non-English plot summaries

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I randomly came across a plot summary written in Italian and, by following the plot-author link, discovered that the same contributor has written more than 80 plot summaries in Italian. (There are probably also many other examples in the database in other languages as well, but I'm not hunting for them).

I suspect that these were submitted back in the days when imdb.it existed (along with imdb.de, imdb.fr and several other localized versions of the site). Although I didn't pay much attention to these translated versions of IMDb at the time, I think I recall that they actively encouraged users to submit plot summaries and reviews in their own language. But the localized versions of IMDb were abandoned years ago and current policy is for all plot summaries to be in English only.

Which leaves me with a dilemma. This contributor has obviously put a lot of time and effort into their plot summaries and has done nothing wrong, following the guidelines as they were at the time. It would sadden me to have to delete all their work simply because policy has changed (in fact I was tempted to simply ignore it and say nothing). But current policy is what it is. I would also note that from a quick check through these plot summaries it seems that most of the titles also have other plot summaries (or at least an outline) in English, so deleting the Italian one wouldn't leave a title with no summary at all.

So, should these Italian plot summaries be deleted to comply with current policy? Or can an exception be made to allow them to be preserved, based on the history and the fact that they were once encouraged? Or is there another solution that I've overlooked?
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Phil G

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