Re: A plea
|From:||Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, September 13, 2000, 16:07|
I second the opinion that this list's being so liberal contributes a lot
to its friendly atmosphere, and is one of the things that make it so nice
a place. So I wouldn't support any prohibitive solutions. BUT...
Periodically I have busy times (like now) when I simply can't read all
messages. Especially when summer is just over and everybody comes back
with loads of new stuff and ideas.
Then I go to the list's site (http://listserv.brown.edu/archives/ etc.)
and I try to use subject threads to pick up what I'm especially
interested in. But too often this doesn't help, especially with longer
threads: the actual topic can float incredibly far from what one sees in
the *subject* line.
I think I'm not the only one who suffers.
So, PLEASE, don't forget to correct the *subject* line whenever you feel
your message is drifting from the declared topic! If you wish to preserve
the connection between threads, it's so easy to add a "WAS:"!
Also, I'd propose a Hierarchy of Topicality, of three levels:
2) Natlangs and general linguistics
3) The rest
(indeed, subject to amending by everybody)
PLEASE, be especially careful about changing the *subject* line when
you feel you are jumping from one level to another. In *any* direction!
I believe this would make CONLANG a still better place!