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How should one handle a foreign user with a desire to be constructive, but a severe inability to communicate?

I moderate a gameserver that revolves around a community-built virtual world, in the style of games such as Minecraft (but a FOSS clone). We have a fairly basic common-sense ruleset regarding ...
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How to deal with abuse complaints when you don't understand the language?

I am a moderator in an online game. Recently I received an abuse complaint in very broken English. A user said that another user would threaten and insult them, which is against our terms of service. ...
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Effects of supporting multiple languages on community engagement?

My Q&A community operates in English. Posts sometimes quote sources in another language, which we allow so long as the essential information is summarized in (or translated to) English. We have ...
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How can monolingual members of a bilingual online community be made to feel more welcome?

A virtual role-playing "nation" has emerged in a larger, expansive online realm. This nation is de facto bilingual in two natural languages. About half of the members (including myself) speak both ...
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How to increase the number of interactions in language exchange sites?

I believe that this question is on topic, given the discussion on this meta question. Scenario: Unlike practicing in reading, listening and writing doesn't need to have another person to practice ...
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