[Taxacom] Why Defend the Code?

Michael A. Ivie mivie at montana.edu
Fri Oct 9 18:28:58 CDT 2015


Stephen,

Well, since that first line was taken from an email from a correspondent 
in New Zealand, and was not my line, and not attached to any name, 
clearly it must not apply to you, because after all, you have an 
honorary something.  You see, Stephen, not everything is about you.

Mike

On 10/9/2015 5:13 PM, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> Putting to one side the personal attacks aimed at me, and the associated false claims (e.g., I do not have "no position", I have an honorary position), I actually agree with Mike that "our system of nomenclature is under attack", and that this is a problem to be solved. I disagree with Mike that the way to solve it is to mindlessly defend the Code as it is. The Code needs to change in order to solve this problem. Specifically, it needs to be simplified so that increasing numbers of people don't just throw their hands up in despair about it and walk away. Claiming that anyone with half a brain can easily understand the Code is only going to frustrate those perfectly intelligent people who find it to be more difficult. Make it easy to do nomenclature, and the problem will solve itself.
>
> Stephen
>
> --------------------------------------------
> On Sat, 10/10/15, Michael A. Ivie <mivie at montana.edu> wrote:
>
>   Subject: [Taxacom] Why Defend the Code?
>   To: "Taxacom List" <TAXACOM at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
>   Received: Saturday, 10 October, 2015, 12:02 PM
>   
>   This may have been precipitated by a
>   recent set of events, but it is
>   targeted at a broader group of messages that put me over the
>   edge on the
>   last one.  No individual person, living or dead, if
>   specifically
>   referred to below.
>   
>   I just received a private email asking why I would waste my
>   time
>   challenging someone with no position, no credibility and
>   well known as a
>   pedant and seeker of attention?
>   
>   Why indeed.  Because I am an educator and a
>   systematist.  It is time we
>   all wake up to a few things.  First, our system of
>   nomenclature is under
>   attack.  Few students are given a class in its use,
>   most are told the
>   rules are difficult and arcane.  This is giving rise to
>   a movement to
>   simply do away with compliance.
>   
>   Second, compliance with our Code is voluntary.  There
>   is ZERO
>   enforcement available.  We are just a thin line from a
>   break to anarchy.
>   
>   Therefore, when someone wants to, repeatedly, claim the Code
>   is poor, is
>   difficult, is not well thought out, or otherwise in need of
>   endless
>   negative blather, there are people who read that.
>   Hundreds more are
>   exposed to this forum than ever post to it.  If such
>   negativity comes
>   from someone who projects a facade of expertise, people may
>   even believe
>   him or her.
>   
>   I understand the Code is not perfect, but it does
>   work.  It does require
>   diligence, and takes time from other activities that may be
>   more fun,
>   but it is not that hard.  We need to reinforce in the
>   minds of our
>   peers, and especially the younger members of our profession,
>   that using
>   the Code is what is expected, and it is not something to
>   dread.  And,
>   when mindless attacks are made claiming it is defective,
>   difficult or
>   irrelevant, we must defend it vociferously.
>   
>   Mike
>   
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