Saturday, July 15, 2006

comments policy

Comments and discussion are very welcome here, but please do not use the comments of one post to request coverage of language issues that are unrelated to that post. Instead, please use the 'e-mail Lynneguist' feature to request a new topic. (Regardless of whether your query begets a post, I will reply to it in as swift a manner as possible.) It's not [necessarily!] that I want the glory for posting about your new topic. It's that the comments are not searched when one does a 'search this blog' search, thus no one can ever find those interesting comments again--and I aim for searchability here, since this blog should be able to be used as a reference work on BrE/AmE differences.

I will remove comments that are unduly abusive to other individuals. Feel free to disagree, but please do so in a polite way.

I also remove spam comments as soon as I detect them.

8 comments:

Jo said...

Just discovered your blog - this is fascinating and reflects conversations that I have been having for at least twenty years!

AndyCW said...

After thirty years, I still have to battle with clients who request I translate from Spanish into US and not UK English. (I'm British)
At least they all agree there's an easy solution, to wit:

"Just set the spellchecker to US English!"

I'd send them a link to this blog, except they wouldn't understand a word.

Gina said...

I just discovered your wonderful blog! I'm from New Jersey but have been living in England for the past 11 years. The language differences can be frustrating but I'm fascinated by them as well. I never knew about the different shoe names, so you've taught me something already!

catmarie said...

I've worked in the US for 14 years and besides the "zed" "zee" difference, I've noticed that words are not pronounced clearly here. Eg. the "t" after a consonant, eg. Clinton,is pronounced Clinin.
And some say "schm" for words beginning with sh, sm, eg. smirnoff.
I'm from Toronto,Canada and when I began nursing adolescents in inner city Oakland, California,I noticed after a while some would greet me in what they thought was an English accent. They said they were imitating me. How funny. I certainly don't have an English accent.
Thank you for your blog. It's very interesting.
Thank you for you blog. It is very informative.

Anonymous said...



The archive of comments posted on this site may not be a readily searchable resource, but neither is a stack of E-mails sent to you privately. In fact that isn't a resource at all, except to you.

Have you considered having a post specifically for people to suggest new topics? You might find this would save you work, because you wouldn't have to reply to everybody individually, and if you have already covered the topic being suggested, it's quite likely that one of your regulars will point this out, saving you the trouble.

lynneguist said...

Thanks for your feedback. I'm not doing something like that because this isn't a discussion forum, it's a blog with comments. That means it's a place where an individual (me) is trying to create a resource based on my particular set of experience and skills. I love that people comment and I feel that for some people (including me), it's created a sense of community in the comments section. But this is a blog, it's not a discussion forum moderated by me. I started it because I wanted to write about BrE & AmE, and that's what I'm doing.

What you're describing sounds more like a discussion board, and such things, with great discussions of these topics exist in lots of other places on the web, e.g. Metafilter, Stack Exchange, Yahoo Answers, various expatriate and linguistic discussion groups, etc.

Lots of people do not follow the comments policy I've described here. They bring up all sorts of things in the comments. People who are a bit more sophisticated in using search engines *can* search for those (it's just the search box on the blog that won't turn them up). So, the way this policy has evolved is that I let the discussions of new topics go on without me in the comments section. (Except sometimes to point out that there is a post on that topic, and that the comments would be more helpful at that post.) In some cases, I will later do a blog post on that topic. In others, I'll let it slide because it's not made it onto my email inbox radar.

This means it's in practice my policy for how I'm going to react to new topics in the comments. I need such policies to keep me sane, focused on my (real) job and attending to my other parts of my non-internet life.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't really suggesting a discussion board, merely a place where your readership could put forward topics for you to consider writing about.

But I see what you mean. People would be unable to restrain themselves from debating the topics that others had raised, and the thing would rapidly degenerate into a huge and hopelessly chaotic discussion board. It is clear to me now that the current arrangement is far more sensible. Sorry to have wasted your time.

The following is off-topic, and therefore an infringement of your comments policy... but I'd just like to say that although I have no special reason to be interested in US/UK language differences, when I came across this blog a few months ago I found it thoroughly engaging. It is so well-written and thoughtful and interesting that it has now become one of my three favourite places on the entire web. Great job, Lynne. Thank you.

lynneguist said...

Aw, thanks! (she says, against her policy of not-commenting on off-topic posts).

:)