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Thus, my question: do we, as a community, want to discourage gendered language? Or should we just leave it to the discretion of users what kind of language to use? As I understand it, this proposal is not suggesting using moderator action to enforce the use of ungendered language. Nevertheless I would like to clarify that we won't do that, not unless people ...


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In general, we don't care what happens in chat rooms associated with the site, so if some users want to set up a chat room for discussion in a foreign language, that should be okay. However, if chat moderators have reason to suspect that the foreign language is being used to disguise communication that would otherwise be unacceptable (e.g. insults), they'll ...


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Yes, while the language of the main body of a SE post should be in English, non-English references are acceptable for various reasons: A non-English reference is better than no reference. It is unfair to not recognize a scientific contribution just because it is not written in English.


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The answers on Stack Exchange should be fully complete on their own. Any external references, links, etc. should just be used as supplement. So really it doesn't matter what language your sources are in as long as your post on this site is in English and is complete on its own. One key reason for this is to cover the case for when the reference becomes no ...


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It's internet shorthand for "because."


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The official faq Do posts have to be in English on Stack Exchange? on mother meta refers to the official blog entry on the topic. Note that the focus on "programming questions" is because back then there were only SO, SU and SF around, but the essence still is valid: It is not, nor has it ever been, our goal to be the one place in the world for all ...


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There simply are no such language translation tools $-$ technical language is too complicated, and machine translation is (intrinsically?) not good enough to handle it. If you have any specific tool in mind that you'd like to propose, then you're obviously welcome to propose it. However, it is your job to go and research what tools there are out there, and ...


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Top scientific journals not only accept references in foreign languages, but sometimes even require that such a reference be provided - the well-known case is JETP/ZhETF, which was an ongoing direct translation of the major journal published in Russian. I think it is in the interests of the community to provide the original sources, as well as, whenever ...


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To quote from an earlier answer of mine: Language Matters. If your questions use unclear language, then they are more likely to be closed as Unclear What You're Asking, and they are more likely to be downvoted. We close unclear questions because they direct answerer attention from other questions which do provide sufficient clarity to have unambiguous ...


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The very welcoming Mathematics policy is consistent with my personal preference for having patience with non-native speakers and writers. However, I'm not immediately sure whether I have had the presence of mind to respond that way myself when I've seen foreign-language questions in the past. You raise an interesting question. I think that my first response ...


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