[Taxacom] globalnames?

David Remsen (GBIF) dremsen at gbif.org
Sun Sep 20 10:16:51 CDT 2009

Hence the need for those making species pages to have a decent name  

On Sep 20, 2009, at 12:55 AM, Geoffrey Read wrote:

> The abbreviation 'Sm.' for Smith is astoundingly silly. You don't  
> really
> do that do you? Oh dear.
> On not showing authors in a species page - depends on who the end user
> will be, but if hidden for simplicity for those you think would have
> little interest in them they should be there in the background to  be
> conjured up instantly for the many who do require them to make sense  
> of
> the name.
> Cheers,
> Geoff
> On Fri, September 18, 2009 10:44 pm, Paul Kirk wrote:
>> Author abbreviations: punctuation (and diacriticals) in author
>> abbreviations is ignored in determining an appropriate form to avoid
>> ambiguity thus any author named Bull would have initials added to
>> distinguish them. However, to follow your 'logic' forward ...  
>> Bulliard
>> is indeed unique and easily recognized even for the untutored user  
>> but
>> am I correct in assuming you would support the use of Smith rather  
>> than
>> the unambiguous Sm., A.H.Sm., J.Sm. etc, etc, for all 120 Smiths  
>> who are
>> plant name authors? And Smith is not now the most common surname/ 
>> family
>> name!
>> Incidentally, I am against including author citations anywhere  
>> except in
>> hard core nomenclature and taxonomy - most users, untutored or
>> otherwise, should not see them - that they continue to be used (often
>> copied from one incorrect source to another) outside the areas  
>> mentioned
>> is indeed a "relic of ancient times".
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