Proposal: Applying to Foreign Colleges & Universities (in Chinese)


Google translate shows the above as:

This project is the core of Chinese students studying abroad to answer the doubts, this is not the means, this project all the questions and answers will be entirely in Chinese? If they are using Chinese, the experience of living abroad for this, such as the problem, only overseas Chinese can only answer, after all, most foreigners do not speak Chinese, but may not understand the Chinese living abroad.

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Our goal to make the Stack Exchange Network a great place to produce high-quality Q&A sites, no matter what language they speak. But we are still predominantly an English-speaking organization and we need to understand the underlying premise of these sites.

We allow the creation of non-English sites, but we have a few requirements.

Non-English Proposal Requirements

  • The proposal title and description must be in English. It is okay to include a translation into the native language.
  • The sample questions and comments can be in your own language.
  • Any related Area 51 discussions have to be conducted in English (or translated before posted).
  • If the site is created, any posts on the meta site must be in English (or translated before posted).

I know this is not ideal; It's all a bit of a compromise in lieu of saying "Sorry you cannot create proposals for non-English sites until we have a proper localization interface."

For details, see

Is it OK to have non-English question and answers in Area 51?

  • Thanks @Robert, it is clear. I accepted it.
    – Don Liang
    Aug 16, 2011 at 14:34
  • How canonized is the last bullet point here?
    – Caleb
    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:29
  • @Caleb: It's still an essential policy. We're just not to the point where a site can be created, governed, and run completely hands off from folks like us who work with these communities and developers who have to be cognizant of the technical and behavioral issues handled by the core code. Dec 5, 2011 at 14:48

It seems like, for now, we need type Chinese for the direct answers. And also, we need translate the answers into English for the admin. It just like what Albert have done.

Some benefits here if using two languages,

  1. better served the people who asked questions

  2. easier for admin to review

  3. improve writers' (whoever asked or answered questions) ability in English and Chinese, especially in translation.

  4. to see if Google Translate did a good job between Chinese and English.


The question says: if we are gonna restrict the language in this project to Chinese only, we might unnecessarily prevent people from answering questions. Many Chinese students may want to know about what's living overseas like. If they ask their questions in Chinese, people who can't read it will not be able to answer their questions.

My answer is:

This really does not concern me. Whoever wish to post their questions in both English and Chinese should be free to do so. But still, it is quite likely that Chinese will become the primary language used here, and I don't think anything can be done about it.

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