There is an internet meme, “pictures or it didn’t happen”, which is also a website for funny photos.
The conlang world is in a similar situation. “Noyatowa” is supposed to be a conlang that is polysynthetic. It has 7 google hits. This language doesn’t exist. It is morally as good as a figment of my imagination. I’m not trying to specifically pick on the author of Noyatowa*, which might be a linguistics grad student or a teenager in Iowa. I’m just tired of trying to research languages that people reference, but don’t exist in any practical sense.
The language “Bp@x’àãókxá” is unsearchable with by Google, due to internal punctuation.
CALS is a great swath of language that seem to exist only as a list of features on a CALS page. I suspect the LangMaker archives (since the main site appears to be down), are much the same, but probably more languages that are reference grammar-less because the owners website went down.
So my advice.
If you are writing an article or paper about conlangs, think twice about even mentioning unpublished languages. You aren’t sounding more erudite by listing every name of a conlang you’ve seen on CALS or a forum. You may just be spreading rumors that a language exists, when in fact it is fictional as warp drives, or magic wands or any other setting material that we read in fiction.
If you are naming a language, pick something that is currently getting zero google hits, but isn’t broken up by punctuation, or worse, is only punctuation. “Bieber” is a poor name. Zocovapy, as of right now is a very good name for a conlang.
If you are writing or bragging about your conlang, don’t make many claims about the unpublished part– or if you do, make it clear your talking about an unpublished language. The nitwits reading what you write may repeat it as if your conlang is a published, living language. If you have published a language, release it under a licence that makes it easy for people to grab a copy of it for archiving & republishing.
Update. Someone named Wastrel posted some flame bait questions in my comments which I’ve withheld. I felt real bad that the conversation didn’t go so well– I take online civility seriously, but haven’t worked out what is the right think to do when the feces start flying. I am somewhat reassured that elsewhere Wastrel is getting banned from forums. My advice to bomb throwers and free spirits is that they should put the combative thoughts, their bile in their own blog, and feign civility in comment threads, forums, mailing lists, etc. Know when you are pissed off and refrain from clicking send before giving yourself a chance to cool down.