[Taxacom] "Taxon Filter" (was Re: Electronic publication)

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Thu Jan 12 14:12:33 CST 2017

So if the issue is purely nomenclatural I do not see the need to be
submitting a fully developed paper. Seems just a waste of time. Just
provide what is necessary for nomenclatural verification and registration
of the proposed name. And what would that be at the bare minimum?

I presume the intent of registration would be to assign priority to a name.
So if, for example, I had a bug that was first recognized as a different
species, I could register a name for that bug, but then I might be delayed
in publishing for five years (actually happened) but then during that
interval before publication if someone else who found the same bug
registered another name would only be notified if the original person for
that name was notified and realized it was the same. And how long will a
registered name have priority before final publication - 1, 2, 5, 10 years?
What if someone dies in the meantime?

John Grehan

On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 2:43 PM, Adam Cotton <adamcot at cscoms.com> wrote:

> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Richard Pyle" <
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> To: "'Neal Evenhuis'" <neale at bishopmuseum.org>; "'Doug Yanega'" <
> dyanega at ucr.edu>; <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
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> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] "Taxon Filter" (was Re: Electronic publication)
>> The way I imagine it working for such cases is that there would be a
>> defined time-period of, say, one month where people could comment on each
>> registration record.  If that period expires without a minimum number of
>> comments (>1, but not sure how much more than one), then then name is
>> automatically accepted (i.e., newly proposed names are available until
>> proven unavailable, which is how the system has always been).  I don't
>> think the problem will be with the names that nobody reviews.  I think the
>> problem will be the ones that have MANY reviews, with no clear consensus.
>> This will be PARTICULARLY problematic if too much "taxonomy" is entangled
>> with the nomenclatural process (e.g., I foresee endless splitter vs. lumper
>> debates).
> This is precisely why, in my opinion, it is VERY important that whatever
> system is adopted to supercede the current traditional one it must only
> concern itself with NOMENCLATURE. Any taxonomic considerations, such as
> those "splitter vs. lumper" issues, should be completely excluded from the
> whole process.
> If there is a time period for comments on any submissions for registration
> those comments should be restricted to nomenclatural issues only, and any
> comments of a taxonomic nature should be discarded.
> Currently anyone can name what is in their opinion a new taxon, and
> whether or not the taxon is regarded as valid or not is in the realm of
> taxonomy, not nomenclature. Any new system must continue to separate these
> two issues, particularly since with new techniques it is often found that
> what was previously considered a junior synonym is actually a valid
> separate taxon. It would be incorrect for a nomenclatural registration to
> be rejected because the reviewers disgree on taxonomic grounds.
> Adam.
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