Is it appropriate to translate monolingual answers to "hot" questions in order to improve their usefulness to the wider internet?

If so should it be

  1. As an edit to the existing answer?
  2. As an additional answer?

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The community will probably decide by itself which question/answers should be translated.

As for how to do it: translated answers should have the same relevance as original answers, so vote counts must be the same. I'm pretty sure that translation in an additional answer is out of the question.

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    You absolutely want to keep the 'two' answers together, so the only way to do it is by editing. I also think that if you're going to translate the answer, it's entirely logical to also translate the question.
    – Benjol
    Commented Aug 18, 2011 at 5:52

I tend to think it appropriate and even very useful, and not only on "hot" questions. And since it would be an improvement of the question, edit seems the most obvious way.


As an exemple, consider this question I asked as if I was an English speaker.

Note that the (in my opinion) best answer is in French only. I didn't accept it (yet) however because I feel that if I really was a native English speaker, I might not be able to understand it fully.

If we encounter this kind of situation, would it not be logical to make sure the best answer is also in English? I think the "edit" route is the best here rather than separate answers; but whatever way we go, it will be a lot of work (I've already given up translating my own responses most of the time).


So far, I've been writing my posts on Meta in both languages. It takes a lot of work.

I foresee that bilingual posts will be rare exceptions.

Pour l'instant, j'écris mes messages sur Méta dans les deux langues. C'est beaucoup de travail.

Je pense que les messages bilingues resteront exceptionnels.

  • Yes, and that's just your posts, if you factor in translating other people's posts AND correcting their bad French... you've got a lot of work on your hands!
    – Benjol
    Commented Aug 18, 2011 at 5:53
  • @Gilles Not all questions / answers need to be translated. Not all people asking need to translate everything. You think it's a lot of work? Then don't do it.
    – Jez
    Commented Aug 19, 2011 at 11:21

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