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Re: Why we don't discuss auxlangs on CONLANG list

From:Bryan Maloney <bjm10@...>
Date:Thursday, November 5, 1998, 14:25
On Thu, 5 Nov 1998, Rick Morneau wrote:

> auxlangs that we have to keep in mind. Artlangers are not trying to > "sell" their languages, while auxlangers ARE trying. Because of this, > IAL designers have to be willing to listen to objective criticism of > their designs, and some (most? all?) are simply not willing to do this.
In that case, IALers aren't trying to sell, they're trying to perform religious conversions. I deal with a lot of company representatives, and they're always happy to get an earful from me regarding their products. They know that, if they can improve their product, they'll get more sales.
> In the early days of this list, I pointed out what I considered to be > flaws in some auxlangs. The result was long heated arguments that got > nowhere except to cause a lot of bad feelings.
And when I point out the flaws in a product to a salesman, he takes note, and sometimes the product has been changed to suit.
> And then the fighting begins.
That's because so many IALers are simply irrational fanatics, not attempting to produce a perfectable product.