[Taxacom] another ebay auction of naming rights

Adolf Ceska aceska at telus.net
Wed Oct 21 14:37:40 CDT 2015


When you write "NO COMMERCIAL VALUE" on your postal package, you follow the Proverb 26:5 that says: "Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit."(King James Bible)
Adolf Ceska

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From: Taxacom [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Fred Schueler
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 12:02 PM
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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] another ebay auction of naming rights

On 10/21/2015 2:32 PM, Doug Yanega wrote:

> Every package of specimens I mail has a big label on it saying "NO 
> COMMERCIAL VALUE" - but that ceases to be true, at least in some 
> people's view, I'm sure, if they are used as the basis for an auction.

* how is this different from putting "NO COMMERCIAL VALUE" on specimens back in the day when museums paid collectors for specimens? I know that payment for specimens is an extinct practice, but we did put "NO COMMERCIAL VALUE" on the shipments, because the specimens' value was scientific (contributing to knowledge) rather than commercial (contributing to fiscal gain motivated by the desire for fiscal gain), even though we might have been being paid for the shipment. It seems to me that auctioning names (however creepy this may be in other ways) is no more commercial a way of supporting research than applying for grants or crowd-sourced funding, and calling the auction a pollutingly commercial event suggests that paying taxonomists a salary also makes their work commercial.

no idea what "ABS" means in this context, by the way,

fred.
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