[Taxacom] iSpecies with Wikipedia

Doug Yanega dyanega at ucr.edu
Wed Mar 26 15:39:31 CDT 2008

Paul van Rijckevorsel wrote:

>From: "Doug Yanega" <dyanega at ucr.edu>
>>  The "bizarre classification" problems one sees in Wikispecies reflect
>>  two fundamental things: (1) Wikispecies, like Wikipedia, can only
>>  present a SINGLE classification (no alternative schemes can be
>>  incorporated except as footnotes),
>Why should this be? Has Wikipedia a "Single Point of View Only" policy?
>* * *
>>  and (2) the classification must be a ranked Linnaean hierarchy.
>Why should this be? A religious dogma?
>An example that is neither
>"from a Single Point of View" nor
>"restricted to a ranked Linnaean hierarchy":

I've yet to see a single case in the English Wikipedia where a 
"Phylogenetic classification" is shown and distinguished from a 
"Classical classification", as in this example from the French 
Wikipedia. I don't even know if that is an option. In the English 
Wikipedia, this same family (Aristolochiaceae) is given a single 
classification, using conventional ranks, and there is no page for 
Aristolochiales at all (obviously, then, the English Wikipedia 
follows APG II and not Cronquist). Is there a French equivalent of 
Wikispecies that also allows for multiple conflicting classifications 
on the same page?


Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314        skype: dyanega
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