I don't actually think they should, but I wanted to understand what the general opinion about those sites is.

As a version of an existing site in a specific language would just contain questions that could be asked on that site, should not a proposal for a localized version be closed as duplicate?
The main problem I can see is when there are too proposal of creating a version of an existing SE site in a language different than language; considering the number of SE sites, and the number of existing languages, I think this would soon create a lot of such proposals.


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It is okay to propose sites in other languages as long as they understand the stipulations and limitations.

Non-English Proposal Requirements

Is it okay to have non-English questions and answers in Area 51?

How we can establish useful, thriving communities in other languages?

Commitment phase for non-English proposals, is there any chance without English community support?

Localization: The state of the nation?

Two different-language sites are not duplicate proposals. The number of people who can effectively communicate in any two random languages is vanishingly small. So, if I can't read or search or benefit in any way from a Russian Stack Overflow, for all intents and purposes, none of that content is duplicated to me nor the vast majority of the Internet.

  • While true, wouldn't it be better to not splinter the attention of some of the smaller SE-sites by creating non-English versions until that one has a real critical mass? By all means, clone SO if that's the only way to grow, but for instance a localized version of Gaming would potentially draw from the 20 questions/day they get. The localized version may not be a duplicate, but they are competing
    – Ivo Flipse
    May 4, 2011 at 5:39
  • @Ivo Flipse: Sites will only be created through the proposal process of Area 51. Right now, there is no localized version of Gaming on the radar... nor is any other localized version of a smaller Stack Exchange site, for that matter. May 4, 2011 at 13:42

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