On Mon, Jun 03, 2002 at 06:28:48PM -0400, agricola wrote: [snip] > >> [...] Please keep politics off the list, however worthy the cause. > > >Aren't you overreacting a bit? > > No. Politics are tedious and boring, and don't have a place here. > It's one of the Tabu subjects (along with religion, which can also be tedious and boring in the wrong hands) which are best discussed in a special forum or else amongst interested parties. Seconded. Sexual preference is another. (No, I am NOT going to start that one here.) > Both these topics are Guaranteed to generate flames and ill will. > Sometimes inadvertently, sometimes intentionally (I've been subject to > both). > > I am 100% with Irina here: please keep politics off this list! Seconded. Or, as the Ebisedi would say, ObConlang, ji'ne! [snip] > This is true; to a great extent we are most tollerant of offtopic > threads. Keep in mind that there are topics that people are not so good > at discussing. Politics is one, and it is best to keep such off list. > Remember, you're dealing with an international crowd here, all of whom > have divergent opinions on how the world should be. And that's not even going near internationality yet. Just within the same culture, people can have intensely opposing political views. [snip] > >joke, or a poem, or a thought, there have been threads about music > > Such topics _rarely_ generate the strong emotions that politics and > religion do [everything from disdain to outright hatred and violence]. > Do we _have_ to invite all that here? It's bad enough when the languag > related threads get heated! One word: IAL. ;-) > [Now, if only those misguided Bach lovers would come around and see > sense. Vivaldi! Viva Vivaldi!] Ahhh, all kneel to Beethoven! ;-) >>and literature... Nothing wrong with going off-topic from time to >>time, as long as it doesn't end up in endless chitchat that might >>obscure the serious conlang part. > > Chitchat is another problem; but not as unhappy a situation as the hurt >feelings after a good old political flamewar. On the topic of chitchat... a few hereby unnamed conlang members have resorted to private email with me for chitchat. I highly commend their example here. [snip] > >caused some excellent conlangers to leave the list or to go off-mail > >for an undetermined period of time. > > Which makes political chitchat better in what way? [snip] Just FWIW, people might want to know that I would be the next person to go nomail if conlang gets flooded with political [excuse the word] drivel. Not that I consider myself an "excellent conlanger", but I'm not sure I'm alone in this sentiment. Anyway, having said this much. Can this thread die here, please? I know I'm being presumptuous for putting myself in the place to speak last, but nevertheless, can this thread die here, please? Thanks. T -- There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can count, and those who can't.