[Taxacom] WoRMS fixes Kerguelenia ...

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Sep 2 17:55:16 CDT 2010


>That's good isn't it

yes, indeed (I've only just stopped doing cartwheels on the table!) [just a 
little sarcasm for a gloomy friday in Auckland] :)

>but you are a hard man to satisfy

I'm satisfied - I was just making an observation, that's all ...

>Overall the edit credit given in WoRMS output is more about telling users who 
>takes responsibility for the current taxonomic status of the taxon record

Not quite sure about that? The genus page has the following info on it:

history   Date
2004-12-21 15:54:05Z   created   Bellan-Santini, Denise 
2004-12-21 15:54:05Z   checked   Costello, Mark 
2005-07-25 06:54:52Z   changed   Espinel, Nadjejda 
2007-02-08 07:55:58Z   changed   De Broyer, Claude 
2010-07-22 08:44:07Z   changed   Lowry, Jim 
2010-08-26 13:28:30Z   changed   Lowry, Jim  
on the face of it, this looks remarkably like a Wiki-style edit history, doesn't 



From: Geoffrey Read <gread at actrix.gen.nz>
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Sent: Fri, 3 September, 2010 10:34:33 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] WoRMS fixes Kerguelenia ...

Hi Stephen,

That's good isn't it, but you are a hard man to satisfy.

It's not surreptitious - WoRMS is a database. Look at the child taxa to
see the edits.

Longer answer - Stop worrying. This is database output you are looking at.
WoRMS pages don't have an edit history as Wikispecies pages might have,
only the underlying records do. And the records themselves may not have an
obvious public edit history if something minor has been changed. It all
depends on what the edit was.

In this case your link refers to a display list of child taxa for a genus
entry.  Look at the child pages to see the edits. This particular page
would only show an edit change at the bottom if the genus name and detail
associated only with it  had been altered in some way.  Overall the edit
credit given in WoRMS output is more about telling users who takes
responsibility for the current taxonomic status of the taxon record.

That's my understanding anyway.


Geoff  (a WoRMS editor)

>>> On 3/09/2010 at 9:41 a.m., Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> ... but somewhat surreptitiously, as it isn't logged in the page's edit
> history!
> http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=101616


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