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Re: Language Creation: The International Language Construction Bulletin (working title)

From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 15, 2002, 18:32
Christophe Grandsire writes:
 > En réponse à Maarten van Beek <dungeonmaster@...>:
 > > Maarten (knowing that he is on the verge of pissing his friend Chrisophe
 > > off
 > > majorly ;-) )
 > >
 > Hehe, it's not by you that I am pissed off, but by that spoon-feed attitude:
 > everything has to come to you when one wants it, the way one wants it and
 > without one doing anything for it, or one won't even bother take a look at it.
 > Well, I resent this attitude, and I know one thing and that's that condoning it
 > is not a solution. So I won't do anything that may help people to stay with
 > this practice.

I don't disagree with you that it's a bad attitude.  But in my opinion
placing artificial and unnecessary difficulties in people's lives
isn't going to help, no matter how small those difficulties are.

 >                 And I still think that stating once for your all life that you
 > want to receive the journal is not that difficult, and that even if you can't
 > read it at the moment you receive it you'll be able to read it later. As I
 > said, I want to make this journal feel like a real journal, not like a web
 > publication. I hate those, so I'm not gonna start one of them.
I'm not sure that doing this will have that effect.  It's still a pdf
file, and how you get it doesn't change anything about it's feel, as
far as I'm concerned.  The reason "real" journals don't put the
current issue online is to provide an incentive to pay for it, which
doesn't seem to apply here.

Of course, if you want it to really be like a real journal, you could
institute rigorous peer review of all submitted articles ;).

 > Of course, you're allowed to have your own opinion, I even encourage you to
 > have it in those times when people receive death threats or even get shot for
 > having an opinion (and I'm not only talking about Fortuyn). But I've not seen
 > any argument that could prove my opinion to be any worse than any other, and
 > thus don't feel like changing it. And since I'm in charge of the Conlang
 > journal, it will be done in a way that feels right for me. If I am to do
 > something that I find wrong in some way or another, I won't have enough
 > motivation to fulfill it correctly. And you can guess that centralising all the
 > work for the Conlang journal is quite a lot of work, so you can understand why
 > I need to do it in my way.

As I said before, you must do what you think is right, and the
difficulty involved is minimal.  So as you seem set on this highly
eccentric course of action, I here request subscription to the journal.


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>