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For years, the Chinese emigration proposal was the proposal with more people committed than any other one, with a notice that This launch is on hold while we add the international features needed to make it functional for this community. Dates will be announced when available. Now it has been deleted. Not only that — but an area51 discussion question was also deleted. What's going on?

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While it had an astounding number of committed users, it was also a very old proposal, and many of the folks that committed hadn't been seen in, well, more than quite some time. It had run out of steam, and we were not closer to being able to support it than we were when it started, even though we have made progress in other languages.

In order to consider a site in another language, Stack Overflow has to exist in that language first. While I really want to build a Chinese Stack Overflow, technical and political reasons stand to get in the way of that for at least the foreseeable future. Even then, we really wouldn't have the resources to spare for another Chinese site for quite some time.

I'll be writing an "International State Of The Stack" on Monday at some point, going over what we've done, what we're going to do, and our plans after Spanish (which we're getting started on next week).

  • Right. But why the complete deletions including related area51 discussions — is leaving it closed with a notice explaining exactly this not desirable? – gerrit Jun 12 '15 at 14:02
  • @gerrit Any relevance it once had is just ... gone. Leaving specific explanations on various proposals isn't really addressing the crux of it, which is our localization strategy (now that we've had quite a bit more experience) has solidified a bit, and somewhat differently than how we kind of 'guessed' it would be when we were just talking about it. I need to get that out in general terms first, because it applies in a much broader sense, and then we're going to look at guidance for specific proposals (e.g. Turkish SO) that will have to wait a while longer. – Tim Post Jun 13 '15 at 5:49

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