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I think i must be missing something.

When I go to Option Groups /civicrm/admin/options?reset=1

and choose Language

/civicrm/admin/options?gid=75&reset=1

i see no value listed as Default, and no option when I click 'edit' on an option to set it as Default, yet if i look in the DB for values where option_group_id = 75 it shows en_US as default.

I set this to the desired value but where I am being blind in terms of doing this via the UI?

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We can set default language in localization settings - /civicrm/admin/setting/localization?reset=1

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But, if I change that, the default value in the options_value table doesn't change, so not sure if it meets your requirement.

  • i think that is more the language setting for the interface, not the 'preferred language' of the contact. – petednz - fuzion Oct 30 '17 at 7:28
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    and i don't see why i should need to download a 'translation' purely to avoid all the contacts being tagged as 'preferred language = en_US' because I assure you, it is not the preferred language in much of the world. – petednz - fuzion Oct 30 '17 at 7:29

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