The point for me is, do I want
to be part of that alleged "Community" (or, in LCS terms "ay Conlanger"), or do I just want to stay some person on the internet who's got a geeky, not too common hobby and who doesn't want to get all Organized and Represented by a Lobby – in other words, "a conlanger", a person who does this not for the community spirit, but as their private creative outlet. What is so cool about being "part of the Community", being "an Enthusiast", that everyone should join? Also, I wonder whether it really needs a lobby to promote inventing languages. People will find it a weird and maybe even grotesque thing to do anyway, lobby and promotion or not.
Actually, personally, I find it OK that you aggregate blogs (mine is among them, too) and other links so as to serve as roadsigns to show the variety there is, and it's awesome that you take all the effort to have a convention for us bunch of nerds to meet. Though note that it's not like we didn't organize small meetings here before: Our Brits used to meet fairly regularly, I believe, up until 2 or so years ago. Larger meetings definitely need organization (with a small "o"), but the whole thing about wielding titles for titles' sake seems self-important and bewildering to me, to be honest. I'm not interested in meeting the President of the Language Creation Society
and his Vice President
, or whatever. Instead, meeting David and Henrik as persons who happen to share part of my interests, and not as tokens/representatives/officials/whatever, is much nicer a prospect. Also, as was mentioned, I am sure that part of the animosities people here have comes not necessarily from the construct "LCS" itself, but also from the "strange vibe" Sai has given off at times, as Zompist called it. Indeed, I've sometimes got the impression that the LCS was basically an ego trip of Sai's. In and of itself, I don't think it's a bad thing to have a hobby club dedicated to language creation and its ilk – hobby clubs are deeply rooted in German culture
– but this whole lobbyism and officialism thing I don't understand, really. I'm active in 3 clubs myself (my church, my guitar ensemble, and the youth organisation my youth group belongs to), and nowhere have I met this officialist attitude although there are first chairmen, treasurers, and such.
Anyway, the whole politicization that seems to be going on here (and indeed enforced by certain people) really starts to get on my nerves. I was looking forward to attending LCC4 as a way to meet some of you people
(not some of you officials
), since language creators as organized (again, with a small "o") in the various fora are rather disparate, especially here in Europe, so international meetings don't happen too often, and now this
I'll still attend because tickets are already booked, but meh. I hope very much that the upcoming LCC will not be a major LCS recruiting fest.