It is a widespread issue in many communities to have a very bad attitude towards the English language. Despite this being a true handicap during the information age, many students, even researchers, still refuse to learn and use something different from their mother tongue. I am thinking of many Chinese, Russian, Japanese, German, French and Italian people.

I think it would be great to have language-specific versions of the stackexchange community sites (especially math) to attract more people and increase the opportunities of cooperation. With a sort of automatic translator, why not.

Will this ever happen?

  • $\begingroup$ Localized version have been proposed/suggester for SO: See pt.stackoverflow.com and also area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/54232/… or discuss.area51.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/non-english $\endgroup$ Aug 6, 2014 at 5:26
  • $\begingroup$ I've no idea about Russian. However, for Chinese and Japanese, there should not be any real problem to ask them to post in English. $\endgroup$ Aug 6, 2014 at 10:12
  • $\begingroup$ I live in China. My work colleagues are a highly educated bunch -- about 50% of them have masters degrees in technical fields. The official language of our company is English, but there are many people who can not use it effectively. So, I have to disagree with Achille. I think the language barrier is significant for many Chinese students. Maybe there is a site similar to MSE in Chinese. Does anyone know? After all, the internet now contains more Chinese material than English. $\endgroup$
    – bubba
    Sep 24, 2016 at 11:14

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Can’t We All be Reasonable and Speak English? is the tongue-in-cheek title of the announcement of Stack Overflow em Português, "é um site de perguntas e respostas para programadores profissionais e entusiastas". It launched in February and is doing well as far as I can tell, despite early worries about fragmentation of knowledge base. From the announcement:

So know this: we are at least as worried about fragmentation as you are. And we have a plan:

Eventually, all of you are going to have to learn Portuguese.

An obvious prerequisite for the existence of an SE site in a language other than English: Stack Exchange must have a Community Manager fluent in the language. For the Portuguese site they hired Gabe, The Smiling Community Manager. They recently added jmac, Community Manager of the Rising Sun and are still looking for two bilingual CMs: English/Japanese and English/Spanish.

As Jonas Meyer said, there are proposals for Math in Korean and in Spanish. Given that SE wants to add a Spanish-speaking CM already, it seems that the Spanish language proposal has a better chance of becoming reality soon. So far, its level of support on Area51 remains low (but it might increase if Stack Overflow in Spanish is created).

It's easy to identify areas that need a SE site, quite another to actually gather the right people into creating a site. -- Shog9


Area 51 is where new Stack Exchange sites can be proposed. That is how this site began. There are currently two proposals for Mathematics-in-another-language sites, one in Korean and one in Spanish. You could add another proposal or support these ones.

I don't know if it will ever happen, but it will might if the proposals get enough support on Area 51. (Edit: 900sit-ups adds that practicality also depends on whether Community Managers fluent in the relevant languages are hired.)


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