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Discussion on: Stop setting the language of your website based on user location

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Hussein Duvigneau

Even worse is when you manually fix the language in the URL, but the site thinks it knows better and just changes it back based on your location.

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Spyros Argalias

OMG, I actually laughed when I read your comment... That's quite bad...

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Hussein Duvigneau • Edited on

It's especially bad here in Switzerland, since the country has 4 official languages, some sites will force either French or German onto you without letting you switch to the other. Newsflash for those devs: Just because Switzerland has 4 languages doesn't mean every citizen can speak all four of them fluently. Especially us English-speaking immigrants who can't speak any of them :P

Of course it isn't just language. Ubisoft forces currency based on your location (Steam doesn't). Ikea even forces you to make a different account per locale - I get why this might be the easiest solution for the devs, but I'm sure with a bit of effort this doesn't need to be the case.