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tl;dr Cultural differences are more of a problem than specific words (that no one reads anyways). Don't fix symptoms while ignoring the root problem. And work with international teams. You will be a better person for it. The rules - who needs em anyways? Who are they for? I didn't leave anything I tried out of this list. There is no cherry-picking going on ...


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English is a living language; it changes slowly but constantly. Old words take new meanings, new words replace old, and sometimes old uses resurface in new contexts. Also, sometimes there are emoji. We gather together here from across the earth, bringing with us myriad notions of language and meaning. Our purpose is to share knowledge with one another; ...


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I love the suggestion. And I want to address one of the concerns you mention: that it will look unprofessional to people with a good command of English. There was a great article on Smashing magazine once (sadly, I couldn't find it now) about dividing features into simple ones for new users and complicated ones for power users. Their conclusion: don't do ...


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"Why should language variants be allowed?" Because there is an audience for them. It's really as simple as that. If a site graduates, there is an audience sizeable enough that a site like that is sustainable. "Does the reward really outweigh the risk of dividing our user and knowledge bases". In my opinion that greatly exaggerates the risk. I've ...


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This is an interesting idea. It's well-formed, well-presented and well-argued. You almost had me. But after thinking long and hard, I couldn't support it. If someone can't read our rules, then how are they going to post a well-written question? How are they going to understand a well-written answer? One might argue that a post, simple enough to be ...


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The short answer is: whatever language the other folks present in the room are comfortable speaking. All else being equal, if you jump into a room and start posting stuff that isn't understandable to the majority of the users there, you're probably going to get some pushback. And as a practical matter, if those moderating the room (moderators, owners, 10k ...


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Is it OK to pick a random question in the English Stack Overflow, translate it and repost it in a different language Stack Overflow site? As a general method of wholesale seeding a new site with content: No. This should be a universal rule for the Portuguese site and any other international sites that may follow. The long-standing (unspoken?) rule has ...


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Yes, they should be taken out. Preferably while fixing grammar and spelling... These are noise - they are not relevant to the question.


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This is something that has been bothering me for a while. I designed the anti-spam / anti-abuse layer that's been keeping most of this crap out for the last couple of years, and it was designed with 'snow shoe' spammers in mind. For those of you unfamiliar with the term 'snow shoe' when it comes to spamming, well, consider a snow shoe: What this ...


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The ability to upload audio clips has been requested on English Language Learners (Embed an audio player), English Language & Usage (Why can't we add video (or even audio) clips to posts?) and on Japanese Language (Allow audio uploads). Short audio clips would be very helpful with pronunciation questions and answers. Many people, while familiar ...


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It sounds like a good idea to me. I'm just posting to point out that, as you note, "we're a professional site. People in the US/UK/EU and other places are proficient at English" — and people elsewhere are proficient at other languages. That is, we're not aiming our text at children; thus, we don't need to pay attention to age/grade level specifically. ...


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What risks? Since you posit that there is a risk, it's up to you to say what you think the risk is. Do the benefits of allowing users to post images outweigh the risks involved? Do the benefits of allowing claims that Java is a real programming language outweigh the risks involved? Do the benefits of allowing teen moderators outweigh the benefits involved? ...


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Yes, the cc-by-sa license on Stack Overflow does allow for this, as long as you give the proper attribution. Whether the Portuguese site actually wants you to do this is a better question for their own Meta. If you really mean "random question", the answer is almost certainly "no! please no! why?!?!?!". If you mean "some very good SO question with great ...


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I'm not sure why this question was migrated to meta.SE because it feels extremely specific to Stack Overflow and the challenges faced there. Stack Exchange's diaspora of sites will have different rules and requirements per site and as such, I will be responding as if this question was on meta.SO. It's our fault. No. The very fact you think that is part ...


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So, should I edit the answer and append a Spanish translation so the original author can understand it? No, we're an English language site. The correct thing to do from the start would have been to just close the question. Is English required on Stack Overflow? Shouldn't the “English only” policy be mentioned in the FAQ? Since you already took the time ...


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I don't think those proposals will significantly drain away users that are comfortable with the english language. I'm not a native english speaker, but I tend to visit sites in english and use english terms when searching for technical topics. In many areas there are just more and better english resources than in my native language, so using english has an ...


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Stack Overflow doesn't have nor need a standard for the correct way to spell the gender-indeterminate singular pronoun, anymore than it needs a standard for how "color" or "colour" is spelled (outside of code), or any other point of grammar. The usage of the original poster should just be retained; edits to change them like the one you mention should be ...


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The reason is simple: you need to be able to read a post in order to vote on it, flag it, or otherwise react to it you don't need to be able to read a user name The reply system has removed most of the pain involved in trying to @ a user with a nonLatinalphabet name. (See the accepted answer to Dealing with "difficult" usernames in targeted ...


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If you at the same time address any problems with the question, such as any mistakes a non-native speaker might have made, go ahead and remove it.


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L'avis d'un français parmi tant d'autres :p First, French-speakers only aren't helpless: there are already many active online French-speaking communities on computing since 1999 (developpez.net for example, in which I am also actively involved). Moreover, I think that good developers must practice English and I know it's not currently the case, but I've seen ...


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I agree that making things simpler is a good thing. However, one thing to take into account is what the English is like in the things we write on this site (i.e., our questions and answers). As an experiment, I opened up a Meta tab in my browser and took the body of the first 4 questions plus this one, for a total of 5, and put them into the readability ...


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By doing that, you would be limiting your answer's audience to users who speak your native language. Other users will not benefit from your answer and will be unable to upvote it, even if it is very good, since they cannot understand it. This is a lose-lose situation. Don't do that.


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I'm one of those people who asks questions on both sites. Before I answer this question I would like to share some discussions from metaRuSO. Сбор вопросов для будущих кандидатов в модераторы сообщества 2015Collecting questions for community moderators candidates One of the questions: Many Russian-speaking specialists are using StackOverflow in English (en....


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Let's start off by saying that corrections to posts should never be so minimal that they don't address all the problems within a post. Correcting minor things but leaving other obvious glaring problems is an inappropriate way to edit. That being said, let's have a look at some points: The use of "i" instead of "I" is simply wrong. Correcting that is ...


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I cannot imagine how this could ever be useful. An expert on Russian is almost certainly not going to be an expert in German. So there will be very little of the cross-talk we get on SO between users of different programming languages. Also, a Russian expert will generally have no need to learn German, while programmers often have need to pick up other ...


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See: Is it hopeless to start a non-English site? If you're talking about a fully localized size (such as, Stack Overflow in Hungarian), we don't have support for that just yet at all. We're working on some localization projects (most recently, support for non-ASCII tags), but we're still a ways out from being able to support a fully non-English site. ...


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The site language is English. Writing in any other language (even repeating the answer) is likely to get edited out by the community. It is nice that you want to connect with the OP in their native language, however - most users of the site will not understand it. In other words - it is allowed, but will be considered noise by most users, therefore ...


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There has been a previous proposal (since deleted) for a French Stack Overflow, and its purpose was discussed at https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1280/french-stackoverflow-translation-or-not. However, that link now gives "Page Not Found". For the current status of Internationalization efforts for Stack Overflow you could review ...


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No you are not allowed. Stack Overflow is an English only website. You can support the Stack Overflow in Spanish suggestion on area51, however.


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I'll give the same answer I just posted here. Using English for identifiers doesn't change how the code works. If company policy mandates native language identifiers and someone has to change all that just to post on SO, they risk making typos or introducing bugs.


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