Proposal: Stack Overflow (in Portuguese)


I don't think that "53/100 committers with 200+ rep on any other site" is fair, we have many people who would like to use any stack Q&A site but doesn't use becase can't speak english. Even nowdays we have google translate, It is really bad to translate anything. In my opinion, this commitment score should be removed and then we can give a chance for all people who would like to participate.


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The requirement of 100 committers with 200+ rep isn't about being fair... it's about making a site that will succeed.

It is true that many foreign language sites will suffer for this, but removing this requirement would not help the situation at all. It would make it far worse.

If we were to launch Stack Overflow (in Portuguese) right now, with only 53 experienced committers, it would suffer horribly.

Every beta already has an onslaught of brand new users who don't know how SE works, and ask very low-quality questions for the first few weeks or months. Diluting your user base even further with more people who don't know how SE works will drastically hurt the quality of questions on your site, which in turn will lead to experts being driven away, rather than attracted, which will in turn lead to the site being closed for not having enough traffic.

The best thing you can do is recruit Portuguese programmers who also speak at least enough English to earn 200 rep on other sites.

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    Yeah I have to agree about quality questions, I didn't think about this way. I suppose this will be a long proposal but I hope It will reach all requeriments.
    – Rafael
    Jul 13, 2012 at 1:11
  • @Flimzy from Wichita (I lived in Wichita for 9 years): Another great answer for understanding how this works. I would really like to see a Portuguese site come about. However, I don't know why you said "programmers." If it's a site about Portuguese, what is the point in seeking out programmers?
    – User4407
    Jan 18, 2013 at 12:47
  • @PédeLeão: I said "programmers" because Stackoverflow is about programming. The same would apply to any site; whether about the Portuguese language, or any other topic.
    – Flimzy
    Jan 18, 2013 at 18:20
  • @Flimzy: Of course. My bad. My mind was still stuck on the Portuguese language site.
    – User4407
    Jan 18, 2013 at 18:33

If users are really interested in participating, they will find a way to do so.

After all, isn't that hard to collect a 200+ rep on any given SE site. Every person relates to more than one subject and can easily answer or place a couple of questions, thus achieving the required reputation to help with the commitment cap.

On the other hand I've recently started visiting Area 51 and found the Stackoverflow in Portuguese. As a Portuguese citizen and a programmer, I've committed to this proposal and really hope it gets to see the light of day.

For that end, I've started to spread this proposal, either publicizing it on my social pages, talking about it with friends and coworkers, etc. Soon enough some one that heard about this from me will actively work to help this proposal.

My recommendation: spread the word by all means at your disposal. Don't blame the system that has been around for years.

Tips and Tricks

Everybody got questions, so, place it on a SE site. A question receives upvotes that translates into reputation. Accepting the correct answer also gives reputation.

Placing answers on questions which a person can relate to, is also a great way of receive upvotes, that in turn, translate into reputation.

Motivate friends, coworkers, any given Portuguese programmer to bring their daily questions to SE sites, in a couple of weeks some will already have overcome the 200 rep :)

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    Thanks. Very good advice for all interested in this proposal.
    – Maniero
    Jul 22, 2012 at 20:35

Maybe many fellow portuguese speaking people share my opinion: most of the quality content in computing is already in english, it's better to advise computing initiates/students who don't speak english to learn english.

I don't think stackoverflow.com fragmentation over language is a good thing, think of how many people will not be able to help a portuguese stackoverflow.com because they don't speak portuguese.

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    Your comment isn't related to the topic Oct 18, 2012 at 17:37
  • I think what I said is related to the topic, I'm saying why I don't think the commitment score is unfair. You may disagree with my opinion, of course, but that doesn't make it unrelated to the topic.
    – razenha
    Oct 18, 2012 at 17:59
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    There's no fragmentation when the total number of contributors increase with the addition of another site. If you know two or more languages, you can choose in which site(s) you want to participate, but if you know only one language, having no site in that language means you can not participate at all! These language specific proposals will increase the number of people who can use SE, and that's a good thing, both for the company (more ad revenue - maybe even more targeted) and for the users (more resources to learn, more accessible knowledge).
    – mgibsonbr
    Oct 18, 2012 at 23:32

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