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non-english forums on xf.com?

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by Luxus, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. Luxus

    Luxus Well-Known Member

    Perhaps it's a bit too early but I thought it can't hurt to throw the idea out. Non-english speakers or speakers that are more comfortable using their own language would probably appreciate a small forum where they can speak in their own language. It doesn't have to be for all languages, just the most used ones like spanish, french or german. I can understand there would be a problem if moderators don't understand any of those languages.
     
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I believe this has already been suggested and discussed a few times previously.

    As you rightly surmise, moderation would be an issue.
     
  3. Allan

    Allan Well-Known Member

    I think it's the visitors adapt to the forum and not the other way (because there are a lot of language in the world and it would many, many forums).
     
  4. The Forum Heroes

    The Forum Heroes Well-Known Member

    Maybe sites like Allan could become official xF sites of other languages like how vB Germany is.
     
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  5. usAdultAds

    usAdultAds Active Member

    how about some type of addon that could use google translation or something so the member of another language
    can change the forum default lang to their own, so if someone was posting something in English, then it would convert to that members own language, and when they
    type a post in their language then it would come out in English or whatever
    the country that member has selected to be their default language.

    It would be an addon that I would buy, because now you can offer more
    language opportunities to those that can not type English very well,
    and new opportunity = more traffic...

    Here is an example addon for VB:
    http://www.vbenterprisetranslator.com
     
  6. James

    James Well-Known Member

    I feel this forum should be an English-only one. Not to try and single out anybody, but when things are being posted and questions are being answered in different languages, it only makes it more difficult for people with a similar problem to be able to find a solution.

    I'd also be more inclined to assist someone where their post is in English, rather than translate (then understand, seeing as translations aren't perfect) their post into English, then translate my response into their native language.
     
  7. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    Problems - a subforum here in another language becomes inaccessible to most Brits and Americans - we are famously bad at other languages. We are however the majority users here so that counts as a strong voice.
    Then a subforum in Arabic, or Chinese or Spanish not only cuts out most English speakers, it cuts out all the other language speakers too.

    Solution? If it was possible to do, an addon which applied a translator PER POST might be good.
    Then the source material would stay in English, making it available to the great majority, and translatable as a common source to those that need translation. Someone struggling with the meaning could switch temporarily to get help.
    But I don't know if that would be doable..

    With or without a software solution, there are some basic guidelines that help when providing support to someone who clearly has limited English. I'll try to remember them because I'm so used to it I don't think about it. I mostly write like that anyway because of long years as a teacher.

    Actually language made suitable for a non-native-English speaker is also excellent for sharp, focused clarity for any support work with English speakers too. We all feel a bit nervous when tackling what we do not know, so short, simple, childlike language is much easier and psychologically reassuring.

    1. Do not use slang.
    Use 'educated English' as much as possible as that is what foreigners usually learn.
    2. Do not use short forms like 'max' 'min' 'mins.'
    Learners tend to learn full forms first, short forms later.
    It even helps not to use can't, doesn't - use cannot, does not.
    3. Do not use acronyms (sets of letters as short forms) unless they are names of software without a long form in use eg. MSWord.
    4. When using a word outside a child's vocabulary, like 'acronym' put its meaning in brackets as I did above.
    5. Make lines or sentences as short as possible.
    Aim for a child's book style. This keeps lumps of information small to digest. AVOID 'AND.'
    6. Write in list form like this, not in paragraphs.
    Single lines or two lines maximum are easier to digest, less intimidating.
    7. Try to use one word verbs/ action words eg. use descend instead of 'go down;'
    One word action words come from Latin a big root language for Europe. Most European languages have similar words inherited from a Latin word which will be similar so easier to understand. Our English Saxon habit of going up, picking up, etc is very strange to other cultures.
    8. Avoid jokes, and clever comments. they do not translate well.
     
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  8. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    Cmon Brogan stop slacking and learn some new languages man. Geeeez....(y)
     
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  9. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    English, Turkish and what little I remember of French, German, Italian and Finnish is my limit I'm afraid :D

    Oh and American ;)
     
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  10. usAdultAds

    usAdultAds Active Member

    Oh, is that all? (n)

     
  11. Luxus

    Luxus Well-Known Member

    Lets not start with google translation. You would spend more time figuring out the garbage than performing moderator duties.

    Well it does work on other forums but those forums usually have moderators speaking the language. So yeah I really think the major issue here is the moderation (unless the Broganator rips his shirt off and flexes his brain muscles to learn more languages in record time :p)
     
  12. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    No such thing as American. We speak a superior, more refined, version of English ;)
     
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  13. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    Oh dear not the UK/US boxing match PLEASE.
     
  14. Allan

    Allan Well-Known Member

    I talk to Ashley, and this is unfortunately not provided.
     
  15. oldzy

    oldzy Active Member

    wut yallz talkin aboot eh
     
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  16. 0xym0r0n

    0xym0r0n Well-Known Member

    I think there's already a spanish and french xf site *unofficial* that offers phrase translations and provide support to each other. I mean it's not XF themselves but there is 3rd party support. I say spanish and french because I was contacted for my permission to create a phrase/language pack in the event I have phrases or whatever.
     
  17. mcatze

    mcatze Well-Known Member

    There is also a unofficial german xf site .. xendach.de .. ;)
     
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  18. Andrej

    Andrej Well-Known Member

  19. mcatze

    mcatze Well-Known Member

    I think at the moment there we don't need official non-english forums. There are different unofficial forums and they are tolerated by KAM ..
    Maybe, if the community is much bigger we can thought about this again.
     
  20. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    Then perhaps an easily accessible list of these forums with the basic intro/ manual stuff - Brogan?
     

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