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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] keeping "KLI folklore" words in word lists

PICHLMANN Christoph ( [KLI Member]

I fear this could end up as an endless discussion, we're starting from differing points of view that essentially seem to go in the same direction.

To use your journal analogy - at the same time it could be said that you're hiding the pseudoscientific text because you don't want the general public to know about it. (Pseudoscience, paranoia, conspiracy - it all melts together sooner or later...)

No one knows your reasoning - all they see is "I have heard of X, but it doesn't appear in Y."

Hence my suggestion of acknowleding that it exists but also declaring it to be wrong. Not sure how that would translate to the journal, though. In that case I'd probably want to see an article explaining WHY the pseudoscientific junk is exactly that.
(Not that it'd convert the fanatics, but those on the edge might see the reason).


-----Original Message-----
From: Felix Malmenbeck [] 
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 12:31 PM
To: PICHLMANN Christoph;
Subject: RE: [Tlhingan-hol] keeping "KLI folklore" words in word lists

I wouldn't really describe this as hiding the words; nobody's trying to make it more difficult for people to research these terms on their own, or to purge old records of these words. Rather, it's choosing not to unduly highlight it.

I would say it's akin to not printing pseudoscience in a scientific journal: You're not shutting down the author, or preventing them from publishing their work on their own, but rather you acknowledge that publishing it in your journal would elevate that work to greater prominence than it deserves.


From: PICHLMANN Christoph []
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 12:18
Subject: Re: [Tlhingan-hol] keeping "KLI folklore" words in word lists

I'm not a fan of hiding information, even if it's for the assumed best of the user. I don't think it works in the long run.

While I agree with the problems, I don't think pretending those sounds have never been said doesn't solve them.

How about having an entry for the "klingon" word that merely reads "NOT CANON" ? Enough to acknowledge that yes, these sounds have been said, but no, they're not klingon.
It'll keep an uninformed user from using it, and others can then use other sources (i.e. the internet) to find out what's up with them.
But both can look up the word should they stumble across it, and don't have to assume that the program is outdated/incomplete.

Or have the explanation visible once you tap the "NOT CANON" if that's possible easily.


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