I want to discuss with you, that whether Chinese SE questions should be written in English.
I now claim to reason that it is best to write in all-English, even for language learning sites --- Except perhaps language examples themselves and related terminologies, though I suggest even they had better be followed by a parenthesis with English equivalent in it.
Why? First, we have the danger of fragmentation: some of the information are visible to English Google users only, some to (in my instance) Chinese users. There might be duplicates as well, because a beginner asker cannot even read an already existent question written in all-Chinese.
Second, for a language learner, say in Chinese, he or she cannot yet write Chinese well, so he is likely search in English. And then he won't be able to find the relevant question written in Chinese. Isn't this kind of lose the point of SE? As a native Mandarin speaker, I am willing to answer question in Chinese. But if it is available to all but a small number of already-fluent Chinese speakers, then I might be less willing to answer....or it might be just me?
Third, language discussion in original language is usually already abundant in the original country.
Isn't there already many all-Chinese Q&A sites, like
知乎, popular among native Chinese?
Then what is the point of SE, if they largely overlap?
Let me take a look in other language learning sites. English SE are unanimously in English, and too is Japanese SE basically all-English. While German SE questions are often in German, and Spanish SE often in Spanish. There is an all-Russian beta SE which I guess to be about Russian language, and as you can see I don't even know what it is. Though among the language-learning SEs I mentioned above, neither of their site tours stress this point particularly (i.e. what language should posts be in), as I have just examined.
Since Chinese SE is new, unlike, say, Japanese SE which has established their norm, who then can decide this? As my understanding goes, it depends on a discussion on Meta site, but there is none. This chosen answer urges that English is required in all SE sites, But in this Area 51 discussion, some show a more tolerant attitude towards all-Chinese questions; on the other hand, There, several points I just made was remarked. And there is a discussion in Meta Chinese SE about this, but almost no one participated that thread. And both are written very long ago, before Chinese SE was established as beta phase. What do you think?