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Should Xenforo.com have some non-English forums ?

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by Digital Doctor, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    maybe they wouldn't be indexed ? (So they wouldn't show up in English searches).
    Thoughts ?
  2. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    You mean xenforo.com?

    Not unless they have the staff with the necessary language capability.
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  3. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    They could be moderated by trusted members.
    Maybe Allan could help in a French Forum, etc.

    Would it help Sales ?
  4. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    No, our rules currently state that all posts must be in English. Its been suggested, and when Kier, Mike, and Ashley determine its necessary and they have staff able to handle the forums that it will happen. At this time, it won't be happening.
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  5. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Is the English only policy the future ??

    source - http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0775272.html

    Two questions:

    (1) will Xenforo add other languages to Xenforo.com ?
    (2) don't those numbers seem low ? Only totals 3.2 billion. ... is that expected ? Half the world is illiterate ?
  6. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    What's language got to do with illiteracy?

    And there are a LOT of languages :p
  7. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    Plus over a billion speak speak english (as a second or additional language)
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  8. Robust

    Robust Well-Known Member

    I don't get your post about speakers of languages. That doesn't represent XenForo's customer base. So far there has been, generally, no problem with an English only site here, to my knowledge anyway. Enlighten me if I'm missing something.
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  9. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    how would you know ?
    They aren't allowed to post !

    I'm talking about what would be benefits of having other Languages represented here ?
    Maybe there are no benefits !

    Is there a Xenforo spanish site ? (where xenforo users talk in their own language ?)
    German ?
    French ?
  10. Robust

    Robust Well-Known Member

    Sure they are, they can use Google Translate or find a translator. There's a good reason for not allowing every language under the moon here, it's just confusing. If XenForo looked at the analytics for this site, I'm sure it would be predominantly users from English speaking countries.

    I don't know, you can try searching on Google for a 3rd party XenForo support site in Spanish. If not, maybe that's a niche you could explore.
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  11. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    Not many.
    Is WBB, VB much better because they let other languages to be used in their forums?
  12. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    The xenforo software is not suited to handle multilingual forums. It would become a mess.
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  13. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    @whynot WBB is quite good at it. mostly because they are german speaking but want / need English sales.

    I said 335 was slow ... just looking at the 5 countries off the top of my head.


    English customers are likely the majority of the sales.

    They would need custom searching.

    http://www.xendach.de/ seems like a good German site. found it via: xenforo deutsch

    https://xenfacil.com/ good spanish site ... found via: xenforo espaƱol (i've seen the URL here before and I thought it was a french site !)

    The spanish site stats ..
    Xenforo.com stats

    So size wise, they have 2% of the members of English Xenforo.com.
    Smaller than I thought.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2016
  14. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    Classic case.. the Burning Board support forum. Their "native" language is in German and those of us that don't speak German typically languish away in the English area until we happenstance upon a reply from someone or use Google Translate.
    And I'm pretty sure that chart that was posted was based upon populations and the native language, and not language speaking abilities of those that can speak multiple languages.

    Yep, was right


    English also ranks as the #1 business language with Mandarin second.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2016
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  15. cellarius

    cellarius Active Member

    Yes: http://www.xendach.de/

    There also are legal issues. As a company, you're to some extent liable for what happens on your site. I don't know the exact legal setting in the UK, but since they're still inside the EU, there probably are some similarities to Germany. You don't want to have subforums in languages you can't at least read. And no, voluntary moderators won't solve that problem.

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