Can you point out where is the requirement or discussion that questions and answers should be in English? I didn't find it in the FAQ (except "Languages other than English (including translation)") or About.

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Are you asking if you are allowed to ask questions in a language other than English? This is an English language site, so no.

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    Yes, I'm trying to explain, why people on the other site, which is similar to English, except the subject is the other language, are allowed to ask questions only on that language. Commented Feb 12, 2011 at 4:39
  • Well conceivably one could ask questions about English in another language, but… best to disallow such questions on this site. :-) Commented Feb 12, 2011 at 15:49
  • @kiamlaluno: I'm talking about this exact site, which is English.SE, and both @Kosmonaut and @ShreevatsaR attempted to answer me. Specifically I implied "What languages one's allowed to ask questions in?" That's all. ;-) Commented Feb 12, 2011 at 16:38

There's also a blog entry about that here:


  • Jeff, OK. English.SE is something different than SU, SO, SF et cetera. Just in case. Commented Feb 12, 2011 at 16:50

Because English is the language that most users speak.

I’m slightly confused by some other comments/answers. There seem to be two different questions that are getting conflated:

  1. What can one talk about on a site?

  2. What languages can one use on a site?

These aren’t necessarily the same! This site is about English — but one could also have a site for discussing Greek in English, or for discussing English in Russian, or… And most of the Stack Exchange sites aren’t even about a language at all, of course.

However, it’s also the case that the working language of this site is English. Why? Jeff has argued elsewhere for why they are trying to keep the Stack Exchange sites monolingual for the moment. And English is the language that most people in this community speak best — so English is the language we choose.

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