What if E2 were split into multiple versions of itself, and all of the Canadian noders were banished to www.everything2.ca? (What the hell is up with all the Canadians here?) How would the flavour of the database change, apart from proper use of the letter 'U'? (God Loves U Users) Well, perhaps we'd see nodes like this:

Every English writeup would automatically have a French writeup below it (generated by a script using babelfish, attributed to everyone). However, French writeups would not be translated automatically to English. The downvote option would exist, but everyone would be too polite to use it.

EDB would be replaced by LBB: The Lucien Bouchard 'Bot, which would keep order in the ConfederationBox nodelet by threatening to call a neverendum and establish a separate but associated site called www.everything2.pq.ca

* Among the many suggested by the lovely and talented emil greer.
Lord Brawl, you make it sound like a bad thing... you should know better than that. I'm surprised there isn't a separate site. For whatever reason, the Canadian government (as I'm sure you know) is forever protecting us from those bad Yankee's to the south... :)

To address your points, though;

  1. The separate site would ensure adequite Canadian content on the site, because that is an important part of protecting us from the evils that lurk to the south.
  2. The French translation could only make things better for those who wished would be given the opportunity to learn another language.
  3. The downvote comment is somewhat true; at least for me. I prefer to find good nodes to vote up rather than bad ones to vote down. But it's funny how we are always thought of as being nice.
  4. I would love to see the 'proper' spelling of 'U' words all over the place... that is a serious pet-peeve of mine. But in a global environment, I guess I can't be picky.

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