[Taxacom] iSpecies with Wikipedia

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Thu Mar 27 05:19:36 CDT 2008

From: "Doug Yanega" <dyanega at ucr.edu>
> 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?

Yes, the English Wikipedia uses its own single 'bizarre classification' for
Aristolochiaceae, but this is a matter of deliberate choice by the users.

Going by the basic policies, guidelines or technical possibilities of the
Wikipedia project, the two constraints you put forward do not exist.
Basically, the English Wikipedia is free to adopt any of a number of 
different strategies in this matter.


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