On demand printing, a nomenclatural , problem for botany

Peter Rauch anamaria at GRINNELL.BERKELEY.EDU
Tue Apr 25 11:46:20 CDT 2000

On Tue, 25 Apr 2000, Doug Yanega wrote:

> ...and probably - eventually - a few of them will let their egos get
> the better of them.  ...

Egos? You ask.

>         Combine this with the possible threat of patronyms-for-pay, ...

Mercenaries? You ask.

>         I'd rather see pre-emptive action, obviously, ... Then
> again, would anyone here really care to wager that NO ONE out there is
> going to publish junk names within the next five years or so?

Junk mail? You ask.

> Do you really
> want to gamble the future of taxonomy on the hope that no one will ever
> realize and exploit the fact that they can now *easily* publish junk names?

Gambling? You ask.

Exploitation? You ask.

Hmmmm, Doug. You've just described the human race in a nutshell.

And, just think... Taxonomic enterprise is one of _humanity's_


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