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Questions tagged [non-english-speakers]

is for questions about posts made by non-english speakers and the issues surrounding these posts and users.

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Editing a post by translating it

Suppose that there is this question in English posted in the Spanish Stack Overflow. Or a question in Spanish posted in the English Stack Overflow. Is it allowed to edit this question by translating ...
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An alternative to creating language-specific sites

The post in nutshell:    Needs of intermediate-English users are currently ignored.    The proposed solution should encourage their integration to English sites,     instead of creating more weak ...
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Translate some question/answer into other language

I am a user of Stack Overflow and Server Fault. I am from Belgium. I really like using the Stack websites because it is easy to find help. Now I have made an account and I can ask a question but my ...
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Why not translate posts by community? [duplicate]

At area51 are multiple proposals for sites that already exists, only in another language. Actually I've committed for the German unit of Stackoverflow. And that just because I want to provide some of ...
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How should we deal with “offensive” language that might not be such from a non-native speaker? [duplicate]

In a weak answer to this question, the answerer referred to "molesting" cards. In an English language context, I would find that offensive. But I get the sense that the answerer may be a native ...
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Bad English from non-native speakers [duplicate]

I've been recently coming across questions with poor English; questions that are grammatically incorrect, not properly capitalised and whatnot. What should we do about it? Should we downvote or edit ...
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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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What happens if the OP doesn't know English language yet post a question with mere code? [duplicate]

Does SE have any sort of "assisting measure" for those who wants to post and communicate questions in English, who are unable to communicate in English? There could be just a code without a question. ...
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Misguided suggested edits to improve language by non-native speakers

Of late a huge number of suggested edits I review seem to come from people with a poor grasp of English attempting to improve the perceived poor English of others – example here. Questions often ...
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How can we improve the experience for non-native speakers on Stack Overflow?

It's obvious to me that there's a trend now on Stack Overflow of relatively low-quality questions from new users who are non-native speakers with low or intermediate fluency in English, or at least ...
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Should “I'm not a native English speaker” lines be removed? [duplicate]

Sometimes I see questions with unnecessary "Hello to you from Username!", which obviously doesn't contribute or help understand the problem in any way. But I'm not sure about cases where people say "...
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Editorial help for non-English speakers [duplicate]

There are a fair number of questions which are fine content-wise, but which suffer from poor presenta­tion due to the poster's lack of command of English. Such questions may seem obscure or ...
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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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How to tackle “i don't speak english properly, please excuse” kind of questions

I encounter a number of questions where the question starts with a disclaimer asking to be excused for their poor English etc..This is actually redundant because the post will anyway be reviewed and ...
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“Please correct my English” checkbox [duplicate]

Many people (including me) are not fluent in English. So often my questions have many language "bugs". What about an option on Stack Overflow such as the following: I write a question on a Stack ...
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How can I ask a question when I have a poor grasp on English?

I am a little upset with what has happened with my previous post. It seems to me that one particular user has some problem with my posts and always posts negative comments regarding my poor English. ...
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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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How can I find a good way to understand words like acronyms/slang? [closed]

This post is prompted by a question I revised. In the question body the OP used the word 'ol. I had to search for a long time to figure out what that meant, and found that it is an acronym of old. ...
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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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Non-English Q&A translations

So there was a Spanish question on Stack Overflow, which I edited and translated to English. Now, there's an answer on the question. The optimal thing to do would be to send the asker a message with ...
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How to handle links pointing to non-English website?

I was trying to review the below suggested edit. I thought that I could improve it by replacing the raw URL with a more appropriate display text surrounded by anchor tags. I clicked on the link to ...
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How well known is Stack Overflow with Japanese people? [closed]

In my experience, there don't seem to be many Japanese people on Stack Overflow, at least for questions about the programming language Ruby. I'm aware of some users who are Japanese but have worked ...
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Correct edit - should I translate non-english variable names?

Today I came across this post, where all the variable names were in Slovak. Obviously, when the variables are named in Slovak, it's difficult to figure out what the logic is. Before posting this ...
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Is there a manner to flag questions or answers made by non native English speakers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I think we need a flag for non-English speakers Almost all my questions or answers need a review of a native speaker. Is it possible that I flag my account as "non native ...
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Provide “How to ask a question” FAQ in non-English human languages

We welcome questions from anyone, so long as they are posted in English, but I have encountered many questioners whose native language is not English and whose questions have common problems. Can SO ...
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What to do if you don't understand someone's English and he doesn't understand yours

Today I answered someone's question and they made a comment I didn't quite understand. I told them to REPHRASE the question and it seems like they confused it with REFRESH. Thinking that the comment ...
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What languages can I use on the chat/ Q&A sites? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is English required on Stack Overflow? What languages are allowed to speak in SE chat rooms? Some time ago, I had a issue and asked for a solution at Stackoverflow. Now - ...
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Poor English questions leads to poor English answers and general confusion

Can an abstract class have only method signatures without implementation like interfaces? is worded very poorly, and can mean a number of different things. Apparently, non-English or English-second-...
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Should we attempt to salvage non-English questions?

I ran into a question that was originally written in Indonesian: Windows 7 not starting correctly on Toshiba Satellite L640 I successfully attempted to salvage the question by using Google Translate ...
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Will there be support for non-English Stack Exchange sites? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Le proposte del tipo “<sito> in <lingua>” creano inaccettabili barriere linguistiche e vanno uccise con il massimo pregiudizio Will Stack Exchange ...
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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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Show 'spoken languages' of users when moving discussion to a chat

Many user (like me) are not that fluent in English, but may be fluent in its native language. When, over a question/answers comments, the discussion is moved automatically to a chat, it will be ...
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Why was this question deleted so quickly?

The very bad question How to use Obfuscation in C# Code was deleted by Joel while we were in the process of finding out what the poster was asking. Why so quick? We didn't even give him a chance to ...
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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 will be the impact of the new filters on non-English speakers?

Related: We need to help non-English-speakers somehow I learned from this meta question (update: now deleted for under-10K users) that new quality filters are going to stop certain questions from ...
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Non English question, answer or comment - should I report?

Suppose I stumble upon whole question, answer or comment (not part, the whole post) written in non English language. Even after reading this and that I'm still not sure what is the policy or accepted ...
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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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How should we handle non-English answers?

I just came upon this non-English (Portuguese, according to Google Translate) answer. Google Translate came up with an incomplete translation which, incidentally, mentioned the Lord of the Rings (!),...
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Broken English, but a valid question. Still the community would downvote it

I stumbled upon this question. The person's English is obviously not good, yet the question is understandable and has two answers that make sense, too. From these two answers I concluded such a ...
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Cannot add non-English tags to questions of a foreign-language SE site

It seems there are no problems with writing questions or answers in non-English languages like Korean (hangul, 한글). But I can't add non-English tags. Are there any plans to fix this? Or is it ...
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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 niche sites be allowed to be multi-lingual?

I understand why Stack Overflow is English-only, and agree with this, but in the response from Jeff to an interesting suggestion from Oscar Reyes, he notes that "for Stack Exchange, this is a ...
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fix-my-english-please tag

I suggest a (special?) tag every non-native English speaker may use to encourage native speakers to fix the spelling and grammar errors one made1. 1 As long as it's relevant to understanding the ...
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Commitment phase for non-English proposals, is there any chance without English community support?

Update: Do not sympathy commit. Only commit if you will spend significant time on the site when it enters private and public beta! Update 2: So the English community should not sympathy commit to ...
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Area 51 proposal's newsletter, meta site and moderation tools

When I create Persian IT proposal, I wrote a blog post about it and asked people to join and support my proposal, now Persian IT have more than 140 members, most of them with 51 reputation point. ...
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How can I propose a non-English site?

I want to propose for a Persian version of Super User (I will explain why later) so I want to create a proposal in Area 51, but this means non-English question and answers, Is this OK? P.S: This may ...
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Broken English on StackOverflow [closed]

I am writing here to discuss this inquiry on the primary Stack Overflow Internet web site. The current text of said query reads as follows: I'm looking for c++ library implementing HTTP client. ...