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Re: Reviving Wikipedia:Conlangs

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Saturday, January 26, 2008, 17:53
On Jan 25, 2008 9:57 PM, Sai Emrys <sai@...> wrote:

> It seems to me that, essentially, the problem on wikipedia for > conlang articles now is notability - though it is officially only a
> As far as I can tell there are only really three options (which are > not entirely exclusive): > > 1. Remove notability as a guideline, either generally or specifically, > in favor of type > criteria. Would be difficult, given the current trend towards > deletionism.
Not really much of an option.
> 3. Make conlangs both notable and verifiable, by publishing academic, > peer-reviewed articles in a conlang-centric journal. *
I'd like to see this done (and help with doing it to the extent time allows), and I've proposed it before. There's another option, given this:
>>The website or content has won a well-known and independent award
from either a publication or organization. from If the LCS establishes a set of annual conlang awards (probably voted on in the early part of the year and awarded/announced at the LCC, like the Hugo Awards at Worldcon) then the winners of the award would have a strong notability argument. I don't think the conlang awards should be focused on works published in the last calendar year like the Hugos, however. Most conlangs that were first made public in the last year aren't complete enough to be award-worthy yet; it usually takes several years for a conlang to develop enough to be worthy of admiration and imitation, and these days most conlangers publish their work incrementally rather than waiting until the conlang is "complete" to publish anything. I would tentatively propose that any conlang be eligible for the award(s), no matter when it was first published or when the last updates to it were published, unless it has already won an award. Or maybe there could be separate categories for conlangs still under active development and older conlangs that haven't been changed recently? (The latter including conlangs by dead people, maybe.) -- Jim Henry