On 26 Dec 1998 23:32:14 Neil McEwan wrote:
>>This must have been an AOL/UK decision, since the Gaelic language is used
>>extensively on AOL in the U.S..... along with almost any other language you
>>can name. There is no AOL prohibition on any language, as long as a
>>translation is provided.
> But isn't this dependent on the availability of AOL staff to check the
> accuracy of the translations?
> Neil >>
>>From: Danielle Ni Dhighe <[log in to unmask]>
>>Subject: Re: FW: AOL Censorship in-Reply-To:
>><[log in to unmask]>
>>At 08:32 PM 12/26/98 -0400, Neil McEwan wrote:
>>But isn't this dependent on the availability of AOL staff to check the
>>accuracy of the translations?
>>Yes, it is. However, if AOL is going to have Irish Forums or other ethnic
>>forums, it shouldn't be hard to find someone conversant in the language to
>>check translations. To my knowledge, AOL is the only online service that
>>has such prohibitions on non-English languages.
To my knowledge, AOL has no such prohibition, nor can I find any reference to
language restrictions in AOL's Terms of Service (The guidelines that every AOL
member agrees to when they establish an account). AOL will normally accept
the translation of the poster and not depend on AOL personnel being available
If I choose to post something, be it Gaelic (wouldn't... my Gaelic isn't that
good), German, Italian or whatever, on the message boards, and as long as *I*
provide a translation, and adhere to the abovementioned Terms of Service, AOL
has nothing against it.
There are chat rooms and message boards scattered all over AOL, in German,
Italian, Russian, Arabic, Polish, Japanese, one I can't even identify, and
many other languages. These are mainly in the AOL International Forum, and
monitored by speakers of the language concerned. I have, however, seen most
of the above languages, AND Gaelic, in the message boards that I usually post
The incident that sparked this discussion may have been an arbitrary decision
by an AOL/UK board monitor (it happens), or a local policy of AOL/UK. It
certainly isn't overall AOL policy.