I'm considering open a Spanish subforum here. We have a lot of native Spanish speakers showing up in the Introduce Yourself subforum. I used to greet each one with a Google Translate translated-post. However, the response rates to my intros were so low, I've found that I'm just ignoring them and using the time elsewhere. I suspect that once they see a kludgy machine-translated response, they're walking away. We're wasting intellectual resources.
I'm not 100% on the details quite yet, but here's how I see it now:
-More homemade tools.
-Different language = different culture = different market = different supplies = different tools. I like seeing the tool building solutions from various countries. It's like homemade tool tourism.
-Other websites have multiple language subforums. This isn't exactly new territory. Portugese or French would likely follow Spanish.
-Every forum page has a language translation dropdown menu at the bottom. These machine translations are not great, but they're workable.
-Possible logistical issues with translating posts.
-We would need to make some sort of allowance to ensure equal representation for award granting.
-Multilingual users whose language skills include Spanish are now posting in English. They may shift to using whatever language is more comfortable.
-Community bifurcation along language lines.