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META: Topicality

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 17:45

Tristan McLeay writes:
> Jörg Rhiemeier wrote: > ... >>>> but I find it at least much more interesting than English >>>> pronunciation threads or threads about alternative keyboard >>>> layouts. This is CONLANG, after all - a place to discuss >>>> constructed languages. >>> Again, I agree. >> >> Many people here seem to have completely forgotten that this >> list is about conlangs! They discuss English pronunciation >> and similar things without end, but *never* discuss conlangs. >> People, this is still CONLANG, and not SPELLING-BEE or whatever!
As long as I can remember, talking about anything found interesting by at least one member has been the nature of Conlang. And fruitful linguistic discussions often arise at the end of off-topic threads. 'Please change the subject to something meaningful so I can find the interesting stuff in the heap of off-topic stuff' complaints are typical, are they not? :-)
> The last time (IIRC) an authoritative statement was made on the topic > the conclusion was that anything to do with linguistics is on-topic.
It is on-topic.
> This is because if you ban such things, ...
We definitely do not want to ban. (OK, flamewars are more worse than free speech is good :-), that's why certain topics are indeed banned.) Of course, not every topic is interesting to anyone. Quite natural. Anyone bored: just read the next post. :-) **Henrik