So tired of seeing people get flagged for using a foreign language in this forum.
Yes, it’s true that there is a separate section for foreign languages.
And yes it’s in the Forum Rules that “Mainly English is allowed”.
But throwing flags at people who are trying to join a discussion just because they don’t speak English is rude & exclusionary. Conversations in the English parts of the forum are obviously more robust, informational, and dynamic. And I think it’s pretty backwards thinking that anyone should be barred from participating just because YOU can’t read their words.
What kind of experience do you think this user is going to come away with:
Their very first post, their comment applies to the conversation at hand, and they’re flagged without explanation (it’s simply a non-English post, nothing more). I would be willing to bet that they might not even know what they’ve done wrong, they were a member here for exactly 1 day, maybe less. Throw them a freakin’ bone for chrissakes.
A flag doesn’t need to be the first response to a foreign language post. You can reply to them to please edit their post with an English translation via Google. You can quote-post them and provide the translation yourself if you’re feeling especially helpful. Or you can just ignore it and move on with your day since nothing in that post is harming you anyway.
You could even post a link to the relevant information since it’s clear they haven’t seen it, there’s a whole section in the Foreign Language category with the English rule translated into 9 additional languages.
This is a worldwide game, and quite possibly has more non-English speakers than those of us who do. And their input is just as valuable as yours and mine. How would you feel if you tried to join a conversation but were immediately anonymously flagged and subsequently ignored, without any explanation whatsoever? There are more respectful ways to handle this, please try to see how it looks on the receiving end. Especially for brand new members (the poor guy didn’t even get the customary “Welcome to the Forum” greeting first, smdh).
The other side of this discussion is: it looks like many non-English speakers could use a little help reading/understanding the rules in the first place.
9 languages is a drop in the bucket compared to everywhere this game is played. The “English only” message is just 4 sentences long, if anybody reading this could provide additional translations I’m sure it would be greatly appreciated, you can add it to the existing thread here.
They currently have translations for: Russian, French, Romanian, Dutch, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Turkish, and Polish.
Any kind polyglots out there who can help fill in the gaps?