, and this usually obviates the need to translate the report itself.

Is MSE really the best place for this?

99% of all bugs get reported directly to the per-site meta sites. However, we currently lack a proper bug reporting mechanism within the translation interface itself (working on that), and we want people that find bugs or potentially embarrassing translation issues to be able to let us know - even if they can't navigate around an interface that isn't at all in English.

Meta, for now, while not ideal is the best place for these exceptional cases to land in order for the International team to sort them and get them off to a more appropriate place.

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    Only bugs though? Feature requests (e.g. change something in the design) are not included? Mar 31 '15 at 15:04
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    @ShadowWizard You really need to be using the site in order to ask for features to be added to it :)
    – Tim Post
    Mar 31 '15 at 15:06
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    Like your edit - only thing missing is 'directed at nicael' :P Apr 1 '15 at 11:30

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