Proposal: Italian Language & Usage
Motivated by a response to my previous discussion, should we encourage people to submit and answer in Italian?
Despite the heavy editing that that requires, it could be a good learning experience.
I see your reasons for an "Italian only" version of this site. However, I think that it might be a little too demanding for learners, and perhaps some of them might even be put off by the difficulty at expressing their own questions, or their answers for that matter, only in Italian.
I think that all those who are Italian mother tongue should stick to Italian only, thus hopefully providing well written texts which might be useful for learners, but I would not oblige the learners to use Italian all the time. Obviously, they should be encouraged to do so, and we "experts" should be ready to devote time and energy to the improvement of those texts which require it.
No. Users should post in the language they prefer and I suggest only encouraging users to provide a translation of their post (or others to add a translation).
All the language sites use both the language being treated and English so I don't see why we should be any different.
If a user asks a question in a certain language, I'd advise answering in that language and then adding a translation for other speakers to enjoy it in case the original answer was in italian. It will be already difficult like this, let's not make it more difficult. :P
I think it should be encouraged, but not a requirement. Writing in Italian may be helpful for people whose native languages is something other than English.
On a side note, the asker could say something like, "Please answer in English because I don't quite have a full grasp of the language" or the answerer might be able to tell whether or not the asker can handle it given the nature of the question. (Questions like, "When should I use 'un' and when should I use 'uno' would, perhaps, be the sort of thing that someone brand new new to Italian might ask.)
I think that we should encourage people writing in the language they prefer, because this will be easier on the novices, both when asking questions and when wandering through the website. On the other hand advanced questions can and should be written in italian, as the answer will only be useful to people who can already read the question. At the end of the day I think we should let people ask questions in the language they're most confortable with: I know, for example, some people who wouldn't be able to ask questions in english.
On the other hand we should strongly encourage people answering in the same language
I know it's a bit of paradoxical, but it would be nice if people who are learning Italian would try to write in Italian (if they have enough confidence), while Italian speakers would try to write in English (ditto). This must not be an official rule, however: everyone should use the language he or she prefer. I have some doubt in allowing other languages, because it is less probable that there will be a lot of users who grasp them; but I may be wrong.