[Taxacom] CoL and ZooBank

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Jul 8 18:53:38 CDT 2010

Well, in "misleading advertising land", little disclaimers like "is planned to 
become" or "aims to create", although they technically do the trick, are in 
reality just part of the toolkit of the rhetorician. At any rate, the point is 
that if they continue doing things the way that they are currently doing things, 
then their plans and aims, even if achieved, will in reality fall far short of 
being as good as what they imply...

From: Richard Pyle <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>
To: Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>; Bob Mesibov 
<mesibov at southcom.com.au>; TAXACOM <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Fri, 9 July, 2010 11:30:58 AM
Subject: RE: [Taxacom] CoL and ZooBank


I realize you are intending to defend (somewhat) the acronyms.  But you of
all people, who are sensitive to quotes out of context, should be ashamed of
this bit of your recent post:

> I agree 
> that they can be rightly criticised for a bit of "misleading 
> advertising", i.e.
> >"a comprehensive catalogue of all known species of organisms 
> on Earth" 
> >(CoL) and "a uniform and validated index to the world's 
> known species" (Species2000)?

The first quote (CoL) is preceded by "is planned to become"; and the second
quote (Species2000) is preceeded by "aims to create".

Again, I realize the point of your post was to play Devil's advocate, and
defend the acronyms (somewhat); but it sort of falls flat when you
misrepresent the quotes as you did above.

I'm working on a much longer reply to Bob's posts now.



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