Is ENGLISH the ONLY language in the forum???
Volt Age has an interesting discussion on the use of random languages in the English forum. In fact, the problem is quite the opposite. (For the record, I gave Volty a thumbs-up for raising an interesting topic, although, as a lover of comparative linguistics, I completely disagree with his post.) Volty's discussion:
My take on this:
Right now, looking at the front page of the unsorted forum, we see that 14 out of 20 discussions are classified as English. There are two in Spanish, and one each in Japanese, Maghrebi Arabic, Italian, and French. But wait —of the six discussions that are not in the English forum, only two of them are actually written in a language other than English. The Maghrebi "discussion" (actually a language partner request) is titled in French, and the (extremely short) post is written in Maghrebi (presumably), using the so-called “franco-arabic” romanization scheme (used for texting before the invention of the smartphone). The only other “discussion” not in English is one of the two in the Spanish forum (again, it is merely a language partner request). So the fact is that finding a non-English discussion is exceedingly difficult. Let's be honest: If you want to reach the largest audience (as many posters do), you write in English. So the hard part is finding good discussions on comparative linguistics or on (or even "in") languages (even the popular ones) other than English.
Suggestion: Shouldn’t there be a new filter for the discussion section — say, “every language except English”?
Edit: I originally wrote “of the six discussions that are not in the English forum, only four of them are actually written in a language other than English”. I should have written “of the six discussions that are not in the English forum, only two of them are actually written in a language other than English”. The other four were in fact written in English. So, yes, out of 20 discussions on the top page, 18 were written in English.