księżycowy wrote:You're not the only one on this one.
I tried the waters with this thread before: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=52875
What a pity I didn't see it. :\
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IpseDixit wrote:1) Even though I myself have asked to add a dialect at least once in the past, I'm now quite convinced that we'd be better off without them. I mean, they're a waste of space and make it more difficult to navigate the language list, and above all - in many cases - they're not based on actual linguistic criteria but rather on countries, so - quite ironically - at the end of the day you don't even know what dialect a person really speaks.
3) I also need to get this off my chest: I see people ask to add obscure languages that they themself are not going to study (or at least I'm under this impression, I mean I've seen people ask to add new languages and then they didn't even bother to add them to their profile). Is this really necessary, could you just ask to add languages that you are quite sure you're going to study?
Karavinka wrote:After all, the profile is to help us see what you speak and what you are interested in. On the linked posts, I requested Ancient South Arabian basically for myself, because I doubt anyone else is currently using that code. I can't speak for all of us, but I think we're generally fine with adding one more thing to our master list if someone is actually going to use it. But adding all Swedish dialects with rough geographic divisions is, IMO, an overkill.
I don't know what Aurinĭa really intended when she quoted my posts, but I think she meant to bring up what I argued for the removal of the Japanese dialects because I don't think using Swedish provincial symbols to represent the dialects of that province would be politically questionable (unlike Vietnamese, Chinese or Korean flags).
vijayjohn wrote:The language list is used both for listing (in your user profile) the languages you know and at what level you know them, and for generating flags that are used in the monthly Forum Song Contests and in probably most bi- or multilingual contexts on this forum. I'm not saying those are the only uses or anything, but those are the ones that come to mind for me.
księżycowy wrote:I just noticed that the Edo language has it's native name and English name switched around on the language list page (not sure about the drop down list).
Karavinka wrote:Minnan for Taiwanese makes some sense as Taiwanese is not the only variant of Minnan.
Whereas we don't have the same problem with Cantonese. Cantonese is fine IMO.
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