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A question from the Russian language edition of Stack Overflow has appeared in the HNQ: Ошибка Another git process seems to be running in this repository. A significant amount of the title, and the body, are in English because it's quoting an error message.

Previous post from 2015, which indicates the Russian edition of Stack Overflow is blocked: Questions from ru.SO shouldn't become hot


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The way this works is, these sites have an additional check run on their titles before they're allowed on the hot network questions list - if they don't look like they're mostly English, they get culled.

This one happens to look mostly English.

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    What's the rationale behind that? Surely, even if the title is mostly English, everything else on the site is still in another language... I mean, I can't even figure out how to create an account to post an answer even if I could understand the question
    – Cai
    Jun 2, 2017 at 14:46
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    If memory serves, this logic was originally created for sites like German Language, where questions are regularly asked in both languages; thus, it serves to exclude only those which are not English.
    – Shog9
    Jun 2, 2017 at 14:53
  • Yeh that makes sense, not so much on the SO language variants though IMO
    – Cai
    Jun 2, 2017 at 15:12
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    Agree; clearly the proper solution here is to construct a Russian-translated version of git so that error messages appear non-English to the HNQ logic.
    – Shog9
    Jun 2, 2017 at 15:38
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    Sure, or ya know, just exclude the foreign language sites completely and keep the checks to the sites about foreign languages :)
    – Cai
    Jun 2, 2017 at 15:48
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    @Cai surely it is simpler for us to ignore HNQs in a language we don't speak? I see no reason to limit the HNQs to English in the first place. If you don't speak the language, you won't find it interesting and you can just ignore it. But those who do speak the language can get the dubious pleasure of HNQs which is denied them if they are all in English.
    – terdon
    Jun 3, 2017 at 15:09
  • I see this question, fully written in Italian from Italian Language is now in the HNQ. Sep 13, 2017 at 12:37
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    Should be fixed now @fedorqui
    – Shog9
    Sep 13, 2017 at 22:21
  • How you explain this one? Not a single English word in the title. (question source) Mar 3, 2018 at 16:21
  • Believe it or not, "sich", "in" and "etwas" all appear in the English word list that we use for this purpose, @Shadow
    – Shog9
    Mar 3, 2018 at 16:47
  • Huh. Thanks for teaching me two new words in English! ;) Mar 3, 2018 at 18:39

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