I'm bit getting tired of Anglocentrism on this forum. Every language is judged through the prism of the English language. Sure most members here are from the Anglosphere (mostly USA), but it still doesn't make it right to talk about other languages as if they were animals in the Zoo.
I'm not sure I've seen any of that. If you're referring to the posts in this specific forum, as you and Remd stated, the difficulty of a particular language depends on your native tongue. Because most of us are native English speakers we are simply stating our opinions on how difficult a language is from an English point of view.
This Anglocentrism is also quite visible in other discussions. For example, unlike on forums here in East Europe (regardless of language), a certain level of Political Correctness has to be practised. It is hard for me to express myself adequately sometimes since I have the feeling I have to talk about a certain subject in "cotton gloves", and it makes me uncomfortable.
Wouldn't talking about certain subjects with "cotton gloves" be the same as holding up a level of PC?
It would be interesting to see how members of other cultures feel or think about the cyberspace, which is suppose to be about connecting people, being dominated by a culture which does not tolerate theirs. My concern is why do we have to make a compromise while others don't?
This comment is a little absurd. I assume you are referring to the Anglosphere as the dominating culture, which I'll give you, but what do you mean isn't tolerant. Sure there are some people that are intolerant, but the current trend in the Anglosphere is that intolerance is bad. And more specifically on this forum, no one has actively been intolerant to any other culture. Also, since the Internet was born in America it only makes sense that the dominant culture on it would be American and in English and the people who use it would compromise to that. Even then there are HUGE co-dominant internet cultures in Asia. And then there are places like this forum that embrace cultures and more specifically their languages.
Returning to the first paragraph, when talking about my native language I want people to have respect for it like they do for their native language(s). Coming from a very nationalistic part of the world, even with my best efforts, it does not make me fell uninsulated when people talk about my native or other close languages as freak-shows.
When has anyone on here talked of any other language as a freak-show?