Talk:Cobol on Cogs

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The esoteric programming language COBOL was created in 2007 according to its page. This states it's from the 50s. Which is correct? -- Smjg 20:40, 6 July 2010 (UTC)

There is COBOL, and there is COBOL. They are different languages, as stated on the page for COBOL. --(this comment by at 19:16, 10 July 2010 UTC; please sign your comments with ~~~~)
No, that page states that only COBOL is esoteric, and COBOL isn't. -- Smjg 17:53, 12 September 2010 (UTC)
They are, nevertheless, different languages, one being presumably named as a reference to the other. --ais523 18:40, 12 September 2010 (UTC)
So really, there are three languages involved:
  • COBOL, a non-esoteric language created in 1959
  • COBOL, an esoteric language created in 2007
  • COBOL, an esoteric language created in the 1950s....
-- Smjg 17:29, 13 November 2010 (UTC)


I was going to do a cleanup and categorisation of this page until I realised that it's just plain off-topic; not everything unserious is esoteric, not every joke is esoteric, and a non-existent parody web framework for a non-esoteric language is not esoteric. So I'm requesting deletion on those grounds. —ehird 21:25, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

I don't really have an opinion, so I'm going to argue against deletion. The joke here is that Cobol counts as an esoteric language because of how inelegant it is perceived as being. The joke is therefore related to esoteric languages, and so belongs on this wiki. We have many pages about completely non-esoteric topics, such as lambda calculus, and even have pages that are joking about real languages being esoteric, such as Perl. —Maharba 01:27, 19 November 2011 (UTC)
OK, I suppose the "of interest to esoteric programmers" criterion may be met and I'm just overly curmudgeonly. I've cleaned the article up a bit. Still uncategorised. —ehird 18:11, 19 November 2011 (UTC)
I've gone ahead and deleted it anyway, per consensus on IRC after it somehow made its way on to the language list. —ehird 17:27, 22 February 2012 (UTC)