How about Brazilian "caldo de sururu", which is missing on en.wiki (and
on pt.wiki)? It's surely a lack for pt.wiki, but maybe not for en.wiki,
Perhaps this is the fundamental difference in our views; because I consider
that a lack on *any language Wikipedia* whether pt, en, de, fr etc....
On wikipedias, people doesn't look for other
discussions (AfD) on the
same article in another language before deleting an article for lack of
notability. So you can expect that some valid unit of knowledge in one
language is not surely (or automatic) valid in another.
This is not so much a problem to be looked at from the perspective of "oh
their just not interested in X cultural articles", but from the perspective
of how to convince editors to accept a less Y-centric viewpoint and include
articles of relevance to X culture. This idea needs directing at en.wiki
certainly, and probably at other language Wiki's too (because they also tend
to have centric-attitudes needing to be overcome).
And English is not that 'global lingua
It is, though, the predominantly spoken language of *Wikimedia*, at the
moment (and that is not likely to change soon). So as a transfer language it
is often our best bet.
The point I was trying to make is that to get the material translated into *as
many languages* as possible it needs a path of least resistance - whereby
you have the maximum amount of translators available to process material. If
English is no good as a "common" language from which to work on that then,
fine, lets consider other options!
There is no ideal solution yet available where we can all use our own
languages and still interact effectively - grumping about translation
efforts in light of that doesn't seem very constructive...