English people, can we keep it in English please?

English people, can we keep it in English please? | I'LL BET THAT MEME WAS HYSTERICAL TOO BAD IT WAS IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE | image tagged in laughing monkey | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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X All The Y Meme | DOWNVOTE ALL THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE MEMES! | image tagged in memes,x all the y | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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WAS THAT PASS THE BEER? | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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ENGLISH MOTHERF**KER CAN YOU WRITE IN IT? | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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Use of other languages is considered a TOS violation.
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I'm not saying that they can't make non-English memes for their friends or other sites. I am saying if they post them, they violate TOS and I don't feel guilty about flagging them. They don't have to submit them.
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I normally have been downvoting and flagging for that very reason. Same goes for anything that should have been flagged and tagged NSFW. But I've been too busy lately to scroll through and play Meme Police so to speak.
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NSFW is a fine line. Ive had several flagged that really should not have been, and then, some that weren't that probably should have been. During Cleavage week, my cousin did two that had women "mamming". Like planking, but when a woman places her breasts on an inanimate object. He ran it by me first, and I didn't see anything wrong with them. Not only were the women fully clothes, but there was no cleavage to be seen. Still, after they were posted, they were flagged NSFW. and not for use of banned words. I'd like to see that list of words that automatically trigger the NSFW tag
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No sooner did I finish writing that last statement, then I saw and flagged a image of a young lady performing oral. No fine line there, It was blatant. I don't get the flags for language either, Sh!t makes it through but B!tC# and [email protected]$tard don't.
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Yeah. I had a NSFW on another site last week. Believe me, I'm far from being a prude, but if the TOS says no porn, I'll abide by that. I've even flagged a couple of my own posts here because the camera angle was such I missed an exposed nipple. Funny thing, one was never marked NSFW because the nipple was pretty much shadowed. On Usenet, there was no censorship.
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Use of other languages is considered a TOS violation by whom? English only is not in the terms, it's in the submission guidelines. Personally, I really like featured foreign language memes that are made on custom templates, I think those get reviewed and approved by the moderators.
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I stand corrected. But the question must be asked, "Why is the guideline there?" Example, with the Christian base that appears to be prevalent here, how many people would downvote this meme. According to Google Translate, ?????? ?? ???? is Arabic for Jesus Is Lord. While a majority of users here will agree with the message, they may not agree with how it's presented. Would ?? ?????? ?? ???? be flagged for profanity? ?????????????????????????????????????????No profanity there, although it does break the guidelines by being insulting, depending on how it's used. (famous movie quote)

The guideline is there, and should be followed if presented to the imgflip community. It's there for a reason, bottom line, it costs more for a mod to look up the caption on Google translate than if it were in English. It's also a warning that, should you post a non-English meme, don't get upset if it's flagged and reverted back to submitted status. For the most part, I think these memes are made for use elsewhere, and don't realize they have to be submitted for their audience to see them. Take user JeffTims. Over 5000 creations and not a single comment or submission, yet he made the leaderboard. He makes the memes, posts links to them elsewhere, and doesn't submit them here. At the current rate, he'll be off the leaderboard shortly, as so many active users move up.

There are good reasons why that suggestion is in the guidelines. Don't be surprised when someone gets upset and flags it.
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All good points, I'd like to offer my research into the foreign language submission subject.

The submission guidelines are simply to help users improve their odds of having a submission feature. It says that when you hit the submit button "Following these guidelines will give your image a better chance of getting featured" If a user is submitting a foreign language meme, it might not get featured, but it seems like quite a few do. Some are made on custom templates, which implies those creations were reviewed and approved by a moderator.

The site rules/terms don't currently say English only, but THEY USED to. Imgflip removed that when the Site Rules became the Terms, mid 2013. I don't think that change is a mistake or oversight. I emailed the site and asked about it (no reply, I found the old site rules on my own).

Users can upvote, downvote or flag anything they want, but flagging is supposed to be for TOS violations. I'd bet dollars to donuts it is simply downvotes that make some foreign language memes go back to submitted sometimes. I've bookmark some foreign language memes to track them, I don't think they get deleted by the mods.

Since most everything about imgflip is algorithm driven, I wonder if users who submit bogus flags get muted for crying wolf too many times. Personally, I'm pretty careful about what I flag, that it actually is a TOS violation. I don't think foreign languages creations are part of that.

About 1 percent of my submissions are foreign language memes to varying degrees. Some have featured, some have not. I'm fine with whatever the mods approve and I know they are not popular, I don't submit them because I hope they will make the front page. I have seen another long time user's exclusively foreign language meme (title and captions) on a custom template feature. I admire and upvote that, I translate the meme and reply to it, not downvote and flag it.
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The key phrase in your defense is that you realize that memes in a foreign language are not popular. Not being popular sets a meme up to be downvoted or flagged. While you point out the difference between the submission guidelines, though, why are they even being featured? TOS does state "or otherwise make it less fun for other people." Less fun could be considered having to stop your browsing and go to Google Translate to find out that the meme was worth the time and effort to translate it.considering the crap memes that ARE in English, there are too few people that will take the time. While entertainment is the key component here, so is communication. If the meme is better in a non-English language I can't see it. Maybe a translation in the title field would be accepted. But language does not always translate well if it's a cultural thing. Take myself: I posted this during comic book week: https://i.imgflip.com/1oicuh.gif

The caption is English, the title in English, the reference is in the tags (Ranma 1/2) 79 views, zero upvotes. no comments, not even from a grammar Nazi for using the wrong version of Dad's. The culture barrier because of it being manga/anime didn't come through, although there are a lot of anime fans here. But it didn't get downvoted back to submission or flagged because it paid attention to the audience. The audience is English speaking, While the GIF is Japanese. The downvote is for folks that boo: but it falls well within the boundaries of making this a fun place.
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Jiem deur flaamt, glure flenzt ed treunde? Kieht-eu!! Memer!?!
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Actually, one of the rules is to submit all memes in English. Just one way we can tell the MODs are useless here.
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The use of any language other than English is frowned upon and a violation of the Terms of Service of this website, with regard to the submission of memes for consideration for feature. But some how they get past the mods.
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