I wasn’t even aware that they existed because Discourse is just showing up recent posts by default (a feature that I really like)! I suppose that it is up to the willing members of this community to start discussions in other languages if they need/want to. There is no need to do anything then… (Maybe a french section?)
I don’t think that it would be the case. If you need to forward an important announcement to the community, you would use the per-default language: english. That would be the only way to be understood by everyone and to gain visibility. That is already the case with everything else on the internet.
However, using your native language can be a really nice way to unfreeze a local scene of people that can’t find each other because they don’t know that they live nearby or that they could organize events together. I was quite surprised the first time I met an SC user living in the same time as me! I also had good experiences in other communities, finding out that people were living very close and that we could get out and meet IRL!
I slightly agree but I also think that it, in some way, a bias. There are many people that will not even think about pulling out an automatic translator to help them interact with distant others or that will have the courage / the will to do so. They will just say “meh” and move on. To be ready to interact with other people in a foreign language (1) about technical subjects (2) with everyone being able to see what you just posted (3) is a lot to ask for some people, for various different reasons. Finding a tiny hidden place where you can just post in your native language can help people to make the first step and to slowly understand that they can also speak with everyone without being too shy.
I mean, it’s hard to express an opinion in an unfamiliar language, and it’s even harder to debug something / talk about a fairly advanced topic with people when there are multiple obstacles holding you back.