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    Quote Originally Posted by Hucky View Post
    I have to refer you to a lady quoted there. - I promise you striking similarities!
    With your question of how someone's native language can change, it's nothing to do with it- it's a question of only being able to choose a single option from a list, while many people are bilingual or more. Having to choose one may not be so straightforward.

    Please try to keep things on an even keel. Fighting impoverishes forums.

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    There is a problem with a single choice list- I am afraid the software is inflexible and doesn't offer the possibility to give more than one option. We used to have a box that people could write in, but the results were a mess, but at least this way, we get one language chosen that is spelt consistently, and no one claims to be a native speaker of asdf or a web address.
    I don't know if this is possible, but maybe new options could be added on request? I noticed that once a Bosnian member asked for their language to be added to the list. Maybe options like English/Russian could be added too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Please note that I never said I didn't understand what you'd been saying. I just didn't like the way you'd said that. I think that a simple

    Hey, freezeframe, I noticed that the "native language" entry in your profile had changed. How is this possible?


    would be more polite. I think it's better to say things explicitly, when it comes to personal matters. This way we have a better chance of avoiding conficts.
    I can cut a long story short because everything is published and can be reread. I still cannot see what was so impolite about what I wrote, it was even meant to be funny and humorous: Many a true word is spoken is jest. And what about the two first replies in the current thread then? Besides, there are people who are quick in dealing blows to others, but are oversensitive themselves when it comes to the taking. As to the changed profile: The trigger for changing it is obvious. I asked a simple factual question because there happen to be interferences between different languages. It could have easily been that from a point of view of a non-English native speaker the present perfect could have been understood as a preterite. But the responses were nothing but mere mock, not just in the overtone, but bluntly. Everybody can read it.

    Thanks for your commitment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    With your question of how someone's native language can change, it's nothing to do with it- it's a question of only being able to choose a single option from a list, while many people are bilingual or more. Having to choose one may not be so straightforward.

    Please try to keep things on an even keel. Fighting impoverishes forums.
    My sentiments exactly! Be assured that there is no risk of any fighting going out from my part.

    Just for your attention: I was not going to write any more contributions in the now closed thread anyway. I see, however, that you had to act responsibly when a thread becomes a threat in the very sense of the word.

    By the way, you tried to send me a personal message, but I failed to open it. Could you have another try?

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    I agree with you that the thread had become unpleasant before your post on freezeframe's profile. It sometimes happens. I think it's important to cut these things off before they have to be cut off by moderators.

    Wszystkiego dobrego również Tobie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I don't know if this is possible, but maybe new options could be added on request? I noticed that once a Bosnian member asked for their language to be added to the list. Maybe options like English/Russian could be added too?
    Just en passant, talking of fighting, it is always a potential source of conflict to call a spade a spade. What if from an academic point of view a claim is absolutely wrong as e.g. the asserted existence of a certain language (I do not want to give it a name), and that very person feels attacked without any reason? Who is to blame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I agree with you that the thread had become unpleasant before your post on freezeframe's profile. It sometimes happens. I think it's important to cut these things off before they have to be cut off by moderators.

    Wszystkiego dobrego również Tobie.
    I do relieve you that I will do my best!

    Dziekuje bardzo i dobranoc!

    (I´m sorry, but I have no diacritical marks on my keyboard to put it properly.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hucky View Post
    Who is to blame?
    I don't wish to consider blame anything but a feeling or some other fleeting illusion, so I don't find it worth discussing too much. Let's end this discussion in peace.

    Have a good night.

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