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Discussion on: Stop use geoip for language detection

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you are right for sites like netflix, where they really have different content in different regions and as you said, it's a lot of work to support multiple languages in the same region but companies like netflix are big enough to have region specific content shown in the regional language and in english (and they also do it - netflix is a positive example, if i visit netflix.com i get redirected to netflix.com/at-en/).

with my posts i target such sites where the content is the same and just the lanuage selection is done via geoip. steam and gog allow me to switch the language after i logged in and make it my default language, so they have the region specific content in the regional- and english-language. other sites have no region specific content they just support different languages and do the selection with geoip facepalm.

so yes you are right, sometimes it makes sense but as often as i have seen language detection by geoip with the same content made me write this post to make developers aware that there are such things as browser locales to detect the language the user want to see and sites like steam should not be sloppy/inconsistent, to show me german trailer or a trailer with german subtitles if my selected language is english (the correct content is there, the english trailer exists but it's not shown to me and i even have no option to select the right content).