And Rosta wrote (about the early history of Conlang): > The list was both initiated and set-up by John Ross, then a PhD > student in (astro)physics somewhere in the USA. It then passed to > Lars Mathieson, and then to David Durand (bless all three). > > John posted to sci.lang and to Tolklang asking if anyone was > interested in invented languages. A small group of us (four or > five, including me & Rick Harrison) emailed each other privately and > then decided to set up Conlang. Of people who subscribed to that > from the outset, I think only me, John Cowan & Lojbab remain > subscribed. (In fact, it's one of the reasons I stay subscribed even > when the traffic overwhelms my available time.) Do you happen to recall the year when the Conlang list was founded? I joined the list in late 1993 or early 1994, during Lars Mathieson's tenure. I consider myself something of an old-timer, and I'm curious as to whether that impression is justified. :-) Back in '93/'94, if I remember, the list was already shifting away from Auxlang dominance and towards Artlang dominance. There were still frequent and lively discussions on topics of Auxlang/Loglang interest (such as bracketing paradoxes and parsable morphology), but the Esperanto Flame Wars were over and the Auxlang list had already been created as a place of refuge/exile... Matt.