From what I've seen, some members of this forum do not have the most fluent grasp of the English language, which serves as this site's main mode of communication. Should we permit questions in other major languages, namely French, Spanish, and/or Yiddish and German? (The language of Hebrew is excluded from this proposal as it may warrant a different discussion.)

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    related meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/3437/759
    – Double AA Mod
    Jul 28, 2016 at 19:42
  • I'm glad you restrict to major languages. (Even if we want posts in foreign languages, we probably don't want them in Achumawi or Mungbam or Romblomanon or Yandruwandha.) But I wonder how you decided on your list of major languages.
    – msh210 Mod
    Jul 28, 2016 at 21:14
  • @msh210, re your first comment: those were languages which came to mind which are used by other members of J.SE Jul 29, 2016 at 0:22
  • German is good, some people called it Yidish.
    – kouty
    Jul 29, 2016 at 4:40
  • Hebrew has been brought up here meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/4148/759
    – Double AA Mod
    Oct 11, 2016 at 16:33

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No; we should not. We have built a community of experts who are fluent in English, who are capable of answering, evaluating, voting on, improving, maintaining, categorizing, moderating behavior around, etc. content in English. We have not built a community that assumes fluency in any other language of discourse. To build such a community effectively would required a significant bootstrapping effort - much more than simply beginning to allow content in other languages. Such efforts are what the Stack Exchange new site staging process is for. Allowing content in non-English languages without first doing the requisite community-building would result in portions of our content repository being systematically under-maintained and therefore of significantly lower quality.


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