Yan Wong

Evolutionary biologist

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    Yan Wong commented on "Michаel Frаnkis":

    By the way, as a botanist, do you want to set & rate a decent exemplar for http://eol.org/pages/1115259/ when you have a few minutes?

    3 days ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "Image of Anas capensis":

    Captive :(

    3 days ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Jennifer Hammock: OK, thanks. Will do.

    3 days ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "Image of Himantura signifer":

    Missing pic

    5 days ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "Michаel Frаnkis":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Re Eucalyptus rudis, there's a single observation on iNaturalist (just the trunk unfortunately), which if I agree with the ID, will automatically get imported into EoL: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1114849
    Otherwise iNat brings up a few much better pics on Flickr (https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/162762-Eucalyptus-rudis) and if any of them are the correct ID I could invite them to be used on iNaturalist, or we could shove any that aren't CC-NC onto wikimedia commons where they'll get eventually picked up. A bit of a hassle, but I'm toying with possibilities here.

    5 days ago • edited: 5 days ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "EOL Curators":

    Worryingly, this image: http://eol.org/data_objects/19886579, although very clearly marked as copyrighted etc. has found its way via EOL China Regional Center into EOL marked as CC-BY-NC-SA. It took me only a few seconds to verify that it is not distributable in this way (http://www.arkive.org/greater-mouse-eared-bat/myotis-myotis/image-A14235.html). Can someone have a word with whoever is putting these up?

    5 days ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "Common Picture":

    This isn't a creative-commons licensed image. Why has it been imported by EOL China Regional Center?

    5 days ago

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    Yan Wong commented on Yan Wong's newsfeed:

    @Cyndy Parr: I don't know anything about ScratchPads (so can't help), but I'm guessing that lots of the wrongly classified maps might come via this route, so maybe worth sorting out.
    By the way, would it be possible to upgrade Michael Frankis (http://eol.org/users/2723) to Master Curator status, mainly so as to give his ratings more weight? He's meticulous about ratings, sourcing IDs, exemplars etc and is (as far as I can tell) one of the most active people doing this on EoL at the moment. I think Master Curator status is the right level for him.

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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.

    5 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.

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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.

    5 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)

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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)

    5 days ago

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    Yan Wong commented on "MOST WANTED: bird images":

    No photos (only drawings) for this entire genus http://eol.org/pages/104377 - perhaps might be nice to add to this collection

    5 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.

    5 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.

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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

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    Yan Wong commented on "File:Psychrolutes phrictus 1.jpg":

    As on NOAA site

    6 days ago