N.B. These message boards no longer exist.
I would like to draw the attention of my kind readers to the existence of two message boards. These have already existed but have now been refurbished and I modestly suggest they are worth a look.
The first is my own message board, called (appropriately enough, I hope you will agree) SilverTiger. You will find it here: http://silvertiger.ipbfree.com/. The intention of this message board is to encourage discussion on topics I mention on my blog and also to provide a forum on blogging and on matters in general. There isn’t any limit on what you can talk about, beyond staying legal and reasonably polite.
You can visit SilverTiger as a Guest or as a Member. As a Guest you can read all messages and reply to messages on the public forums but not start new topics. (This is a first line of defence against spammers.) Members can in addition start new topics and their username is protected from use by others. How do you become a Member? Easy, no initiation ritual required. All you do is click the Register button and give your username, password and email address. The email address is used as a simple verification measure and will not be used to spam you.
The key to conferences and message boards is that to succeed, they need a core of active users who post plenty of nice messages that incite others to reply. A message board is a community effort, not a one-man band, so I hope you will support SilverTiger at least to the extent of taking a look and saying hello.
The other message board is a collective enterprise. I have already mentioned it but it has changed. We were not happy with the service we were receiving where it was and have therefore moved it to another venue. You will find it at this address: http://languagegroup.ipbfree.com/. It is called, simply enough, Language Group and the name gives you a clue as to what it is about. Are you interested in the English language, what it is, how it works, how and why it is changing, dialects and varieties, good English and bad English? Are you a liberal, believing that language should evolve as speakers see fit, or a conservative, believing that “good English” must be preserved? Both views, and any in between, will be found on the Language Group message board.
So do you have to be qualified to post on the Language Group board? No! As long as you have an interest in language and an opinion to share, you are welcome to come along. You can operate as a Guest or as a Member and the same conditions apply to these as described above.
I think bloggers could make a welcome contribution to the Language Group. All bloggers are writers to some extent and some bloggers are professional or semi-professional writers. Such people must have views on language and how it is used and such views would help pep up our discussions. Why not come along and give it a whirl? (Is that a good expression to use? Too familiar for the context? Just right? Tell us on the board…)
Follow the Tiger… to the message boards!
Language Group: http://languagegroup.ipbfree.com/