[Taxacom] Wikipedia politics: the future don't look so bright

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Wed Nov 20 14:58:00 CST 2013

It appears that me slightly tongue-in-cheek challenge has been misinterpreted by some on this list. All I meant was, would you care to elaborate? I would like to discuss the issues relating to higher classification, paraphyly, and pragmatic data management on a site such as Wikispecies.

From: Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
To: Paul van Rijckevorsel <dipteryx at freeler.nl>; Taxacom <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> 
Sent: Thursday, 21 November 2013 8:23 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Wikipedia politics: the future don't look so bright

I'll happily take you on in a one-on-one rational debate on Taxacom regarding any specific issue relating to your vague comment below. Bring it on!

From: Paul van Rijckevorsel <dipteryx at freeler.nl>
To: Taxacom <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> 
Sent: Wednesday, 20 November 2013 9:59 PM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Wikipedia politics: the future don't look so bright

From: "Stephen Thorpe" <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 1:39 AM

> I am talking Wikipedia here, not Wikispecies. FYI, there are bunches of
> Wikipedia editors conspiring to obtain absolute control over content. They
> are also not at all happy about the fact that Wikispecies is way ahead of
> them in biodiversity stuff, and are lobbying (hopefully unsuccessfully) to
> get it shut down. Our old "friend" Stemonitis actually seems something of
> a moderate compared to these others!

It might have been helpful to include a link. This appears to be

Long story short, Stephen Thorpe, being the expert on botany
that he is, has decided to set back the clock on Wikispecies
by four years, to the position that Wikispecies had been
struggling to escape for the four years prior to that.


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