Many "beginner" developers would like SO in other languages (German, French, Spanish). Will this be possible someday?
English-only Stack Overflow and Server Fault was not an issue because most good developers/adminstrators have some fluency in English - but last time I checked, the chinese clone of SO seems quite vibrant
It already becomes less true for power users. And because the software behind Stack Overflow will be used by non-technical communities - welcome stackexchange.com - you can't expect them to have a working knowledge of English, so localization must and will be done.
The Spanish Stack Overflow will be launched in late October/early November of 2015! The actual work for the site will begin on August 1, 2015.
Once the site is launched, we will be taking a break from creating more international sites for a time. This is due in part to our desire to focus on our current international sites and also to allow for those sites to grow in critical mass as we track the progress and impact they have on the world's developer population. You can read more about it here.
In the meantime, we'll be focused on getting the Spanish SO site off to a great start.
We hope you see you there!
I don't see what being a beginner has to do with wanting localization for your own language...
Anyhoo, this was discussed in podcast #48.
Interesting, as I was pondering over the same question and I reached the following conclusion: you can't really be a good developer unless you know (at least basic) English. I know this is tough but whether we like it or not that's reality. Adding new languages would turn SO more into 'discussion' site I feel rather than a pure Q&A. Not to mention how much more complicated some of the aspects would become - dupes, tags...
For the same reasons that Johan have mentioned, I think that the
Stackoverflow core will be l10n ready eventually, but I wouldn't hold my breath for
English is the lingua franca of the web, moreso for developers. Good documentation in most languages is definetly lacking, with honourable exceptions.
What about a Bānglā (bn) localization?
I'm a Wikipedia contributor, localizing Wikipedia to Bangla (bn.wiki). So, is there any way, we be a part of it to make the whole thing in Bangla.
P.S.: It's the language that acquired by blood and 21st February is an International Mother Language Day is the reminder of that achievement. And the local name of the language is "Bangla" (Bānglā), NOT 'Bengali'.