Posted by Lewis on December 09, 2004
In Reply to: Miri, I didn't mean you posted by R. Berg on December 08, 2004
: To Miri Barak: If you've followed discussions here for the past few days, you know that I complained about the excess of posts from people who are apparently studying English and ask elementary questions.
: I want to assure you that I didn't mean your posts. Your questions are more interesting than the ones I was thinking of, you don't post twelve of them in a day, and you express appreciation for the help received here.
: Because the rules for this forum have changed, however, I can't say "Go ahead and ask." I don't want to post my e-mail address here. Instead, if you join the ezboard network of forums (it's free) and then click below, you'll find a page that includes something like a mailbox where you can send me a message. We can then work out a way to continue getting you some help in interpreting difficult passages of English.
Problem seems to be that there is proportionately more off-topic than there used to be. I don't mind - I enjoy on-line communities and don't mind helping people inderstand things - it is ingrained as a lawyer (don't laugh at the back!) - this site is based aroud discussing the origins of words/phrases and if Gary thinks it has become too unfocused, well that is his prerogative - but let us not seem less considerate and hostile towards people who have English as a second or subsequent language. We may form part of the community of the prime language group, but let us be inclusive so far as possible. My ancestors probably had l'tin as a second lanuage, after all.