[Taxacom] Xanthocyparis (was: Validation of taxon names)

Kenneth Kinman kennethkinman at webtv.net
Sat Feb 18 20:54:12 CST 2012


Dear All,
      Sometimes circumscription or other related considerations are not
the biggest problem.  Sometimes, we simply need a speedier resolution of
problems by Codes, Congresses (and/or their Committees).  

      The problem of Xanthocyparis was supposed to be finally decided at
the 2011 Congress, but for some reason it was not.  In the Internet Age,
perhaps it should no longer be necessary to delay such decisions like
they are emulating the U.S. Congress.  

       That a decision on such matters MUST await a physical
get-together Congress seems old-fashioned and unnecessary in the first
place (unless delay is your goal).  That it was not finally decided in
2011 is difficult to understand.  Something is clearly still standing in
the way of timely decisions on such matters, and in the Internet Age
there surely must be a better and more timely way to address such
issues.  Such delays were certainly inevitable in the past, but in the
21st Century such delays seem anachronistic and preventable.  If the
Code still prevents timely resolutions, it needs to be changed so that
such decisions can be made quickly (a year or two at most).  There is
really no excuse for dragging out such decisions longer than that in a
time of instant communication via Internet.  
           ------------Ken






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