Multilingual on the Homey Community

Why not discuss in different languages on forums?

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There are several reasons why people don’t discuss in different languages on forums:

1. Comprehension: The primary function of a forum is to communicate and exchange ideas. By discussing in different languages, it becomes impossible for a large part of the users to follow and understand the discussion. This can lead to frustration, misunderstandings, and exclusion.

2. Language barriers: Even if users speak a second language, they may not be fluent enough to discuss in that language. This can lead to grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, and unclear formulations, which can hinder the discussion.

3. Translation errors: Automatic translation can be useful, but it is not always accurate. Translation errors can change the meaning of a message and lead to misunderstandings.

4. Moderation: Forums are often moderated by volunteers who do not speak all languages. If discussions are held in different languages, it can be more difficult for moderators to monitor the discussion and remove inappropriate content.

5. Searching and archiving: It is easier to search and archive discussions if they are conducted in one language. This makes it easier for users to find and reuse information.

6. Group identity: Forums often create a sense of group identity and belonging. By discussing in one language, this feeling is strengthened.

7. Cultural differences: Language is closely linked to culture. By discussing in different languages, cultural differences can lead to misunderstandings and conflicts.


There are various reasons why people don’t discuss in different languages on forums. The advantages of using one language, such as comprehensibility, efficiency, and group identity, often outweigh the advantages of multilingual discussions.


  • Separate (sub-)forums are created for different languages.
  • Users can use translation tools to translate their messages into other languages. (But please reply only in the Topic Language )

It is important to remember that diversity and inclusion are important in forums. It is important to create an environment where all users feel welcome and can participate in the discussion.

No problem if your English (or Dutch, German, French, etc… ) isn’t perfect or if you needed to use a translator, your contribution is appreciated!

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