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2012-06-20 11:32 am (UTC)
This is a bit brainstormy but:
Can we tag posts as they're made, rather than users? So rather than searching for "a user who says they post in Dutch", you search for "a user who has written at least one post tagged as being in Dutch". Sensible provision of defaults should mean that tagging a post as "the same language as my last post" is zero effort, and "the same language as a post I've written recently" should be minimal effort.
on point three - languages should probably be as wide as possible, rather than including large numbers of mutually-intelligible regional variations. I can see why for various reasons people might want that latter info, but I don't think it'll help usability. Possibly allow tagging of variations, but search for them as the more general case.
Please, for the love of all that's holy, avoid conflating languages and countries, *especially* please avoid the use of national flags to indicate languages.
For posts of more than a couple of words, written in a single language, it may well be feasible to automatically identify the language. ISTR there are CPAN modules that do this already.
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