[Taxacom] new Fauna Europaea website

Mircea Mitroiu mirmitro at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 14 02:17:57 CDT 2017

As FaEu Group Coordinator for Hymenoptera Apocrita excluding Ichneumonoidea it is frustrating as well. Since the launching of the new website I have sent several updates and never got any reply. I don't know what's going on. 
Dr. Habil. Mircea-Dan Mitroiu  Reader, Faculty of Biology, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Iasi  Invertebrate Diversity & Phylogenetics Research GroupBd. Carol I 20A, 700505 Iasi, Romania http://www.bio.uaic.ro/cercetare/grupuri/nevertebrate/
E-mails: mircea.mitroiu at uaic.ro, mirmitro at yahoo.com

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      From: Marco Uliana <marco.uliana.1 at gmail.com>
 To: Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu 
 Sent: Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 1:51
 Subject: [Taxacom] new Fauna Europaea website
Dear all, I have been an intensive user of the Fauna Europaea website since
its launch.
In spite of the well-known lack of taxonomic updates, the site was - in my
opinion - a great tool to quickly explore the diversity of a taxon,
richness of species, distribution, etc,
As a museum curator, I was used to consult that website at least weekly and
download spreadsheets with list of names (to chech against collections,
print labels, etc...)

However, since a while, users were automatically redirect to a new website,
"smarter" (?) in appearance but absolutely worst as for the content/tools.
The old website was still available, but since today I cannot reach it

At a difference from the old website, with the new one

  - you can't get the list of the species of a taxon above the genus
  level, not even with advanced search  (e.g.: you won't get any list
  searching for "Papilionidae")
  - you can't get the list of the species of a taxon above genus level
  filtering by country (e.g.: you can't get the list of Papilionidae of Italy)
  - you can't download any spreadsheet (nor anything else) with the list
  of species produced by your search
  - you have a taxon tree that is by no mean fitting the narrow window
  where it is inserted, and that returns to top each time you open a node
  - long list of species are broken in different pages with 25 rows each
  (you can't check the list at a glance, you can't search within the page for
  alternative spellings, etc.)
  - you have to click/move across 6 pages to read the list of countries of
  presence (yes, there is a map)

It is practically useless.

A few months ago I wrote to the staff expressing my doubts and my plea to
save the old site or at least its functions, but I got no answer.

How is it possible that such a useful tool was messed up in this almost
completely useless way?
Anyone sharing my feelings? How can we complain about this?

Thanks, Marco Uliana - Museo di Storia Naturale di Venezia
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