It doesn't specify this anywhere on the Tour page and I cannot find a meta question that directly answers this question (if one exists, please direct me there). Are questions on SE (and *nix.SE in particular) expected to be in English? If so, is there a reason that "Not in English" is not a flag option?

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See this meta post on the topic. Yes only English is allowed. If posts are in anything other than English they should be either translated by the OP or closed/deleted.

*excerpted the highest UV'd answer there -

The Stack Overflow Trilogy has an official policy on non-English questions:

It is not, nor has it ever been, our goal to be the one place in the world for all programming information in every possible human language.

Direct question posters to native language resources. It is not the community's goal to teach English. The question asker should put some effort into the question. As long as the question is in salvageable English and makes some modicum of sense, it should be edited and improved like any other post.

  • Good find! Is there a reason why there is no option to specify "Not in English" as a reason for flagging?
    – HalosGhost
    Oct 25, 2014 at 0:24
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    @HalosGhost - Probably b/c it doesn't come up that frequently enough to warrant it. Also you can use the other and provide a custom reason if needed.
    – slm Mod
    Oct 25, 2014 at 0:25
  • Okay. I've seen several posts now not in-English (certainly not many though). And, so far, I've simply used the custom reason. Thank you for your help!
    – HalosGhost
    Oct 25, 2014 at 0:26
  • @HalosGhost - yup, keep doing that, when I seem them I delete them if I cannot salvage.
    – slm Mod
    Oct 25, 2014 at 0:29
  • Unclear what you're asking? Oct 25, 2014 at 2:45
  • @CanadianLuke, I feel like the question was well-resolved. What do you feel is unclear?
    – HalosGhost
    Oct 25, 2014 at 5:03
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    That's what I flag non-Englishquestions with Oct 25, 2014 at 5:08
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    On the few that I've seen, I run them through Google Translate. If I can't fix it after that I'll usually close with a custom reason, as slm recommends.
    – eyoung100
    Oct 27, 2014 at 14:53

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