[Taxacom] Mystery taxonomic compilation on the web...

dipteryx at freeler.nl dipteryx at freeler.nl
Wed Dec 1 02:51:40 CST 2010

Van: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu namens Stephen Thorpe
Verzonden: di 30-11-2010 21:32

> Chris,
> You know you are my hero ... the "flyest of the fly", but in this case I must 
> protest at your apparent ignorance of the "wiki" concept! There is simply *no 
> connection* between lack of attribution/plagiarism and the "wiki" concept! 
> These are unrelated and independent of each other.

It would be typical on a wiki for a contributor to copy-and-paste a list of 
species names from somewhere, and present it as information on a genus.

It looks to me that this is related to a mindset which does not recognize
any such thing as a science of taxonomy. What is out there is God's creation, 
and a list of species is the way to know God's creation; the list must be true,
as 1) it is on the internet (or in a book) and 2) otherwise God would intervene. 
As the contributor is dealing with the One Truth, there is no need to attribute 
anything ...

Simple, once you recognize it.


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