Please look at the screen shot. Why is the English answer shown in Spanish in my inbox?

I’m an English speaker in the USA (although I know a fair bit of Spanish). The person who provided the helpful answer in question has a Hispanic-looking name, so I am wondering in his language preferences made their way through to me in some unlikely and bugged code path?

Really fun bug, IMHO!

Here is a link to the answer.

Screen shot showing Spanish preview in inbox and English content answer in the main UI

  • 7
    Most likely the answerer realized the answer should be in English so they edited it within the 5-minutes grace period but after the notification had already been pushed to your inbox.
    – 41686d6564
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 20:54
  • 2
    We don't have language settings for the sites, though. Only SO sites are in non-English languages and each of them are specifically configured for that language - but we don't have a Spanish version of AskDifferent. :)
    – Catija
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 20:56
  • 1
    status-bydesign, similar Bug: meta.stackexchange.com/q/192439/282094
    – Rob
    Commented Dec 8, 2020 at 0:41

1 Answer 1


Looks like the author of that answer wrote the post in Spanish, then realized it should be in English after seeing the other answers to that question. You got the real-time notification in Spanish, but if the answer was translated to English in the five-minute grace period, it wouldn't count as an edit, and wouldn't show in the timeline thus making you think it's a bug.

  • GP details are down at the bottom of the post.
    – Ollie
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 21:09
  • 2
    Please tell me you wrote this answer in Spanish first and edited it within the grace period :)
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 21:58
  • 2
    @Glorfindel German actually, I don't know very much Spanish ;)
    – Ollie
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 23:09
  • 2
    Das funktioniert auch.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Dec 8, 2020 at 8:05

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .