I've noticed while commenting on questions/answers asking them to rewrite their question/answer in English that there is nothing to link toward for them to check out the "rule" in the Tour or the Help Center.

Even in the How do I ask a good question?, language is not mentioned.

Then in Why do I see a message that my question does not meet quality standards?, It states:

Correct use of English spelling and grammar to the best of your ability.

However, the server does not automatically block non-English questions based on quality standards. This seems weird to me.

So my question is the following: Is there a reason that the rule about only using the English language is not mentioned anywhere? and should it be explicitly written that questions, answers, and comments have to be in English?

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We have very little scope for modifying the Tour or Help Center content.

However, we do have a Meta GIS SE FAQ on Handling questions posed in a Language Other Than English (LOTE)?.

Also, I just added a sentence into this answer to our FAQ on Asking good questions for GIS Stack Exchange which says:

Questions and their titles must be written in English.

Comments are temporary and while English is preferred for those too, I think there is some scope for them to be made in other languages to try to assist non-English speakers when necessary.

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    Well, that is kind of a shame. I read that link before posting my question, but the problem I have with it is it is not quick/simple/easy to find for a new user and it is not geared toward the new user asking a question but reviewers. So it is not really a good material to link to explain the reasoning for the english only policy. but stackoverflow.blog/2009/07/23/non-english-question-policy might be good though more generic and programming/code centric
    – Kalak
    Nov 2, 2023 at 10:53
  • @LouisCottereau we are always open to proposals that suggest the words and where to use them in order to improve our Tour and Help Center.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Nov 2, 2023 at 10:57

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