Michаel Frаnkis

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Distribution":

    I don't think it's confusing it with Leucophaeus atricilla - it is just being parochial, and only mentioning the 0.0001% of the species' range that matters to the Great God North America, the Only Part of the World That Exists (in their viewpoint!). It is correct that Chroicocephalus ridibundus does occur as a scarce winter visitor in the area mentioned; the problem lies in their failure to acknowledge that the rest of the world exists ;-)

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Economic Uses":

    @Dan Schwenk: Agree; I've untrusted it.

    2 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "File:Accipiter erythronemius Horto Florestal de Sao Paulo, Brazil 2-crop.jpg":

    @gardnie07: Accipiter erythronemius was formerly treated as a subspecies of Accipiter striatus by some authorities, that's why its images also crop up on the Accipiter striatus page.

    I agree it would be nice if admins could have some way of permanently disassociating long-outdated taxonomies, as they frequently result in cases like this that appear odd to modern readers.

    4 months ago • edited: 4 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Yan Wong":

    @Yan Wong: "Any idea why the average rating for this image http://eol.org/data_objects/13218087/ hasn't been calculated correctly?" - showing correctly for me now.

    8 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    Can something be done to improve the search result suggestions? At the moment they are, and have been for a very long time, absolutely awful, turning up all the least probable results as the top suggestions, rather than the most probable which usually do not appear at all.

    As an example, I had to type out as far as "chamaecyparis lawson" before the obvious Chamaecyparis lawsoniana appeared in the search suggestions; it did not appear even with "chamaecyparis lawso". The search suggestions were instead completely cluttered with highly improbable suggestions.

    What would help is if accepted names were given higher hit status than non-accepted names, and generic names given higher hit status than species names, so e.g. a seach for 'pinus' will turn up various Pinus spp., higher than Spinus pinus.

    12 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "File:Propithecus perrieri range map.svg":

    @ Yan - I've noticed before that updates to either images or their accompanying text at Commons don't seem to be taken up on harvest re-runs. The only exceptions where it is updated here is if either the file name or the category has also changed at Commons.

    about 1 year ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Image of Cedrus atlantica":

    Cedrus deodara

    about 1 year ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Juniper (Juniper sp.)":

    Approximate coordinates, based on Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, Travis County, Texas: Latitude 30.185278; Longitude -97.870556

    about 1 year ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Katja Schulz: OK thanks! I'll add an association to J. ashei.

    about 1 year ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Katja Schulz: Thanks! Any way of getting back to the supplier to get its details corrected? Tons of Juniperus pics, but not so many of J. ashei with cones like this one.

    about 1 year ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    A typo in the scientific name of this item has created a superfluous EoL page:
    http://eol.org/data_objects/26486969
    Should of course be Juniperus sp., not Juniper sp.; for species, it is Juniperus ashei
    The latitude and longitude given are also incorrect (in the sea off west Africa, not in Texas!!)

    about 1 year ago • edited: about 1 year ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - sorry, I don't have any experience of virus classification, so wouldn't know how to construct a taxonavigation for it at Commons.

    about 1 year ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Ailurus fulgens":

    Sorry, I have to disagree there. First, the animal is not in its natural surrounds, it is in a habitat it wouldn't be seen dead in, let alone alive. Second, and more important, it is of unknown provenance. Ailurus is currently treated as a single species with two allopatric subspecies; should future research conclude that it should be divided into two (or more) taxa at species rank (a very possible scenario, that has occurred with numerous other species recently), then these zoo images become (because of their unknown provenance) untrustable, unidentifiable Ailurus species: in effect, worthless. A wild specimen with location is however identifiable by its location, and therefore, valuable.

    about 1 year ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "File:Lullula arborea MHNT.jpg":

    @ Yan Wong - agree; done.

    about 1 year ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - I'm not sure where the vernaculars are stored in wikidata either; it might be better to harvest them from the Commons categories, if that can be done. Though how reliable they are is another matter - en:wiki at least has a ridiculous policy on names that all must be given equal prominence, whether they are the official standard name that everyone uses, or some archaic variant that got dredged out of a 17th century book and never used since. So I'd certainly not trust en:wiki as a safe source.

    about 1 year ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Phil Myers":

    I was referring to 'plastic' in the figurative sense (i.e. 'cheap, worthless, junk'), not literal, and in reference to the captive animal of unknown provenance, not the teeth ;-)

    over 1 year ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Ailurus fulgens":

    @Rob Mutch: Hi Rob - photographically a good pic, but I don't think it's a good idea to have plastic zoo junk without source data (or subspecies information) and out of natural habitat set as an exemplar, when we do have some photos of natural specimens in the wild with locations; these are of infinitely higher scientific value ;-)

    over 1 year ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Yan Wong":

    Hi Yan - I've done a couple more from the high priority list; how do I remove them from the list after they're done?

    over 1 year ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Thanks! It'll disappear with the next Commons harvest anyway, as I've recategorised it at Commons ;-)

    over 1 year ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Thanks! First give-away was the habitat, in a garden with temperate cultivated Acer palmatum, second was the cagebird breeder's ring on its leg (different shape to bird ringers' rings ;-)

    over 1 year ago