[Taxacom] iSpecies with Wikipedia
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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