In most of my postings in Sprachlabor or Land und Leute, I get a few responses. Of course, LEO has an active and knowledgeable membership, and my question is almost always answered. In some cases I get a little bonus when the thread continues interestingly beyond the original topic, and I learn something new.
However, the discussions that I enjoy the most are those where the OP (the original poster) begins with a query which is so interesting that the thread takes on a life of its own, and continues and grows into an lengthening and enjoyable thread that attracts and entertains a lot of people.
Of course we all know that an OP cannot take responsibility for the thread. He may have started it , but he doesn’t “own” it. He can take credit for the original idea, but he can’t take credit for how the thread develops.
Nonetheless, speaking for myself, I often have to admit a certain personal satisfaction, even pride, when I start a thread that takes on a life of its own, draws some interest, gains more and more participants and onlookers, and grows and grows.
Do you all have any favorite long threads that you’ve started, where you’ve felt a pride of ownership at beginning a long, interesting, energetic discussion?
Here are a few that I’m proud of in this sense.
In January 2011 I started a thread with the title “What online dictionaries and references do you recommend?”, which has been continuously active for neary two years now, and has grown to 138 entries.related discussion: What online dictionaries and references do yo...
In one recent post on Land und Leute, titled simply “GEZ Boykott”, I had seen the prhase, and wanted to know what it referred. That thread has now grown to 111 entries. related discussion: GEZ-Boykott
38 entries - related discussion: irregular verb forms dying out?
32 entries - related discussion: Dido or Didon (queen of Carthage)
And my “Meisterwork”, in Land und Leute I started a thread that grew to 301 entries - related discussion: Opera in the US, Germany, UK . . . and Sydney...
, had to be cut off at the maximum length of LEO threads, and was continued in another thread, now 30 entries. related discussion: Oper
99 entries - related discussion: horse meat
145 entries - related discussion: doggie bags - common in Germany?
61 entries - related discussion: NASA Mars rover Curiosity
82 entries - related discussion: Karl May - I need a recommendation!
71 entries - related discussion: Elizabeth II - wie ausgesprochen?
60 entries - related discussion: Freudenschade
89 entries - related discussion: removal of French words from German during th...