For several days now, I saw only a few seven-month-old posts in Forums section of Myheritage.com site, when I was in the Ukrainian language mode. All other posts were missing. First I though there was some temporary setback due to maintenance work, but it was too long. Besides, there was no warning and other parts of the site seemed to function without problem. I realized that has to do something with the language. When I switched the site language to English, I started to see more forums' topics again; however, by checking the forums in other language modes, I have found that each language mode has its own set of posts in a single language.
I think it is not a very good idea to separate forum posts by language. Before, even preffering having my tree in Ukrainian, I regularly read English posts and quite often in other languages (by using online translation tools like Google Translate [http://translate.google.com]). Now, to do that I have keep switching constantly between a couple of languages. But then other languages fell out of the loop,
I beleive that all posts (in all languages) should be available in any language mode of the site. What would actually help is to have an extra action link in Actions column of the Message boards, something like Translate post or Translate selection for those who wants to read a post in language they do not know. As a temporary solution, a list of links to some good online tools would suffice.
I am sorry, byt this experiment does not make any sense to me and will not solve, in my opinion, the problem with the mess.
As I understood, according to a new system, posts written while staying in, say X language mode, will be visible only for those who are in the same, X mode of the site, right? But that does not specify the language of the posts. The posts can be written in English, Chinese or any other language of the UTF-8 set, provided the corresponding language support is enabled for the computer keyboard. But only those, who has their site screen modes switched to X language will be able to see the posts (not necessary to read, unless they use some translation tools).
One might say that after creation the posts will be sorted according to the laguage used. But some post are multilingual (I myself wrote several of those). How to sort out those?
So, I think, the mix of posts written in different languages will continue to reside mostly in English section of the forums. The users using languages other than English will have to switch to English to access the majority of posts or make their own (hoping to access the largest group of users ) and then back to their language to continue working with their tree.That is exactly what I am doing right now.
The proposed system is just simple annoyance. That is what I feel already. Please let the developers know.