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Marieke's comment about Unilang not being a friendly place rang a bell.
What should we do with UniLang? I'm not at ease with the site being semi-abandoned and all but well maintained. It's not the profane fact that keeping it running costs more than €400 a year, but also that for the same amount of money one could get a decent server (if only someone would feel responsible for migrating it).
Your thoughts?Alex Rozin:
I think people have simply "moved on" from Unilang to take advantage of the other social networking and online resources. The Unilang "community" (the personal contacts between the members) is still quite active, I think, but in new forms. Maybe the site could be integrated with other social media somehow?
Forums are something of a relic from the 90s. I don't think Unilang is unique in losing its members, and in my opinion, the site has always been well managed, so that isn't really the issue. The problem is this: no Unilangers = no Unilang. We have to keep up with ways to keep the community together, perhaps by collaborating on unique projects by drawing on our collective talent and knowledge. Rolf-Peter Schmidt
: We now have an over abundance of "random threads" where people increase their post count without actually saying anything. But I guess closing General Topics won't work; every community forum has its off-topic section.
What about contests for creating resources? The kids love it when they think they're competing on a game.
I'm thinking about better resources to teach languages and basic linguistics.
The UL wiki was heavily used when the Wikipedia hype was still young. Now when I'm interested on, say the phonetics of a language, I check Wikipedia. But many of the articles there are written by half-experts in a style not comprehensible for laypersons.
So what about making UL a languages and linguistics (linguistic knowledge makes language learning easier IMHO) wiki written in simple English + a nice forum?
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