I'm sorry to say this because I really think this is an interesting discussion that needs to be had and in fact needs more participants in principle, but...
...now, I'm starting to worry that the admins as a whole will end up ignoring everything we have to say in the end, much like they did with the Pacific forum. I predict that even if the rest of us all come to a consensus, they are going to merge everything exactly like Aurinĭa proposed just because she's an admin and the rest of us are not. (Of course, this won't be their (publicly) stated reasoning, but it will probably determine the outcome nevertheless). I'm not even sure the Ukrainian forum will survive, even though I agree that it should survive. Sorry, Irusia.
Nevertheless, I did start responding to some of the earlier comments in this thread, so here's what I wrote:
Karavinka wrote:But we still want to have some sort of thematic coherence of a forum, right? To me this sounds like lumping Basque and Vietnamese. One solution is not to have a special sign forum, but discuss it within the forum of the spoken-written language that it is associated with. Say, ASL thread can go into English, and a general discussion about sign languages as a whole can still be done in the General Language Forum for the foreseeable future. It may not be the ideal solution, but IMO less awkward.
The problem I see with this is that those of us on this forum who are interested in one sign language on this forum appear to be interested in several or even all of them. Dividing the sign languages up among the spoken-language forums would make it harder for us to find these languages and might not make much thematic sense.
The languages that will not be geographically South Asian at all would be Romani and the diaspora languages like Fijian Hindi, and I personally think we can still just keep them with South Asian.
Minor stuff:I would actually include Fiji Hindi, Sarnami Hindi, etc. under Hindi/Urdu. If you know Hindi/Urdu (and maybe English), you can definitely understand Fiji Hindi (and I think the others, too). This isn't really the case with Domari or Romani.
księżycowy wrote:Whereas I definitely agree with getting in touch with Meera is a good idea, I still don't see a major issue with this. Are the Pashto threads doing anything much for your subforum? You have plenty without them, don't you?
I don't think anyone has been seriously interested in learning Pashto in several years, but I do keep the Pashto songs thread alive whenever I post in the South Asian forum. Regardless, though, Meera is a native speaker of Pashto and doesn't really speak any other South Asian languages besides Hindi (which, of course, has its own forum. Of course she's very enthusiastic about South Asian languages in general and speaks some Bengali and at least a little Nepali, Punjabi, and Tamil, but that's about it FWIR). This makes me fear for her chances of becoming a mod for the South Asian languages forum again if she wants to, especially given the talk in this thread about whether subforums have native speakers as moderators or not. I'd rather not take that chance away from her in case she does want it back someday (I may be wrong, but I think she has modded that forum longer than I have).
Linguaphile wrote: Irusia wrote: Aurinĭa wrote:
[*] Uralic (Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian +)[/list]
Well, I don't think it's a good idea. All of these forum have enough active users, so they deserve separate forums. I suspect the users of other forums, such as Swedish, Norwegian, Polish, Lithuanian etc. would not be happy about merging their forums either.
I'm with Irusia. I like the idea of a Uralic forum derived from the very quiet Saami forum, which only recently had a few posts. But the Estonian forum is quite active at times and so is the Finnish forum.
I've never posted in any of these forums, but I'm inclined to agree as well. I don't think we should merge forums when the only people who actually participate in them are opposed to them being merged.