User talk:Sextiliana

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Hello, and welcome to Wiktionary. Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are a few good links for newcomers:

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I have added an 1855 citation to sextilian. If you read WT:CFI and the introduction to WT:RFV (links given here and hereinabove), you will discover that due to the necessity of words being attested, the only way that sextilian will remain here much longer is if you provide two more citations, separated by at least a year (so anything from 1856 onward), from durably archived sources (Google Book Search is usually good for this purpose). I like sextilian, so it would be a shame to see it deleted for failing the verification process. † Raifʻhār Doremítzwr 03:18, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for the welcome and the contribution to the article. I have been registered for a couple of months, now. I am not sure why I am still being tagged as anonymous.
I am not sure sextilian can meet such a rigorous requirement for CFI. I am accustomed to using suffixes and prefixes as needed. While I recognize linguistic precedence in how they are used, it never occurred to me that I had to justify said use any more than I would a true compound word. Disregarding this quality seems to beg the question why they are even allowed to be included as separate entries in the first place.
On that rationale, sextilian seemed to be a fitting construct as an umbrella term for scale figures. While these component hobbies remained separate from each other, there was no need for such an umbrella term, therefore no historical attestation.
Factors like the blurring of gender roles, the general availability of multimedia equipment, and the ability of John Q. Citizen to distribute / publish original works via the internet made the combining of these hobbies almost inevitable. That makes this hobby an indirect result of modern technology, which frequently has created the need for protologisms. Maybe the establishing of new phenomena should be added to the CFI as a basis for a proposed word or, at least, to create a special class of protologism, [a protonym?]. Compound words and correct use of affixes would be the most compatible means for doing so. Joe Webster 10:51, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
“I am not sure why I am still being tagged as anonymous.” — You’re not. That was my mistake, for which I apologise. You are the first person whom I have welcomed. I accidentally used {{subst:welcomeip|~~~~}} when I ought to have used {{subst:welcome|~~~~}}. I have replaced the welcome message with latter, applicable, welcome message.
Whilst I agree with pretty much everything that you have written, I daresay that you will have a hard time convincing the “community” of any of it; Wiktionary is under the reign of descriptivism (some might say hyperdescriptivism) at præsent, and shows no sign of waning loyalties. You can, of course, try, by raising the issue in the Beer Parlour, but I must warn you that it’ll probably be a wasted effort.
As I see it, the only credible hope for prescription lies in the List of Protologisms. I may try convincing the community to take a more prescriptive stance with entries therein at some time in the future; however, considering how far out on the lunatic fringe many of them consider me to be, I doubt that I’ll get round to that for many months. † Raifʻhār Doremítzwr 15:01, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

protecting user pages[edit]

There isn't any way to protect user pages so only you can edit them. You can, of course, routinely revert anyone else's changes, and you can put a notice at the top of the page to that effect. If you have trouble with someone doing this, then we'll worry about it.

Do keep in mind that all pages belong to the community; there is no personal property; only a presumption that user sub-pages are that user's sandbox. Robert Ullmann 09:33, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

Thanks :)[edit]

Thank you for all your help with the inverse requests page :-) I've learned quite a few words thanks to your effort :-) "alveolar tap" is now part of my everyday lexicon :-) Keep up the good work!!


What about wide stance?

I don't know why this was sent to me... --Joe Webster 15:03, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

A suggestion for inclusion in your list of protologisms.

My protologisms are mostly related to the hobby of "playscale miniaturism." --Joe Webster 15:08, 1 November 2007 (UTC)