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Offline jeff25sweetTopic starter

languages other than english?
« on: October 18, 2010, 01:45:15 PM »
Hi all, I was wondering it it is allowed to play forum games in a language other than english? Just curious.

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Re: languages other than english?
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2010, 02:17:19 PM »
I believe I've seen an RP that was in German - that's between you and your RP partner.  If you're talking about the socialization areas, where anyone can take part, you should probably be prepared to give a translation if anyone inquires.

Offline Haibane

Re: languages other than english?
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2010, 03:36:03 PM »
I thought I had seen a guideline somewhere that all non-English posts or phrases had to have an English translation supplied (at least on request), since this is an English language writing site. Right now I'm unable to find the thread/post where I saw that but it is probably somewhere in the Help section.

It might well have been here - under 'In General'.

http://elliquiy.com/guidelines

Though I may have misread it as it seems to refer to acronyms and other forms of compressed modern English.
« Last Edit: October 18, 2010, 03:43:43 PM by Haibane »

Offline Will

Re: languages other than english?
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2010, 04:42:24 PM »
The actual wording says that if -asked- for a translation, you should give it.  I honestly can't see anyone demanding a translation for an RP they aren't involved in, so I can't imagine it being an issue.

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Re: languages other than english?
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2010, 08:42:53 PM »
It shouldn't be an issue. There are simple page translators like: Google Translator,to make it easy to check on the content.

Offline Haibane

Re: languages other than english?
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2010, 09:04:36 PM »
An Admin person needs to supply the correct answer but my feeling is that stories and games here should be in English as the guidelines say it's an English writing site.

It might be a one in a thousand chance that a translation is asked for but it would seem that its up to the poster to supply a translation if asked, since online translators often give you complete rubbish that totally garbles all the subtleties of the meaning and a rough approximation isn't the point where its a literary piece.

I always supply a translation as a footnote under the post for the Japanese I use in a few games.

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Re: languages other than english?
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2010, 11:43:55 PM »
It's largely not an issue unless people make an issue of it.

Offline jeff25sweetTopic starter

Re: languages other than english?
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2010, 01:33:31 AM »
Thank you all for your answers. I was actually looking to play something in Hindi, I was wondering if there are other members here who understand Hindi. Given that there are so many members, I am sure there are many who know Hindi. Any suggestions how to find members who speak a particular language? Shall I just state this wish along with the RP idea when I post it in one-on-one section? Thanks again everyone. And the trouble with translation is that one can never quite get the feel of the 'original' in a translated version however good the translation is, that is the point why I get a craving to play in Hindi from time to time.

Another suggestion I need is the following? I watched some interesting videos that are in Japanese and Russian. The clips are at most 5-10 mins and I want to use them to build a RP story around them. For that I need to know what they are saying in those videos. I am sure there must be someone who speaks Japanese or Russian here, how do I find those members and request them to help me with the video translations. Also is it ok within E rules to post video links in the 'RP ideas' sections?

Thanks a ton again dears!

Offline jeff25sweetTopic starter

Re: languages other than english?
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2010, 07:49:03 AM »
Another general suggestion: If the views of a particular post are increasing, but the replies are not, then the post should be automatically removed as it is most likely not an interesting one but is wasting others' time by attracting them to read it.... no pun intended :).

cheers, jeff.

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Re: languages other than english?
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2010, 08:28:04 AM »
We have a non-deletion policy; posts are not removed except for violation of rules. Even indulging in deleting your own posts can land you into trouble.

All posts on E, apart from rules and stickies, are optional to read. If you choose to read something and end up finding it uninteresting and a waste of your time, well, your time is your own, as is your choice, and we can do nothing about either.
« Last Edit: October 22, 2010, 08:31:09 AM by Lilias »

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Re: languages other than english?
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2010, 09:45:24 AM »
Not to mention, some people like to keep their request thread 'neat', and ask that people only respond by PM.  A thread like that could garner a thousand views easily on a site the size of Elliquiy, plenty of responses via PM, but still show up as a thread with 'no replies', or limited replies as the original poster adds story ideas.