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These are some of the constructed languages
I've found out there that I really like.
No ranking system is implied by the (dis)order in which these links appear.
The absence of a particular link similarly implies nothing.
From what I've heard, most people who write their own languages think they are the only person (or the only one since Tolkien) crazy enough to do this. Then, they discover through the internet that there are others doing this too. What I always say is that it's bigger than you'd first think, but smaller than you'd think after finding out about all the others. There are maybe a couple thousand constructed languages out there, and here are a few of my favorite sites:
Jeffrey Henning's Langmaker.com is currently the portal for constructed languages. You can even get here from there. I think.
Lojban by the Logical Language Group is a real mind-bender. It was through looking up stuff on Lojban that I ended up finding out about the other constructed languages on the internet.
Sally Caves' Teonaht seems to be on everyone's list of languages to check out. It's very fully developed, with lots of material on the site. The language has a lot of unusual features: split-S type, marks tense on the pronoun, violates a couple of those silly Greenburgian Universals.
Dean Easton's Thosk is huge. Systematically derived from Indo-European roots into a plausible modern this-world language. Great "sound-flavour" too.
H.S. Teoh's Ebisédian has a lot of alien concepts which make a weird kind of sense and make me wonder why they're not found in natural languages. The unique case system received a lot of attention on the Conlang mailing list.
Mark Rosenfelder's Elkarîl has the coolest writing system I've seen.
Herman Miller has made several languages for a parallel universe. His language page has a whole pile of conlangs, as well as sound samples and fonts. Also check out his home page.
Christian Thalmann has three languages on his site. My favorite one is Obrenje, which I followed in a relay game one time.
Steg Belsky's Rokbeigalmki has a vaguely Enochian-looking script and a cool grammar. Morphology is mostly prefixing, which is nice 'cause most languages (con- and nat-) tend to prefer suffixes. Plus, every root can work as a noun or a verb depending on what's attached to it.
Nokta Kanto's Harpelan is a written-only language with a cool look like a tree made out of kanji.
John Quijada's Ithkuil is ... wow. This language just might encode every nuance of meaning that's possible in the human mind, and probably a few that aren't. One guy put this thing together!
Simon Whitechapel's Mhigiwipian (warning, big page) has a big phonology, interesting ways of marking gender on both nouns and verbs, and an excellent script.
Here are some people who've got better explanations for this whole constructed-language thing than I do:
Dean Easton's Conlang FAQ answers the questions that I don't, including variations of "what's the point" and "why".
David Peterson's Conlang Manifesto and Jesse Bangs' Artlang Rant are both worth a read even if you're familiar with the Vice. These can also be found on Bangs' own site, which includes both his and Peterson's pieces.
Boudewijn Rempt's Apologia pro Imaginatione draws on Tolkien's concept of "sub-creation" (and if I knew where to find that article, I'd link to it too).