John P. Sullivan

ichthyologist

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    John P. Sullivan commented on "Scratchpads Community":

    Bob, Thanks for your reply. Well, clearly the proposed partnership with Scratchpads hasn't panned out the way envisioned. As I say, familiar as I am with both platforms I do not wish to see LifeDesks migrated. I wish to see LifeDesks at least supported and preferably developed. I have a hard time understanding how LifeDesks are extraneous to EOL's core mission. I see there are still a few of us actively adding to our LifeDesks and I bet some of them would agree with me. There have not been any bug fixes since May of 2012, despite bugs being reported (by me, for example). Could we at least get bug fixes/maintenance restored? It seems presumptuous to expect folks to invest themselves in new initiatives when EOL has a track record of dropping support for them after a few years.

    11 months ago • edited: 11 months ago

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    John P. Sullivan commented on John P. Sullivan's newsfeed:

    Bob. Thanks for your reply. Well, clearly the proposed partnership with Scratchpads hasn't panned out the way envisioned. As I say, familiar as I am with both platforms I do not wish to see LifeDesks migrated. I wish to see LifeDesks at least supported and preferably developed. I have a hard time understanding how LifeDesks are extraneous to EOL's core mission. I see there are still a few of us actively adding to our LifeDesks and I bet some of them would agree with me. There have not been any bug fixes since May of 2012, despite bugs being reported (by me, for example). Could we at least get bug fixes/maintenance restored? It seems presumptuous to expect folks to invest themselves in new initiatives when EOL has a track record of dropping support for them after a few years.

    11 months ago

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    11 months ago

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    11 months ago

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    John P. Sullivan commented on "Scratchpads Community":

    Boy, things have been quiet on here. Back in 2011 when it was announced that EOL would stop developing the LifeDesk platform, those of us who were putting hours and hours into our LifeDesks were assured that we wouldn't be left high and dry because a system would be developed to port LifeDesks into Scratchpads. Has that initiative been abandoned? Was that responsibility just dumped upon the Scratchpad people? Seems like we *were* left high and dry as I had feared. I maintain both a v.2 Scratchpad and LifeDesk. Both have their particular strengths and unique capabilities. I can say unequivocally that I do not want to see my Lifedesk ported to a Scratchpad. What I'd like is LifeDesks support and development to be reinitiated. Sorry to see EOL attracting funding for new initiatives like TraitBank while leaving what was in my opinion one of its most promising initiatives to languish. I like my LifeDesk in many respects better than the Scratchpad, particularly in the layout of the species pages, tagging content with taxonomic names via the pop-up window and intuitiveness of the interface. It's also a hell of a lot speedier than the new Scratchpads. LifeDesks came very close to being a perfect platform for a lot of us: a stand-alone site that can be used by specialists and the public alike, a great way to organize taxonomic information and to get content into EOL. I am very unhappy with EOL for abandoning LifeDesks. Who's with me here?

    11 months ago

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    John P. Sullivan commented on "Scratchpads Community":

    @Jiri Hulcr: I still have a v.1 Scratchpad. It seems reasonably responsive. Not looking forward to v.2 if it will be slow.

    about 2 years ago

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    John P. Sullivan commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Katja Schulz: Katja, I never heard anything more about the image upload problem I was having on my Lifedesk. I suspended uploading images since so many of them were seemingly getting truncated. You know if this issue was looked at?

    about 2 years ago

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    John P. Sullivan commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    I did not get a confirmation. I used the feedback form from the Help menu on LifeDesks, not direct e-mail which I now have done. Shouldn't they both go to the same place? I reported this problem via the LifeDesk feedback form ~2 weeks ago and received no response.

    over 2 years ago

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    John P. Sullivan commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Katja Schulz: Katja, Yes, this was the first thing I tried: editing the image and simply re-uploading the image with the same content, without deleting the original. This never worked: the apparently re-uploaded image always looked the same as before. I did get a re-uploaded image to appear correctly (i.e. complete) after deleting the image, then starting over and having to re-type the text, however even this does not usually work, as I've found out in my subsequent investigation of this problem. I did submit a problem report via the feedback form on the LifeDesk. Thanks for your help on this!

    over 2 years ago

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    Katja, Yes, this was the first thing I tried: editing the image and simply re-uploading the image with the same content, without deleting the original. This never worked: the apparently re-uploaded image always looked the same as before. I did get a re-uploaded image to appear correctly (i.e. complete) after deleting the image, then starting over and having to re-type the text, however even this does not usually work, as I've found out in my subsequent investigation of this problem. I did submit a problem report via the feedback form on the LifeDesk. Thanks for your help on this!

    over 2 years ago

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    John P. Sullivan commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

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    John P. Sullivan commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Katja Schulz: Katja, In one case when I deleted the image and re-uploaded the problem was corrected and in another case the new image was truncated as before. This is happening on many of the images I have been uploading and repeatedly retyping the info associated with each repeatedly until I get a good version uploaded is not an option. Have had this problem working from both Firefox and Chrome. One thing that occurs to me is that I'm working from a computer with a very fast connection to the internet. The upload speed is very fast. I will see if this happens when I use a slower wifi connection.

    over 2 years ago

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    John P. Sullivan commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    I have noticed a serious problem uploading images to my LifeDesk. Large images appear to get truncated. (Look at http://mormyrids.lifedesks.org/image/view/734/_original) for example.) The thumbnail and smaller image appear to be okay. How/where do we report bugs like this? Is the feedback from on Lifedesks still monitored? Has anyone else experienced this issue?

    over 2 years ago

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    John P. Sullivan commented on "Scratchpads Community":

    Jen: Now that you mention it, it does seem a good deal snappier..both my version 1 site and my test version 2 site. BTW, I was just interviewed about our African ichthyology scratchpad (africhthy.org) on the website Seriously Fish. http://www.seriouslyfish.com/africhthy-the-interview/

    over 2 years ago • edited: over 2 years ago

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    John P. Sullivan commented on "Scratchpads Community":

    @Eli Sarnat: Eli: Sorry I missed your original question to me. I'm one of two admins for the African ichthyology scratchpad "Africhthy" at http://africhthy.org. We are still in Scratchpad 1.0 format. Not sure when we are getting ported over, but we've created a pretty complex Scratchpad, so it will be interesting to see how it all works in v.2. I am also interested to know when it will be possible to port my momryid LifeDesk (http://mormyrids.lifedesks.org) to a Scratchpad. There remain a lot of things I like about the LifeDesk platform that I hope don't get lost in the eventual transition. I am hoping eventually to incorporate everything in my LifeDesk into my version 2.0 Scratchpad (which includes all species of African freshwater fishes, not just Mormyridae). It will be interesting to see when/if this can be done successfully!

    over 2 years ago

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    John P. Sullivan commented on John P. Sullivan's newsfeed:

    @Bob Corrigan: hey Bob.. Sorry I didn't see your comment until today (is there a way to get these forwarded by e-mail?). I actually have a quite a few good, live shots of the elephant-nose fish that I get uploaded in the next few months. They are hard to identify correctly and I've been hesitant to misidentify anything I upload.

    over 2 years ago

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    John P. Sullivan commented on "Scratchpads Community":

    Just wanted to say: as someone who is already heavily invested in both platforms, please keep me in the loop with developments regarding the eventual porting of Lifedesks into Scratchpads! I've already been giving the Scratchpad developers a lot of my feedback. I've really been impressed with their dedication and the great job they're doing.

    over 2 years ago

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    over 2 years ago

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    John P. Sullivan commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    @Bob Corrigan: "AFRICHTHY" only looks intimidating to pronounce: AFRIC-THEE from Africa + ichthy, the Greek root for fish. :-)

    almost 3 years ago

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    John P. Sullivan commented on "Rubenstein Fellows":

    Because some of you may be interested, I thought I'd let you know that my colleague John Friel and I have created a new Scratchpad site for sharing biodiversity information on African fishes at http://africhthy.org. The two Lifedesks I created as a Rubenstein Fellow in 2010 will at some point be incorporated into this site which we envision becoming the place to go for information on African ichthyology and ichthyologists. As an EOL content partner, AFRICHTHY will both serve data from EOL and add content to it. Scratchpads 2.0, which will come out next month, looks very promising.

    almost 3 years ago