I'm open to other languages, but not to forbid english !
I don't like the request to allow ONLY Chinese readers in the group.
Look at the Japanese group, it's not ONLY Japanese, it's allowing others to come and read, and learn and exchange, and ask questions in English, ask for translations, ask for knowledge and language learning, etc.
There could be dedicated Chinese discussions (for non english speakers who want help on hacking or emulation or technology, tutorial, or anything else as the forum is open to any subjects), and others where english is also accepted.
GBAtemp is a shared place in my opinion. English was decided to allow more people to come here and communicate (imagine if GBAtemp was Italian only because its founder, KiVan, is Italian...)
groups dedicated to other languages shouldn't be locked and forbidden to the majority or the forum's identity. This place is about community and sharing, not closed and hidden (or else, just go to another website to hide what you write so nobody from here will read it)
I am pleased to announce that the staff discussion has concluded and we have decided to accept foreign language Groups.
What does this mean?
Groups can be made for foreign language speakers.
Discussions inside Groups will be permitted to be carried out in a language other than English. Unlike the main GBAtemp forums which will remain English only. However, you will not be able to forbid someone from replying in English (nor report them for doing so), but discussion in the native language can be encouraged.
Will Groups for foreign language speakers have to be limited to certain topics?
No, you are welcome to create a Group for any topic you wish!
Do I need to do anything special when creating a non-English language Group? Group Name: The Group name can either be in the Groups intended language or English. Either is fine. You may also wish to put the language in the Group name (or perhaps a flag ) but this isn't required. Group Category: Please ensure you select the 'Non-English Groups' category when creating a Group.
How will GBAtemp (a primarily English speaking site) moderate non-English Groups?
Group Owners will be responsible for ensuring that the existing GBAtemp terms, conditions and rules are observed and followed so it is important that you only create, own and/or moderate a Group in a language that you are fluent in.
If a Group is in violation of any of these terms then it may be removed without prior notice and depending on the severity of the offence, the Group owner may be warned/suspended/banned etc.
Groups will also be closely moderated by existing GBAtemp staff who may speak the language naively or by use of a variety of translation tools.
GBAtemp members will also be able to use the standard Report function to alert staff of any inappropriate posts or content, providing they have access to the Group (if private).
Are there any caveats/limitations to non-English Groups?
Non-English Groups can only be made for well recognised languages - that means no klingon, pig-latin etc.. Groups ignoring this may be removed.
Also, as mentioned above, you cannot forbid people to reply in English for any reason.
I only speak English; can I choose to hide non-English Groups across GBAtemp?
At this time you cannot, however we are reviewing this idea.
Please note that the GBAtemp staff will be reviewing this idea going forward. If for any reason allowing non-English Groups becomes too difficult for staff to maintain, we may reconsider the facility of the feature but will let people know in advance.