Bob Corrigan

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: I agree that "cetaceans" isn't aimed at a general enough audience. You can set your preference here: http://eol.org/pages/7649/names/common_names There are a couple of good existing options to choose from.

    about 1 month ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: We don't have a policy on the choice of common names, and it will be difficult to develop objective criteria for something that's so subjective in many cases. So it's up to individual curators to make these decisions. Don't hesitate to change the preferred name if you think you can do better. If the curator who made the original decision feels strongly about their choice, they can always come back and revert. We've got quite a few people here who care about common names, and they are pretty important for making our content more accessible. So if anybody can think of criteria that should be included in the curation standards, please let us know.

    about 1 month 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.

    about 1 month ago

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    петя спасова commented on "EOL Curators":

    wow i hav seen much of this yan thanks for pointing.,

    about 1 month ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    Idly looking at vernacular names on EoL. I see Cetacea has a VN of "Cetaceans", which I suspect is only meaningful to biologists. I'd tend to go for "Whales & dolphins", but before I change it, is there any general guidance as to the level of familiarity that EoL aims to target? I see that @Deniz Martinez set the common name manually, which means I should be careful in this case, but I'm interested in the more general argument.

    about 1 month ago

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    Cyndy Parr commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: I've hidden the confusing NatureServe text. Thanks for spotting the problem!

    about 1 month ago

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    Bob Corrigan commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: That can't be right… thanks for pointing that out, Yan. By the way, I'd like to chat with you soon about some ideas, let me know when you could be available. bcorrigan at eol dot org.

    about 1 month ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    http://eol.org/pages/328634/overview appeared as a picture on the EoL home page just now. On the taxon page it says two things which must surely be mutually contradictory:
    IUCN threat status: Extinct (EX)
    occurs (regularly, as a native taxon) in multiple nations TRUSTED © NatureServe Source: NatureServe

    about 1 month ago • edited: about 1 month ago

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    Michael Wunderli added the German common name "Gebänderte Scherengarnele" to "Stenopus hispidus (Olivier, 1811)".

    about 1 month ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Both seem to work. For some reason I started using the colon, but https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Transclusion recommends without, so I'd leave it out. Before you go too wild, I've posted something about it on http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Liné1#Transcluding_Taxonavigation_from_category_pages to see if Liné thinks it's a sensible idea.

    I've also done a few hours coding this evening so that the EoL wikimedia harvester will catch these transcluded files. It's not terribly sophisticated: it only looks for text like {{Category:xxx}} in the markup, so it won't spot it if you transclude a Taxonavigation from, say a gallery page. But given that gallery pages contain a whole load of extra text with images etc, I don't think that's a good idea anyway.

    2 months ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Katja Schulz: Perhaps I exaggerate. I don't know if it is due to run this weekend anyway. But unless he applies the fix, it will do "rm -force *" in the directory from which php is being run for that session. That might not be too bad (it won't delete folders, or things in folders, only plain files in the same directory). But I don't know your setup, so I wouldn't like to take the risk...

    2 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?

    2 months ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: He is being paged, so hopefully we'll still have a harvesting server next week.

    2 months ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: oh, boy. It's after 6 pm on a Friday evening here. I suspect Patrick is at the pub by now. Is this an emergency?

    2 months ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    @Yan Wong: Ah yes, that was an atavism. A link to a tool that ceased functioning a while ago. Removed now, Thanks!

    2 months ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Katja Schulz: Katja - since you seem to be doing EoL stuff, could you give Patrick a nudge to merge the urgent change I've sent him to the Wikimedia Commons harvesting code, otherwise if it's due to run this weekend it could accidentally try to delete all files at the root level of the EoL harvesting server :( Oops.

    2 months ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    More dead links: the "Wikipedia import" link on the sidebar of http://eol.org/info/curate_wiki and similar pages. This can simply be removed.

    2 months ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    @Katja Schulz: Given that .webm is the preferred format for wikipedia / wikimedia videos, I suspect it should be OK. The annoying thing is that it won't play in Safari or IE at the moment. But it's being pushed by Google as the format of choice.

    2 months ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Discussion Group":

    @Yan Wong: Thanks, I have reported the broken link to the people in charge of the YouTube channel. We don't transform the videos we ingest, so whether or not an EOL visitor can play a given video will depend on what browser they use. I have no idea how well .webm is supported. If it plays in recent versions of Chrome, IE on Windows, and Safari on Mac, we should probably import these videos since they will work for most visitors. We've discussed putting a disclaimer on video & sound pages since we cannot guarantee that all media will play for all users.

    2 months ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: I am not aware of any special character restrictions for the ScientificName field in Darwin Core, but you could find out by running a test file through the validator: http://services.eol.org/dwc_validator/

    2 months ago