Re: [langue-fr] L'anglais est-il une langue universelle ?

From: Tex Texin (
Date: Thu Dec 21 2000 - 00:31:15 EST

Is the suggestion of multilingual forums
really that different than having off-topic
threads in a forum? The threads/languages just become self-selecting

My only concern would be that subjects would be in a different
language from the body and it would be hard to know which
messages to read.

(Anyone noticing the irony in the 2 comments above? ;-) )

Actually, I didn't find the suggestion of multiple internets all that
bad, although there would need to be some cross-over capabilities.
There are already other proposals for splinter groups, for higher
bandwidth or greater security. As more of my web searches return
irrelevant pages, splintering starts to look good. Put all the porn
on its own net... What's wrong with an all French net? When I
watch TV, the station doesn't suddenly change languages... (Well most
of them don't...)
Of course it should all be in Unicode. I am not advocating an all
ISO 8859-15 net...

tex wrote:
> So, one paw, most people are incapable of learning another language, but
> on the other, forums should be in many languages, so people have to know
> a dozen languages to understand them. Hmm.
> The use of a forum is limited to its participants' ability to understand
> the messages on that forum, including the language. A forum that mixes
> English, Russian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Greek and Chinese in equal proporation
> will be of little use to many people; the signal to noise ratio will be
> over 1/6 or 2/5 for most people. So 7 different forums will appear with
> s/n rations approaching 1, and anyone wanting to communicate in multiple
> languages can subscribe to multiple forums.
> --
> David Starner - ( off vacation)

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