Michаel Frаnkis

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    Yan Wong commented on "Michаel Frаnkis":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: No, I don't think you can unset an exemplar, which is why I don't set poor pictures as exemplars, even if they are the only ones available.
    I'll ask Cyndy about making you a master curator.

    6 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @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!

    6 days ago

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    Yan Wong added "File:Dasyatis longa rangemap.png" to the collection "Retag as map type".

    6 days ago

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    Yan Wong added "Alasmidonta viridis" to the collection "Retag as map type".

    6 days ago

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    Yan Wong commented on Yan Wong's newsfeed:

    @Michаel Frаnkis: p.s. why don't you apply for "Master Curator" status? That way your ratings are boosted to 5 times standard, rather than 3x like us mere "full curators". That makes it much harder for people's down votes to count heavily against your ratings. I reckon it's quite a valid status for you, given your EoL work. Oh, and I'd heavily support that application, if that helps.

    6 days ago • edited: 6 days ago

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    Yan Wong commented on Yan Wong's newsfeed:

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Hmm, weird isn't it. Some really good photos are getting 1*. Still, in the long run I hope it'll even out. After all, others could quite easily reselect a different exemplar. At least with the ratings, your decision doesn't get lost, merely diluted.

    6 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @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 :-(

    6 days ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "Michаel Frаnkis":

    Oh - and as a postscript to my last comment, for something like Eucalyptus rudis, perhaps it's better not to set the herbarium specimen as an exemplar, but simply to change the ratings so that the herbarium one is currently the top. Then if any better ones come in and are rated more highly, they will automatically become the default "exemplar" (or at least, the image that is used to represent the taxon)

    6 days ago • edited: 6 days ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "Michаel Frаnkis":

    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 we even if EoL loses the exemplar information, the images should rise to the top of the pile. In fact, I would probably say it is more valuable in the long term to change the ranking than to set exemplar status. The exception would be where an image makes a good exemplar & thumbnail (e.g. because the species is against a contrasting background) but isn't as good photographic quality as some of the other images in the taxon (perhaps only 3 or 4 star)

    6 days ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Katja Schulz:

    Yep, keeping (but unpublished) seems reasonable to me too. I wonder if we should remove them from the collection to ID, though, as we can't curate unpublished images anyway!

    On the same topic, I suspect that there may be wikimedia photos which become unpublished because they are shuffled down into a more specific category (e.g. xxx in Kruger National Park) which has no explicit taxonomic information. We can get these back by adding the correct taxonomic info on commons (e.g. see what MPF and I have done at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Milvus_milvus_in_flight), but there isn't currently a way to keep track of when this might be needed. Just something to ponder over.

    6 days ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "Michаel Frаnkis":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Thanks. I suspected that with Fothergilla gardenia, although I chose the N. American cultivated one until you had time to look. As you say, shame there are no iNat photos of this spp. As for the petrel, I suspected it was easy but (not being a taxonomist) I prefer someone else to make the call.
    By the way, if you come across any seahorse photos I have a friend who can do these very reliably (she produced the current classification & ID guide), so drop me a line.
    I've been trusting NOAA photos from Wikipedia etc if I can trace them back and verify that they are labelled as such on the NOAA photo images website (or subsidiaries such as SIMoN http://sanctuarymonitoring.org/photos/photo_search.php?search=fish ). But perhaps I shouldn't be so trusting.

    6 days ago • edited: 6 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @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.

    6 days ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jennifer Hammock: Yes, we should really keep these pics published on EOL even if the license changes at the source. It's perfectly legal, and supported by most contributors I have talked to. But we've never gotten around to changing the code for this. Jen, I think you had some concerns about keeping images that disappear from partner resources.

    6 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @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 ;-)

    6 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis marked "File:Drfr 001 pvd.png" as trusted on the "Dryopteris fragrans" page.

    6 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Oreortyx pictus done too

    6 days ago

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    Jennifer Hammock commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: Yeah, Katja is familiar with the relicensed flickr photos issue, and I believe it's complicated. A tweak to the flickr harvest might help, if I remember the preferences of the flickr community correctly...

    6 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @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!).

    6 days ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "Michаel Frаnkis":

    Hi Michаel, I've been merrily adding unreviewed exemplars to http://eol.org/collections/23073?sort_by=1 so if you can ID any of these, that would be great. You seem to have a wide range of ID expertise!

    6 days ago • edited: 6 days ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: I was going to leave a couple as they are, just so the EoL team can debug what is going on.

    6 days ago