[Taxacom] EoL getting heavy!

Stephen Thorpe s.thorpe at auckland.ac.nz
Sun Sep 13 20:27:50 CDT 2009

Dear all,
I just got another response from Jim Edwards (EoL executive director), which he insisted that I don't forward to Taxacom, so I won't. Suffice it to say that the topic and tone of this message from him was quite different to what one would expect from a mere debate on species concepts! I would remind you all that in recent correspondence with Cyndy Parr (of EoL), I was NOT suggesting that EoL are only interested in lining their own pockets! I was contrasting the factors at play in EoL as compared with Wikispecies. I made the point that since the contributors to Wikispecies have no financial interests in it, it is very different in this regard to EoL where economics is more of a factor to be balanced against providing rapid output. It was not a criticism of EoL people, but an observation on the kind of structure that EoL is compared with Wikispecies. Both EoL and Wikispecies have their own pros and cons, and this particular aspect is just one of the disadvantages of EoL (from the perspective of the end user), along with several others (including error fixing, and keeping up-to-date). Wikispecies also has its disadvantages ...

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