Can I ask question in English and let know users they can answer in Spanish?

this question was born cuz of this:


Puedo poner preguntas y decirle a los usuarios que pueden contestar en español? esta pregunta nacio por esto:


nota: pueden contestar en español!!!



English is the lingua franca of Stack Overflow (some would dare say programming). If you tell someone they can answer in Spanish just to solve your problem, that leaves everyone else who uses this site that doesn't speak Spanish out in the cold.

That would be akin to going into a Chinese web forum and asking them to post their answer in English. I can imagine that would go over Really Well™.

  • There seem to have been efforts to create a Spanish SO-clone. However, the project was not successful: mig.cl/2010/01/25/no-mas-codigo-de-maquina – 0xA3 Mar 25 '10 at 23:44
  • and keeping this site in english deprives all spanish users... – Luiscencio Mar 25 '10 at 23:44
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    @luiscencio : "Deprives"? What does it take away from you that is yours? Nothing. If there is a market for a spanish speaking programming Q & A site, why not fill the need? – George Stocker Mar 25 '10 at 23:46
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    @Luiscencio, If you believe there is a market for it, the engine is already available stackexchange.com – heavyd Mar 25 '10 at 23:47
  • I love the irony of using a non-english phrase in this answer +un – Antony Mar 26 '10 at 0:26
  • @heavyd stackexchange doesn't support internationalization: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4169/… there's only a JQuery based workaround. – Pekka Mar 26 '10 at 10:30

There's a (fresh new) Spanish programming forum which uses Stackexchange engine: http://comunidad.desarrolloopensource.com (alias link http://devopensource.stackexchange.com )

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    cheers for the "not here, sorry, but try there" approach! – quack quixote Mar 25 '10 at 23:54
  • I am however not sure if it suits his needs (pretty little and not active forum). But that's the only which I can Google up as far. Hole in market indeed. – BalusC Mar 26 '10 at 0:02
  • it is "web development and design" only – Luiscencio Mar 26 '10 at 0:02
  • I'm sorry for that. Well, you can consider to start up one. Spanish is the second (latin) language after English. There must surely be a market. The only other Spanish stackexchange-based forum I can find is mesadeayuda.org but this is for hardware and software only. – BalusC Mar 26 '10 at 0:09




La razón por la cual no se permiten preguntas/respuestas en otros idiomas es para evitar fragmentación del conocimiento.

Es beneficioso para los no-nativos al inglés aprender el idioma puesto que la gran mayoría del conocimiento existente se encuentra en inglés. Además también aparece antes en ese idioma.

Para buscar información en español, lamentablemente tendrás que ir a otro lado, pero será realmente una gran ventaja para vos aprender y desarrollar tu inglés, principalmente desde el punto de vista profesional.

Yo uso principalmente Stack Overflow u otras webs en inglés, pero he escuchado buenas cosas sobre www.elguille.info.

Dicho eso, siempre y cuando preguntes en inglés (que la comunidad sajona pueda entenderte), podés agregar lo que quieras.

The reason questions/answers in other languages are not alowed is to avoid knowledge fragmentation.

It's beneficial for non-speakers to learn English as most of the existing knowledge it's written in that language, and also appears first in it.

To search for information in Spanish, sadly you'll have to go somewhere else, but it will be a great advantage for you to learn and develop your English, mainly from a professional point of view.

I mainly use Stack Overflow or other webpages in English, but I've heard good things about www.elguille.info.

That being said, as long as you have an English version for them to understand you, you can add whatever you want.


Work on the Spanish Stack Overflow site will begin in August of 2015. The site will be launched late October - early November of 2015. Once the site is launched, users who have questions in Spanish can ask and get expert answers to their questions in Spanish.

I hope to see you there!

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