[Taxacom] Wikipedia/Encyclopedia of Life fusion

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Sun Dec 12 20:36:46 CST 2010

yes, I have seen this "propaganda"

I *really* cannot see the point of them capturing a Wikipedia page for a taxon, 
and then displaying it as yellow until somebody "validates" it. Meanwhile, the 
Wikipedia version can change, so presumably the new version will have to be 
captured and "validated" too, and the next new version, ... endless paid work 
for somebody! It is very unclear how often they capture a new version ... not 
very often, I expect, so, if yoiu wanted outdated Wiki content, see EoL !

With so many errors in their own pages, and so many pages and so few "experts", 
I very much doubt that many Wikipedia pages will ever change from being yellow 

Besides, why Wikipedia and not also Wikispecies? At any rate, I am going to 
systematically link all Wikipedia taxon pages to Wikispecies pages, example 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leptomyrmex. Compare the Wikispecies page 
(http://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Leptomyrmex ) with the EoL page 
(http://www.eol.org/pages/32639)  ...

If anything, it should be Wikispecies/Wikipedia who validates EoL pages!


From: Bob Mesibov <mesibov at southcom.com.au>
To: TAXACOM <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Mon, 13 December, 2010 3:19:11 PM
Subject: [Taxacom] Wikipedia/Encyclopedia of Life fusion


Dr Robert Mesibov
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