Should all questions here be asked in English apart from the Korean being 'asked about'? What about answers and comments?
I think that Korean and English should coexist happily.
By doing so we do not restrict our target to users with a working knowledge of English and thus, we can welcome native Koreans as well. We cannot assume that every Korean speaker is fluent in English but the help of native speakers is something we cannot afford to disregard, so we should also welcome their participation.
In fact, I would suggest the site to be bilingual, like french.se for example. I mean that you can write your question/answer/comment both in English or Korean, preferably the language you are the most at ease with, then a knowledgeable somebody could add an English or Korean translation.
In the case of an incomprehensible question in Korean or in English, it is possible to request from the questioner/answerer to add a translation of his/her post in the other language.
I also think that allowing questions in both languages creates a good environment for learning too, so it allows to see real Korean instead of seeing fragments.
No the questions and answers can be in Korean as well. learning to express one's question in Korean is also a part of learning the language, as well being able to write and understand an answer written in Korean. This site is not only for the most basic learners, and we would like to attract more advanced users of the language to the site in the future as well. Learning to read/write questions/answers in Korean will also be a part of this.
Unless the question or answer is completely incomprehensible (due to grammar or whatever, in which case somebody can edit in the translation or correction) questions and answers in Korean should be allowed.
I think yes - and I think this should extend to question bodies, question titles, comments, and (unless impractical due to context) to answers as well. I say this for two reasons:
We are a language-learning community of people learning Korean, and we should try to avoid alienating beginners or casual learners with answers or questions that are written entirely in korean.
Most of us aren't advanced or native users of Korean, and it's likely that we might use Korean incorrectly and thus make a question or answer less useful.
- This is something that we see a lot on the Korean subreddit - people asking questions, but nobody can understand the question because it's in bad Korean - and would probably be good to avoid.
I think the question should not be entirely in korean
it should be preferred to put both languages when possible for the body and response. (ie. if korean only is written, add an english translation)
Even if the asker/answerer understand fully it's not useful if the question is not readable by the next person who comes by, and could lead to duplicate questions (since they might not know its a duplicate if they dont understand the body&response)
Even at the grade-school level, studying any language has long been known to be best conducted in a full-immersion environment (i.e. in the target language only). Obviously, not everyone should be required to post in Korean, but we encourage our language sites to use the target language wherever they are able.
So, yes — Korean should be allowed in questions, answers, comments, meta posts, etc. If someone is struggling with expressing themselves in Korean, users are encourage to help correct the errors (another way that helps in learning). You can even add an English translation to the bottom of the post, if you wish; that may even help help expand participation.
Incidentally, we once considered (on the Stack Exchange Team) urging our language sites to become full immersion only, but since converting the UI to another target language was much more difficult than anticipated, we never raised the recommendation to that level.
I think no, Korean should totally be allowed. Besides the reasons already outlined by others, a lot of Korean learners do not know English (or at least know Korean better than English). These learners should be able to ask their questions and be part of the community without be alienated.
In Korean classes that I have taken (even low level ones), Korean was the lingua franca because we had students from so many different countries. We all spoke in broken Korean to each other, but we got our points across because it was the only way we could.
Bottom line is that I think people should ask questions in the language they can express themselves in the best.