Comments by Aldaleon
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Aldaleon: Newer/Older buttons switched in Discussion navigation
Oh, whops! You are right! 😂 Thank you for pointing it out — I will fix it in the next major release.
I would like to give a quick progress update. I am currently completely re-engineering phrases as part of the transition. The changes are comprehensive and have taken far longer than I had initially anticipated, but they are going to be truly great. The new version will be able to differentiate between sentences and provide translations inline. Fortunately, the Phrase feature is soon done, whereupon I will look at Discuss.
If you have any ideas on how I can improve the community, please let me know. As per Paul's suggestion, I will implement RSS and JSON feed as part of the new version.
The ts branch is now 67 commits ahead of the main production branch.
Version 0.7.0 of Eldamo
Thank you for notifying us about your recent changes to Eldamo. As I have said before, you are very welcome to use this discussion board to advertise the changes you make to your data source.
Now, to a tangent, for those of you unfamiliar:
What is Eldamo? Eldamo stands for ELvish Data MOdel, and is a elvish dictionary in XML format. Parf Edhellen regularly ingests Eldamo to enrich our dictionary. It is maintained by Paul Strack (yes, the same person who created this thread.) I am personally very grateful for the comprehensive work that Paul puts into Eldamo, and will continue to ensure that Parf Edhellen stays compatible with it.
Account “Tamas Ferencz”
Thank you Tamas. I did participate in the community as a silent observer, ever enjoying the snippets of poetry available there.
However, you do not need to revive and maintain a community platform on your own. There is one here, and is open to everyone. If there are any missing features that prevents you from migrating to our community, please let me know and I will look into it.
You are more than welcome to advertise Eldamo releases in the forums. Like you said, the two services are complementary, and I am personally very happy that an initiative like Eldamo exists!
I just want to give a brief update on what is going on with Parf Edhellen.
At the moment, I am in the process of reengineering the frontend application, which is essentially the things you see and interact with on the website. The new solution will appear the same as today, but the new solution will be more rigorously tested and perform better. Unfortunately, there is a lot to reengineer, and to date, I have made 41 code changes on a separate code branch. Currently, the search and dictionary view is operational. Next, I will implement flashcards, phrases, and discussions (in that order).
Once the transition is done, I will be moving forward with some relatively "big" changes related to neologisms and community-curated dictionaries, related to the suggestions from the What is your opinion on neologisms? thread. That will be fun - looking forward to it!
I will regularly give brief updates here to update you on my progress.
What is your opinion on neologisms?
Thank you so much for sharing your insightful opinions. I am currently churning out a larger update for Parf Edhellen's graphical user interface, and I will review your feedback in depth (and also in public formulate the intended strategy going forward) once I have completed the work I am currently doing.
For those curious, you can follow the work by observing the ts branch on Github.
Welcome to Parf Edhellen! parf edhellen is indeed "Parf Edhellen". Final -f is pronounced v and is consequently written with v.
Thank you! It is true that the button is temporarily unavailable as I restructure the content on the website. For now, you can use the following link to do a one-time or recurring donation:
Again, I am incredibly thankful for your generosity!
What is your opinion on neologisms?
As some of you might know, Parf Edhellen has changed a lot over the last couple of months. I have improved the user experience, added public flashcards, fixed bugs and introduced some new functionality. I have been listening to your feedback and focused what little time I have on the things I believe would have the biggest, positive impact.
Now, I am at a point where I am considering whether to change my policy on neologisms. To this day, I have intentionally restricted neologisms to words "established by the community." But, as some of you might point out, there is currently no general consensus around what "established" really means. And seeing the discourse at public forums and Discord channels (Vinye Lambengolmor in particular), it appears to me that the public is becoming increasingly interested in extending the vocabulary of Tolkien's languages.
Historically, I have held back against this development because I have seen how wrong similar initiatives have been in the past. As an example, the authors behind the Elvish in the Lord of the Rings movies really dove deep into the material available at the time the movies were made, and produced famous neologisms like **hannon le "thank you" and **I amar prestar aen "the world is changed". While you can make a case for hanna- as a derivative from √KHAN, neither neologism has aged very well.
More material has since been released from the Bodelain Library through publications like Vinyar Tengwar and Parma Eldalamberon, but there are still many gaps in our understanding of the phonetics and overall structure of Tolkien's beloved languages. So I have so far decided to hold back due to the arguably capricious and changeable nature of neologisms.
Now, however, I am curious what you think. Should I change the process, and allow more neologisms on the website? Should there be a set of curated authors who we trust, or should I trust all of our members to contribute quality neologisms?
I am curious of your opinion.
Thanks in advance,