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Does Stack Exchange insist on a special language for posts? Please describe

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. ...
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Why is there no French Stack Overflow?

L'avis d'un français parmi tant d'autres :p First, French-speakers aren't helpless: there are already many active online French-speaking communities on computing since 1999 (developpez.net for example,...
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Embedded audio player on language sites

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?) ...
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Why is there no French Stack Overflow?

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-...
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Is it allowed to have non-English text in the "About" section of the user profile page?

Are profile pages (about section) required to be written in English? Short and simple answer: no. Slightly longer answer: "Your user page belongs to you, so fill it with information about your ...
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Why are some question-askers active on both English and Russian Stack Overflows?

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 ...
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I've been getting grammar corrections rejected - resulting in a ban, while in the past every single one was always accepted. Review system broken?

Every single rejected edit only changes "How to...?" to "How do/can I...?" in titles. Yes, you should stop suggesting these particular edits. They are making the posts worse. If ...
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Hat Name is not in English

It's French, and it's a Christmas cake. Not everybody spells it with accents though: Buche de Noel is the French name for a Christmas cake shaped like a log. This one is a heavenly flourless ...
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Accept all languages to be able to ask in language-related SE sites

Your question is based on a false assumption of what SE is trying to achieve. We are trying to build a repository of high quality questions and answers, so that everyone can benefit. Asking a question ...
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Is there an option to change the language from Spanish to English?

No, there is no such option as that is the Spanish Stack Overflow where Spanish is the primary / only language posts are allowed to be in, just like Stack Overflow proper only allows English posts. ...
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Is there a secret fake Mongolian Stack Overflow?

We are using the Mongolian locale code, mn-MN internally (local and dev builds) for ease of localization. It was chosen as it kinda looks like it is the locale code for MoonSpeak, our codename for ...
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Vietnamese to English translation issue

I'd say that this is out of SE's remit to fix - While google (?)'s translation system is pretty good... your browser (correctly) determined most of the page was Vietnamese, treated the mixed language ...
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Portuguese question in the Hot Network Questions

I've updated the site setting on Portuguese Language to use the English title filter as the other language sites do. This should be active the next time the Hot Network Question list gets recreated, ...
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The correct use of chat rooms, for new users (improve visibility and description)

So, based on the previous arguments, I come up with the idea of standardizing at least the name and descriptions of the chat rooms. No, let's not do that. Chat is the "third"-place,. The ...
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Review audit questions in a foreign language need a translated version so we can easily see if they are SPAM, migratable, or should simply be deleted

No, you're supposed to reject posts in a wrong language to the site. Requires editing means "The post is almost OK, it just need some formatting improvement". It should NOT be used when the ...
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How do I propose a new site in a local language?

Those sites go through the exact same process as any other site, generally with "(in Japanese)" or whatever language appended to the proposal title. However, we are not currently accepting new ...
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Our words are too complicated. Let's make them simpler!

First thing, I am not a native English speaker. And even though I hear/read English a lot, my command over the language is average at best. I can understand the reasoning behind this idea. But I don’t ...
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Why are there two Russian Language communities?

The Russian Language [in Russian] site was imported from another community at the same time that Stack Overflow in Russian was imported. The sites were seeded from HashCode because they already had a ...
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Are there official translations of the phrase "Stack Exchange" into languages other than English?

The name "Stack Exchange" is a proper noun. Proper nouns are not normally translated, so at-best you might find official translations for "stack" and "exchange" but if you are referring to Stack ...
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Is there any policy reason why language sites have badges named in English?

I guess it's the same reason as the rest of the user interface (links, buttons) is in English. There are still a lot of users coming to your site who (like me) don't speak Spanish very well. (I'd have ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Allow bilingual tags

Unfortunately, this is unlikely to be implemented in our current localization model (unless we take on a broader project of providing true, multi-national support with language-switching throughout ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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Wrong language in recent achievements

I experienced this earlier when I joined the Fitness community and answered a question. (Note: I wasn't sure if this should have been a comment on the original question, rather than an answer, but I ...
Dan Roberts's user avatar
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Show non-English chat flags to users of non-English sites only

This is a good idea, but there is one major consideration that needs to be taken into account: what about multilingual users? For example, I speak (some) Spanish. Enough that I've managed to get a ...
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Choose Winter Bash language

The Tumbleweed argument is a really good point for allowing people to force the hat descriptions to be in English. I've added a way to do that: Scroll down on http://winterbash2015.stackexchange.com/ ...
balpha's user avatar
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Let's make the automatic removal of salutations language specific!

The following list of words are now on the exclusion list: Saludos Hola Queridos Gracias Estimados Buen( o | a ) s Que tal
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Flagging a question in a different language

You're doing it right; flagging as "unclear what you're asking" is the right action. Don't (Google) translate the post into English; the author might not speak English at all. Leaving a comment is a ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Is cross-posting the same question in different languages allowed?

Yes, that's fine. The non-English Stack Overflow sites even have a Help Center article about this. For example, the Spanish one: Should I translate questions from English to Spanish? Of course! If ...
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Are there Stack Exchanges in different languages?

We do indeed have Stack Overflow en español, for Spanish-language speakers. The same is true for Portuguese, Russian, and Japanese. A Stack Overflow in Turkish has reached the commitment stage, and ...
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Language to use in language-related sites

You can ask in either English or the native language, according to your convenience. The sites are for both learners and experienced people. So, one can ask questions in either English or in the ...
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Combinining all language related sites into one

I appreciate the idea of wanting a place for all languages, particularly those that can't sustain a site of their own. What this fails to address is that many of these sites either require or at ...
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