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Re: Created languages list

From:David G. Durand <david@...>
Date:Monday, November 22, 1999, 16:22
At 4:56 PM -0500 11/10/99, Jeffrey Henning wrote:
>Barry Garcia <Barry_Garcia@...> baccomunu: > >> Perhaps someone should tell him about this list.;) > >Assuming for the moment he knows about this list, he might have created a >new one if he feels the volume here is too high. As Yogi Bera said, "It's >so crowded no one goes there anymore." > >I know I really appreciate it when people use the prefixes suggested by the >list owner:
>> my prose deleted >PHON - phonology & pronunciation -- some people, myself included, aren't >interested in phonology and don't want to follow these threads >PROG - programming & technical -- while I love things like XML thread, a lot >of nonprogrammers or nontechnical people probably don't care and would >prefer to skip such things. >LEX - how your language lexifies concepts -- now here's a type of thread I >love to follow and a marker like this would keep me from missing them.
I like these and will try to find time to add them.
>I'm not sure why the list owner has to set them up. I would think people >could just type them into their subject line, but perhaps listserv has some >value-added features regarding this prefixes that I am not aware of. I'm >sure you can think of other threads you might like marked with prefixes.
this is correct, indeed people use all kinds of "nonce" prefixes. The ones that get added officially can be used for automated filtering by the listserv. I don't know who (if anyone) uses that feature, but it's at least something worth making available. given recent traffic, it may be time to retire the NGL: prefix.
>The advantage of these prefixes are that you can configure your e-mail >program to delete the messages with prefixes you don't care for. And the >advantage of keeping these all as one list is that a discussion might segue >into different threads, evolving from CHAT into USAGE, or from PHON into >THEORY, etc.
I suspect that nowadays it's easier for most to configure their mailer as a filter than to use the listserv to do it, but one never knows. -- David _________________________________________ David Durand \ \ Director of Development Graduate Student no more! \ Dynamic Diagrams --------------------------------------------\ MAPA: mapping for the WWW \__________________________