[Taxacom] Why stability?

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Mon Apr 27 21:14:56 CDT 2015


Please.... don't say "LSIDs"  Say "GUIDs".  The latter is more generic, the former is a largely dead implementation of the latter.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Taxacom [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of
> Stephen Thorpe
> Sent: Monday, April 27, 2015 4:11 PM
> To: TAXACOM; Nico Franz
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Why stability?
> 
> As I'm sure Rod Page would agree (or at least I think he would!), one of the
> main issues here is the interpretation of binomials for species. It retrospect,
> species names may have better been uninomial. The fact that the next level up
> (genus) is part of the species name causes all sorts of problems. Identifiers
> should be arbitrary (but euphonious and mnemonic). If not, instability results
> from disagreements over the implied meanings. I think I have heard Rod
> suggest that we should stick with original combinations! That would solve the
> particular problem, but nobody else is going to go with that idea! Replacing
> names with LSIDs doesn't work (neither euphonious nor mnemonic), but
> changing names in response to competing more or less supported phylogenetic
> hypotheses just leads to runaway instability. There is no solution. All we can do
> is to muddle on ...
> 
> Stephen
> 
> --------------------------------------------
> On Tue, 28/4/15, Nico Franz <nico.franz at asu.edu> wrote:
> 
>  Subject: [Taxacom] Why stability?
>  To: "TAXACOM" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
>  Received: Tuesday, 28 April, 2015, 12:47 PM
> 
>  http://taxonbytes.org/thoughts-why-stability-in-nomenclature-and-at-what-
> cost/
> 
>     I'd be interested in knowing if any
>  scholarly works (I cite Atran)
>  support this. And other comments.
> 
>  Cheers, Nico
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