[Taxacom] Wikipedia classification

Kleo Pullin kleopullin at pacbell.net
Sun Jul 5 20:40:10 CDT 2009

Yes, better.  I think Curtis's edit is better than my suggestions, also, as it is more direct to the needs of a general audience reading the encyclopedia.  Thanks for the links and bringing it to my attention.


--- On Sun, 7/5/09, Una Smith <una.smith at att.net> wrote:

> From: Una Smith <una.smith at att.net>
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Wikipedia classification
> To: "TAXACOM" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
> Date: Sunday, July 5, 2009, 6:21 PM
> Kleo Pullin wrote:
> >Oh, left the years off: also included with the names on
> the disambiguation pages of many things besides taxa, this
> is where the years or simply listing that one is a senior
> synonym, or listing, beside the junior synonym, its
> currently accepted name would be the equivalent.
> In the case of Latreillia, both homonyms were published in
> 1830.  In
> any case, as often happens on Wikipedia, while we have been
> talking
> the page has changed, and a discussion and meta-discussion
> have been
> started:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latreillia
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Latreillia
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Tree_of_life#Homonyms
> Better?
> >There are many ways to go that would make a taxa
> disambiguation page more useful than a shot in the dark,
> particularly when what you don't know is what type of
> organism it is.
> Sure, but recall that this disambiguation page has no
> incoming links,
> and one point of having a disambiguation page is to capture
> and fix
> incoming links so that they go to the relevant
> article.  (After I made
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latreillia a
> disambiguation page, I fixed
> the incoming links.)  So the only way a reader will
> find the page is
> via a search.  A search on the species name or on the
> homonym and
> authority will send the reader directly to the relevant
> article, not
> to the disambiguation page.
> One problem we have is that Wikipedia has no concept of a
> "taxon
> disambiguation page";  we barely manage to have a
> plant common names
> disambiguation page.
>     Una Smith
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