[Taxacom] Kickstarter for Taxonomy

Frank.Krell at dmns.org Frank.Krell at dmns.org
Fri Feb 22 16:36:01 CST 2013

Good suggestions, Mike!
About the webpage: The new ICZN webpage has just been launched. It still has the little "BETA" in the left upper corner. If anybody experiences glitches, a little note sent through the "Contact us" link might be helpful. "Contact us" looks functional.


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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Kickstarter for Taxonomy

Lessons to think about.

When an organization puts out a call for assistance because of financial difficulty there are things that need to accompany that call.

First, a very clear evidence of competency, transparency, and responsibility to those being asked for help.  In today's world, that means an effective provision of data on a website.  In this case, having "access denied" responses and needing to know (without help from the website itself) how to get financial data from a second party are not helpful.

Provide a method of encouraging "belonging"  as a reason to support the cause.  If there is a membership, put up a place to join, and expect members to pay for the privilege.

Provide clear links to any information that a donor might ask, such as what is the budget, what are the trends, what is the oversight like, who is in charge?  Overwhelm the potential donor with data and evidence of competence and responsibility.  In today's world, we don't just trust anyone, not even priests.

I will continue to encourage donations to the ASZN in support of the Trust, but they really need to make it easier to convince people.  The fact that THIS GROUP has to even have these questions is evidence of less communication than would have been considered adequate.


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