Michаel Frаnkis

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - sorry, I don't have any experience of virus classification, so wouldn't know how to construct a taxonavigation for it at Commons.

    4 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Ailurus fulgens":

    Sorry, I have to disagree there. First, the animal is not in its natural surrounds, it is in a habitat it wouldn't be seen dead in, let alone alive. Second, and more important, it is of unknown provenance. Ailurus is currently treated as a single species with two allopatric subspecies; should future research conclude that it should be divided into two (or more) taxa at species rank (a very possible scenario, that has occurred with numerous other species recently), then these zoo images become (because of their unknown provenance) untrustable, unidentifiable Ailurus species: in effect, worthless. A wild specimen with location is however identifiable by its location, and therefore, valuable.

    4 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "File:Lullula arborea MHNT.jpg":

    @ Yan Wong - agree; done.

    4 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - I'm not sure where the vernaculars are stored in wikidata either; it might be better to harvest them from the Commons categories, if that can be done. Though how reliable they are is another matter - en:wiki at least has a ridiculous policy on names that all must be given equal prominence, whether they are the official standard name that everyone uses, or some archaic variant that got dredged out of a 17th century book and never used since. So I'd certainly not trust en:wiki as a safe source.

    6 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Phil Myers":

    I was referring to 'plastic' in the figurative sense (i.e. 'cheap, worthless, junk'), not literal, and in reference to the captive animal of unknown provenance, not the teeth ;-)

    9 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Ailurus fulgens":

    @Rob Mutch: Hi Rob - photographically a good pic, but I don't think it's a good idea to have plastic zoo junk without source data (or subspecies information) and out of natural habitat set as an exemplar, when we do have some photos of natural specimens in the wild with locations; these are of infinitely higher scientific value ;-)

    9 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Yan Wong":

    Hi Yan - I've done a couple more from the high priority list; how do I remove them from the list after they're done?

    10 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Thanks! It'll disappear with the next Commons harvest anyway, as I've recategorised it at Commons ;-)

    12 days ago

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    @Yan Wong: Thanks! First give-away was the habitat, in a garden with temperate cultivated Acer palmatum, second was the cagebird breeder's ring on its leg (different shape to bird ringers' rings ;-)

    12 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Yan Wong":

    Hi Yan - in the high priority list http://eol.org/collections/23073?sort_by=1 you'd added a pic of Aratinga jandaya - just to let you know, I deselected this pic, as it is a captive bird with a rather more orange head than the species should have, making me suspect it could be a captive-origin hybrid with Aratinga solstitialis. I've selected a different pic (of a wild bird) for the exemplar.

    13 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Rob Mutch":

    Yes it is, Fig. 9 in the bottom row, under the old synonym Phalacrocorax dilophus floridanus ;-)

    14 days ago

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    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - yep, looks like I did, without realising it! I've deleted it now.

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Yan Wong":

    Hi Yan - with photos from Commons like this one: http://eol.org/data_objects/28711456 it's simpler to go to the Commons original and remove the incorrect category there (I've done so now!), then the pic is correctly allocated after the next harvest ;-)

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "File:SierraLeoneP012.tif":

    @Luc Baudouin: It's easier to go to the Wiki Commons source page, and change the category at the bottom of the page from 'Cocos nucifera' to 'Elaeis guineensis' - then the error is corrected automatically at the next harvest of Commons. I've done it now ;-)

    about 1 month ago

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    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - Thanks! Must admit, I'd never thought of that - how do I apply? And thanks for the offer of support!

    On the Eucalyptus rudis pic, is it possible to 'un-set' an exemplar? The only way I can think of is to set a different pic as one, which I don't want to do as the rest are less good!

    about 1 month ago

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    @Yan Wong: "By the way, I reckon it's probably a good idea to simultaneously give high ratings scores to any pictures you choose as exemplars" — that's exactly what I've been doing for a long time ;-) Only problem is, as soon as I vote 5* for anything, someone else always seems to come along and kill-vote it, making it difficult to get the best pics to stay near the top :-(

    about 1 month ago

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    @Yan Wong: Eucalyptus rudis - the photo of the tree is a cultivated specimen, so again, can't be relied on, but the herbarium specimen is wild origin (Swan River) so (although not ideal, unfortunately) I've set that as the example pic.

    about 1 month ago

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    @Michаel Frаnkis: Dryopteris fragrans done; also swapped round which of the drawings was hidden, as the wiki commons version was derived from a more detailed higher resolution scan ;-)

    about 1 month ago

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    @Yan Wong: Oreortyx pictus done too

    about 1 month ago

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    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan,

    Starting on them. Fothergilla gardenii, I've had to pass up on those pics, they are all (without exception, sadly) of cultivated material, so hybrids with Fothergilla major (or misidentifications of it!) can't be ruled out - bit of a shame that there's no verified wild specimens from the iNature group.
    The Thalassoica antarctica pic was an easy one to do (a very distinctive species!).

    about 1 month ago