Michаel Frаnkis

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Image of Procavia capensis":

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    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Procavia capensis (Pallas, 1766)":

    @samsar: I checked; there's no hyraxes of any species native to Tunisia. I'd guess it must have been a rodent of some sort that you saw.

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Image of Halichoerus grypus":

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Image of Pinus cembroides and Pinus discolor":

    Pinus discolor

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Image of Pinus cembroides and Pinus discolor":

    Pinus discolor

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Image of Pinus cembroides and Pinus discolor":

    Pinus discolor

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Image of Pinus cembroides and Pinus discolor":

    Pinus discolor

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Description of Canis lupus":

    @ Theodore Ganea - actually, it isn't well written at all, except for use on a page about domestic dogs; it says almost nothing at all about wolves. It also uses some archaic non-standard terminology not accepted in 95% of the world.

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on an older version of Phoenix canariensis (Canary Island Date Palm) - cultivated:

    Not Phoenix; maybe Roystonea sp.?

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "n194_w1150":

    I agree with Valter; it is the poor quality of the original illustrations, drawn by someone who has not studied bird anatomy before picking up his paint brush.

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Annette Olson":

    Hi Annette - saw your comments on http://eol.org/data_objects/29680529 - as with all captive items like this, best to give a low image rating (* or **, not ***) so it is pushed down below better-documented photos of known wild origin examples. Hope this helps!

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: Re "Amoebe (US) or Amoebae (UK) is the plural" - I can't find any evidence Amoebe is an American plural for Amoeba, but it does appear to be a Dutch name for Ameoba.

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Katja Schulz: Excellent, thanks! That would be a big help.

    2 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Katja Schulz: Sorry, not sure why that should be? After all, Ara c isn't a one letter combination, it's a four letter combination, or five if the space is included as a 'letter' (which it should be). Maybe the search system is failing to include spaces, and if so, could that be changed?

    2 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Katja Schulz: Thanks! I guessed that would be the reason. Would it not be possible to prioritise scientific names over common?

    A somewhat related problem is that when entering a genus name and the start of a species name, the search won't offer a drop-down until at least three letters of the species name have been added: enter "Ara", the drop-down appears, but then it vanishes on adding a space, and won't reappear with "c" or "ch" but only once "chl" has been added, when Ara chloropterus finally appears. This is a nuisance when one can remember the first letter or two of a species name in a large genus, but can't remember the exact spelling of the rest of the name.

    2 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    Another example of listing problems - put the genus name Ara in the search; the genus itself appears in the drop-down selection, but none of its species do; everything else is unrelated.

    2 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Cyndy Parr: Re "we also have an admin tool that forces a search result to the best page even if the algorithms don't"
    At the monemt, invalid names frequently get listed higher than accepted names, which is misleading.
    Would it be possible to change the search results so that (a) accepted names are listed first above non-accepted names, and (b) within accepted names, genus names are listed above species names (so that in e.g. a search for "Abies", species in the genus Abies come higher than Picea abies).

    3 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Michael Wunderli":

    Hi Michael - only noticed your comment "Why did this photo get a bad rating? I think its good!" on http://eol.org/data_objects/5817937 just now - the reason is that it's a very poor example of the species, being a captive specimen that even at a casual glance is grossly obese, and therefore not a good representation for the species. As a general rule, I'd say it's a good practice never to give a high rating to a pic of any species outside of its natural environment. In addition to behavioural consequences like this animal's obesity, captive / cultivated individuals are also often not typical of their species in other aspects, and misidentifications or uncertain identification are far commoner than among photos of known location wild specimens. Hope this helps!

    3 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: One could equally argue for 'Whales, dolphins and porpoises' (since porpoises are in Cetacea, and not usually called dolphins) - there may be others, where would one end? But agreed, it's a tricky one to decide.

    3 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - thanks! Looks good; I'll use the transclusion format in the future. Can I just double-check, is it {{:Category:Xxxx xxx}} or {{Category:Xxxx xxx}} (with or without a colon), please?

    3 months ago