[Taxacom] FW: Do rogue taxonomists need rogue publishers?

Stephen Thorpe s.thorpe at auckland.ac.nz
Mon Feb 1 16:17:26 CST 2010

No, I have no accusation to make against you. I don't know you. I was just stating the fact that someone (who almost certainly would not want to be named) wrote to me this morning with "criticisms" relating specifically to obstruction by you and your group on other people who are trying to publish in your area. Perhaps they are maliciously making up false accusations - I don't know, but it does rather caste a shadow of doubt over what you are saying, so I thought it relevant to mention. If it isn't true, then you have got nothing to worry about ...


PS: I don't hide behind smokescreens - I simply report the facts, and as for Taxacom "supposed to be a professional list", I don't see any restrictions on membership, but perhaps you would like to impose some ... :)

From: Wolfgang Wuster [w.wuster at bangor.ac.uk]
Sent: Tuesday, 2 February 2010 11:01 a.m.
To: Stephen Thorpe
Cc: Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] FW:  Do rogue taxonomists need rogue publishers?

Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> I still think Wolfgang is missing the point - there is a problem in herpetology with what might be deemed "rogue taxonomists", but attempting to quash that problem might open the floodgates to increased rates of obstruction and elitism in taxonomy in general. Off-list replies to taxacom threads are always the most interesting to me, and I just got one which suggests that Wolfgang has, shall we say, "an agenda" here that goes far beyond rejection of the work of Hoser, Wells, and Wellington! I have no idea if what they suggest is true, but it is precisely my worry that the lack of a clear dividing line between the extreme cases and the rest will make it possible to label genuine people as "just another Hoser" ...

If you have a personal accusation to make against another member of what
is supposed to be a professional list, then I would suggest that the
honorable thing to do is to spell it out, rather than hiding behind a
smokescreen of unspecific anonymous accusations.


Dr. Wolfgang Wüster  -  Lecturer
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