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Questions tagged [english]

For questions about the use of English versus other languages across the StackExchange network.

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HNQ has been hacked by the Russians

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 ...
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Should an answer be downvoted because the question is considered badly formatted?

I am referring to this answer I gave on English.SE, but I am interested in a general answer (since I browse many SE sites). I cannot find an existing question about this on meta. Most results I find ...
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Is it Ok to ask for a clarification for a comment?

Sometimes, I see comments on here which I definitely can't understand or translate. In that case, I write something like that : @userxxxxx Sorry, I can't translate "incomprehensible sentence ...
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Polite request to apply ingenious and creative solutions towards creating a multi-lingual SO

I have followed SOs tendency/tenacious inclination to only offer SO in English with interest - especially given all the controversy surrounding questions written in bad English by non-English speakers ...
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Why doesn't it say anything about English in the help center?

I saw this French question today on Stack Overflow and I started thinking: Are non-English questions acceptable on Stack Overflow? After a few minutes of research I found this (from the StackOverflow ...
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Asking and answering questions in Spanish [duplicate]

I am from Venezuela and I do not speak English. I would like to help out here however, to answer questions I need to use Google Translate. May I ask (and answer) questions in Spanish?
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Translating posts

I recently edited a post that was in German. I can speak a little German, but used this: http://translate.reference.com/translate Using this experience as an example, Am I able to create some useful ...
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Flag comment not in English [duplicate]

Should comments that are not in English be flagged? What if the OP understands an answer in some other language, and not in English: should such posts still be flagged?
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Is it allowed to use non-English language in comment/answer? [duplicate]

Let's say, I found someone who is asking a question is from the same country with me, is it allowed to use my own speaking language to help her/him?
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Is there an appropriate way to say that “my posts need to be revised”? (For ESL clarity)

Before I ask this question, I searched and found no similar question. I'm not a native English speaker, but I try my best to express what I mean with my questions and answers. I wish that my ...
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Is it wrong or unethical to ask questions using English produced by a translation tool?

Is it wrong or unethical to ask questions in English using Google Translate? What is the correct procedure to ask questions in the English language when you do not know the English language?
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Overzealous editing out of a single non-English phrase? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are taglines & signatures disallowed? Is English required on Stack Overflow? Being still somewhat of a new active user of SO I am a bit unsure of the culture here. I ...
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Is English required on Stack Exchange?

Related: Do posts have to be in English on Stack Exchange? Seeing that localization is slowing creeping up and "site" in "language" proposals are accepted, what is the policy for English on sites ...
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What should we do with posts written in a language different from English? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is English required on Stack Overflow? Non English question, answer or comment - should I report? I am not talking about questions in C# and answers in Java. What should we ...
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Does “English only” mean more questions in suboptimal English?

Recently, I came across a couple of posts whose English grated on me: Need to get my object into a subclass had "RUBY: gotta get my object into a subclass, getting closer" (emphasis added) as its ...
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Should multilingual posts be edited to remove non-English content?

I've noticed a few posts that presumably contain the same content in both English and a secondary language (most frequently Spanish). Sometimes the English translations are contributed by the OP in ...
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What constitutes acceptable English on Stack Exchange sites?

It's well-established policy that English is required on Stack Exchange sites (language-specific sites aside). That policy led to the question of whether English means UK English or US English. The ...
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Are questions being poorly phrased a reliable indicator that it's a bad question?

In Please don't migrate low-quality questions to other sites , there's reference to "Some random guy who thinks that maybe he can get an answer, whether it's badly worded or not." I often find ...
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Getting an answer to a question with poor English in a Stack Overflow way

This is concerning my question Difference in behaviours of Dispose method between winforms and textboxes. It is a helpful question, but I was not able to draft it well due to my poor English skills, ...
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The Stack Exchange Translation Project

I suggest adding a translate feature to SE sites, with something like a language selection drop-down menu on the page. The translation engine should default to Google Translate — which is often ...
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Is atrocious English a possible sign of rudeness?

Can atrocious English in a question be a potential sign of rudeness? Background: I'm wondering because of this question, but I'm not certain if the atrocious English is because the person isn't a ...
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Should we really pay undue attention to the “language” or the decor of the questions asked? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: We need to help non-english-speakers somehow… What’s the correct response to poorly-phrased questions? Apologies if this has already been discussed in some ...
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Was this closed due to bad English?

Just wondering, was this Stack Overflow question, How can you popup two windows and then do stuff? closed as subjective because of the questioner's bad English?
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How are non-English readers researching for solutions online?

I am just wondering. I work in Japan and almost all of my co-workers are of course Japanese who mostly do not read or write English. I often see them reading Japanese translation of books but to me ...
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Do posts have to be in English on Stack Exchange?

Otherwise known as 必须用英语吗?(is English required?) Do I have to use English when posting a question, an answer or a comment on a Stack Exchange site? Return to FAQ Index