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Please ask people to translate, don't just close a question

Questions posted in a language other than English on an English language site are unclear by definition and should be closed. However, closing a question as unclear does in no way stop anyone from ...
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Is translating posts using Google Translate acceptable?

NO. Sorry, but no. If the OP is so lazy they can't even be bothered to try and use Google Translate themselves, then we should absolutely not do it for them. As you say, Google Translate translations ...
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Please ask people to translate, don't just close a question

Although the de-facto language of the Stack Exchange network is English, please take a moment to reflect on this topic: Ubuntu has users from around the world, and not all of them speak fluent English....
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Please ask people to translate, don't just close a question

First of all: all communication must be in English. Period. Second, if they don't know enough English to write their question in English, how would you expect them to understand the answer in English? ...
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Please ask people to translate, don't just close a question

If a question isn't in English I for one won't be able to answer it regardless of whether it falls into my areas of expertise or not. I will vote to close as unclear. If someone who does understand it ...
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Changing the language of Ask Ubuntu word processor

In Firefox you can add dictionaries from here and change the spell-checking language by right-clicking in a text field and selecting another language.
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Please ask people to translate, don't just close a question

We want to help people, but we are not a help desk. Offering a translation "service" seems nice, but is in contradiction with the basic principle that both the Q & A, as well as the discussion on ...
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Please ask people to translate, don't just close a question

If it helps, I would say about 40 to 50 questions I have created were from a Spanish Ubuntu user who did not know English at the time. I participate not only in here but several other circles and even ...
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Offering a human translation for cryptic google-translated questions

Of course; asking the author to clarify the question (in a way that is helpful) is always fine. You can also post a comment in their native language. If you want to be extra nice, post the comment in ...
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Is there a rule which states that all questions and answers have to be in English on this site?

Since majority of the users on the stack network speaks english or is from english speaking countries, English is a de facto language of the site. This is supported by links Mateo and Mark posted in ...

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