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Lycaon 09:00, 17 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for working on lichenologists edit

You are certainly finding quite a few. That is great. One minor point: the section for links should be External links not External Links (no capitalization of links). Not a big deal. Open2universe 20:52, 17 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Adding synbols above vowels edit

Is your question how do add them? This will depend on your computer and keyboard. I often copy and paste. Otherwise, there are usually combinations of Alt-codes that can produce them. en:Alt codes. Here is a reference for Windows Windows alt-codes. Open2universe 13:44, 18 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Work in progress edit

Hi. Could you please use the show preview button before you commit your final contribution? Every time you save a page, that version is stored on the server and takes a bit of space. Maybe you could develope/write your contributions off line and upload them when complete. Thanks Lycaon 10:38, 20 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Authors edit

Answered on my talk page and on Wikispecies_talk:Policy. Lycaon 13:58, 21 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

BTW, Please add new discussions at the bottom of a discussion page , not at the top. Thanks Lycaon 13:58, 21 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Author abbreviations edit

Good question. Wikispecies has been using IPNI for botanist abbreviations and they also do not use spaces. IPNI

So that is what I use for official abbreviation. In the animal world they seem to use spaces more.

That being said, I often create redirects with spaces because other people entered them that way.

Open2universe 14:02, 21 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Books edit

Please add information on books to wikipedia, not to wikispecies and link accordingly. Thanks. Lycaon 12:43, 25 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Does this answer your question about subcategories? We really don't want books on wikispecies. For some people even adding the links to authorities was a stretch.

Also please review Help:Author_Names. It is not entirely complete and can use some enhancing. Feel free to add discussion to the talk page. The basic concept is that we want as little information here as possible and point people to the various wikipedias. Open2universe

Formatting edit

Please have a look at this on how to format references and vernacular names. Thanks. Lycaon 23:51, 4 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you :-) Lycaon 00:23, 5 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Subsp, var, etc edit

Hi Ed. Subspecies and varieties should have their own level and shouldn't be mixed within the species level. Could you have a look into that with Cladonia? Check the Recent changes for more guidance. Cheers. Lycaon 07:25, 5 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Needs some more work. Your formatting does not comply at the moment. Have a look at e.g. Opegrapha_multiseptata. A Species should mention all its lower taxa but not be a redirect. Don't hesitate to ask if you have problems. Lycaon 10:42, 6 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You should also use these templates. Lycaon 10:50, 6 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Catalog:Taxon Authorities edit

I see you are adding a lot of lichenologists. Would you mind also adding them to Catalog:Taxon Authorities? Thanks. Open2universe 13:31, 28 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Cladonia edit

One day soon they will be finished... ;-)) And then...? Keep up the good work. Lycaon 13:58, 29 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Asterisks edit

Hi. Why are you creating those redirects with the asterisks (*) ? Lycaon 18:27, 15 May 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hmm. I'm not too sure on how to proceed on this. can we get a second (and third) opinion? I'll put it on the Village Pump later today, if you don't mind. Lycaon 20:24, 15 May 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Flavoparmelia caperata edit

Some questions about the proposed expanded format at Flavoparmelia caperata:

  1. Why can't most of that information be included on the English Wikipedia?
  2. If Wikispecies is supposed to be as language-independent (i.e. Latin-based) as possible, how will for example, the "Description" section, be expanded when someone wants to translate it into Japanese?
  3. Does an expanded format increase the likelihood of newcomers mistaking Wikispecies for a species-centered Wikipedia and therefore attempting to put more blocks of prose here? --Georgeryp 16:28, 25 May 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

References and Vernacular names edit

Hi, thanks for all your work. Would you also please add vernacular names below the reference section? And if the original reference is listed, would you make sure that is first?

Thanks again. --Open2universe | Talk 14:53, 9 February 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please improve your edits. edit

Please instead of writing:

== Name ==
''Bacidia circumspecta'' ([[Nyl.]] ex [[Vainio]]) [[Malme]], 1895
== Basionym ==
''Lecidea bacillifera'' var. ''circumspecta'' [[Nyl.]] ex [[Vain.]], 1883
== Synonyms ==
''Bacidia quercicola'' ([[Nyl.]]) [[Vain.]] <br>
''Bacidia bacillifera'' ([[Nyl.]]) [[Fink]]

Please write:

== Name ==
''Bacidia circumspecta'' ([[Nyl.]] ex [[Vainio]]) [[Malme]], 1895

Basionym: ''Lecidea bacillifera'' var. ''circumspecta'' [[Nyl.]] ex [[Vain.]], 1883

=== Synonyms ===
''Bacidia quercicola'' ([[Nyl.]]) [[Vain.]] <br>
''Bacidia bacillifera'' ([[Nyl.]]) [[Fink]]

Thanks for your contributions!

Mariusm 15:42, 11 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Arthonia varians var. varians edit

Did you mean to remove this from Arthonia varians? It is now orphaned. Same with Arthonia vinosa var. vinosa being removed from Arthonia vinosa. If they are not valid, can we delete them? --Open2universe | Talk 02:35, 6 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Request for comment edit

There is presently a discussion on the use of daggers to denote extinct taxa. This will affect a large portion of the pages in wikispecies as the project grows so if possible please read the contributions so far and comment. Thanks --Kevmin 07:07, 11 January 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Re:Cercyonis page edit

Thank you for the suggestions. They were very helpful. Meganmccarty 16:16, 10 February 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Telotrema edit


Sofar i know belongs Telotrema to the family Gyliauchenidae. I want add more genera to Gyliauchenidae but i don't know how to do that. If i look to Digenea there are several classes. I sent you herewith an abstract from Zootaxa [1]


PeterR 17:04, 14 December 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Template edit

Hi :) If you aim to use "collapsible collapsed", it will be useful to make a template, I think. Ark (talk page) 21:10, 27 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I think about:
where template will be:
{|class="collapsible collapsed"
|{{ {{{1}}} }}

"{{ {{{1}}} }}" means: Template:{{{1}}}
Ark (talk page) 21:59, 27 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Look at Herpothallon sipmanii and comment, please. Ark (talk page) 22:10, 27 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Herpothallon sipmanii edit

Question: Why not move the page instead of converting it to a redirect and losing the edit history? --EncycloPetey (talk) 07:10, 17 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Template help edit

Don't worry ... someone else solved it for me! Stho002 (talk) 05:43, 23 April 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A bit off topic, but... edit

I'm working on a molecular characterization of Adiantum on serpentine in the mid-Atlantic, and I'm looking for Maryland sites. I've heard it occurs at Pilot Barrens and Soldiers Delight, but I don't have any really sound information. If you have any information, or any useful contacts to suggest, could you please let me know? My talk page is fine, or email (enabled). Thanks, Choess (talk) 16:09, 11 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for the useful links! Best, Choess (talk) 18:38, 11 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for all your references on the lichen!! Much gratitude :)

Admin? edit

As one of the most active users on Wikispecies, I wonder if you would accept to be nominated as one of its Wikispecies:Administrators? Dan Koehl (talk) 09:44, 13 April 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Global account edit

Hi Ed! As a Steward I'm involved in the upcoming unification of all accounts organized by the Wikimedia Foundation (see m:Single User Login finalisation announcement). By looking at your account, I realized that you don't have a global account yet. In order to secure your name, I recommend you to create such account on your own by submitting your password on Special:MergeAccount and unifying your local accounts. If you have any problems with doing that or further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me on my talk page. Cheers, DerHexer (talk) 01:03, 5 January 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Autopatrolled rights edit


Dear Ed Uebel, You have been granted autopatrolled user rights, which may be granted to experienced Wikispecies users who have demonstrated an understanding of Wikispecies policies and guidelines. In addition to what registered users can do, autopatrollers can have one's own edits automatically marked as patrolled (autopatrol). The autopatrol user right is intended to reduce the workload of new page patrollers and causes pages created by autopatrolled users to be automatically marked as patrolled. For more information, read Wikispecies:Autopatrollers.

  This user has autopatrolled rights on Wikispecies. (verify)

You may as autpatroller use the autopatroller user box on your user page. Copy and paste the following code on your user page:

{{User Autopatroller}}

Dan Koehl (talk) 21:30, 26 February 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Patrolling rights edit

After you were granted patroller user rights, it seems you did zero patrolling. (since you are autopatroller, the pages you edit gets automatically marked. But if you have patrolled pages , and marked them patrolled, your edit gets a "marked revision (number) of page (page name) patrolled")

If you dont wish to patrol pages, this is no problem at all, but please inform me if you tried and experienced any difficaulties, or if you have any questions.

Since you have not made use of your patroller user rights, I need to know if you still want to keep them, because you plan to use them in the future, or likevise. If you are not interested in patrolling, you dont need to do anything, and I will remove the user rights in a couple of days.

In any case you will keep your autopatrol user right, but there is no need for both.

But please consider carrying out daily patrols of new pages and edits made by users who are not autopatrolled.

If you want to try to patrol pages:

In Special:NewPages you can see the not patrolled new pages with yellow background. Presently there are probably none, since the pages made today and the last days has been made by users who already have 'autopatrolled' user rights. But if you do, or you choose to see the last 500 newly made pages, you may se files with yellow background. You can click on such a file, and scroll down to absolute down-right corner, where you can read "mark as patrolled" or similair, becasue the contributor does not have autoptarolled/patrolled user rights. When you click on the link, the file becomes patrolled.

But theres older files that need patrolling. In unpatrolled pages on recent changes, and you will see a list of unpatrolled pages. You will see a red colored ! in front of the unpatrolled file. If you click on each diff, you can mark the diff patrolled.

Dan Koehl (talk) 14:23, 18 March 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

1680 not patrolled edits (its even more than five!) Dan Koehl (talk) 16:56, 26 March 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Dear Ed, I removed your patrol rights since you havnt used them during the last month. You are still autopatrolled, and should you wish start patrol pages in the future, you will get your patrol rights back. Best regards, Dan Koehl (talk) 23:18, 26 March 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Opegrapha abnormis var. deletion edit

Hi. just a quick queston: why do you want the Opegrapha abnormis var. "x" pages deleted? –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 21:15, 24 May 2015 (UTC).Reply[reply]

Never mind. I figured it out, and now they are deleted. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 21:32, 24 May 2015 (UTC).Reply[reply]

re: Telopea edit

When a publication has an electronic and print ISSN, the correct procedure (afaik) is to redirect the former to the latter. Circeus (talk) 15:38, 5 January 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Caloplaca ferruginea edit

Redirect What are your plans with this entry? It originally had content, then was changed to a redirect, and now you have left it blanked. Are you working on a draft of it? If you respond here, please use {{Ping}}. Thanks. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:09, 27 December 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Share your experience and feedback as a Wikimedian in this global survey edit

Removals edit

See here Why are you removing all of these species from Acarospora? —Justin (koavf)TCM 17:50, 16 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Application for Checkuser edit

Referring to earlier discussions regarding a local Checkuser policy, I herebye apply to get Checkuser user rights, although we havnt reached a consensus reg Checkuser policy, but I want to give it a try if I can get the required votes. For a request to succeed a minimum of 25 support votes and an 80% positive vote are required (subject to the normal bureaucrat discretion). Requests for checkuser run for two weeks, and I ask kindly that somone starts the poll, like we do for adminship applications.

Please also note that CheckUser actions are logged, but for privacy reasons the logs are only visible to other Checkusers. Because of this, Wikispecies must always have no fewer than two checkusers, for mutual accountability. I dont want to suggest anyone, but hope that someone feel inspired and will step forward and also apply for checkuser.

My request to the Wikispecies community is here

Dan Koehl (talk) 01:40, 28 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Another application for Check User edit

As pointed out above by User:Dan Koehl, we need at least two Check Users for this wiki. I am nominating myself and would be happy to receive any feedback that you have to give (positive, negative, or neutral). Wikispecies:Checkusers/Requests/Koavf. Thanks. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 05:08, 28 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Additional Checkuser Application edit

I also have added my name to those willing to be a checkuser. Please see my application here Wikispecies:Checkusers/Requests/Faendalimas. I listed this yeasterday but have been encouraged to do a mass mail. I would also take the opportunity to make sure everyone knows that any editor can vote but that it is imperative that as many do as possible, for all 4 of the current applicants, please have your say. Checkuser voting has strict policy rules regarding number of votes. You will have other messages from the other Users concerned you can also read about it in the discussion on the Village Pump - Wikispecies:Village_Pump#Application_for_Checkuser. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:53, 29 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Standing for role of checkUser edit

Like some of our colleagues (who I support), I am offering to serve as a checkuser, not least to ensure adequate coverage in case one of the others is unavailable.

Please comment at Wikispecies:Checkusers/Requests/Pigsonthewing.

[Apologies if you receive a duplicate notification; I wasn't aware of Wikispecies:Mail list/active users, and sent my original notification to the list of administrators instead.] MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:59, 1 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

RFC on Checkusers edit

With one week to go I wanted to remind everyone of the importance of voting on the current CheckUser applications. They can all be found together on a single RFC: Wikispecies:Requests_for_Comment#Checkusers.

It is extremely important with votes such as this for everyone to be involved. There are strict rules in the Wikimedia Foundation Policy guidelines on these votes. I would urge people to have a good understanding of what a CheckUser does. This can be read up on here on the page discussing CheckUser's Wikispecies:Checkusers. Links on this page will take you to other policy information on Meta, HowTo for our site etc.

I would also urge people to look at our own policy development and some past discussion on this can be found here: Wikispecies_talk:Local_policies#Local_CU_Policy.

Wikispecies has in the past had issues that has required the intervention that is supported by the ability to do a CheckUser. Many of us are aware of this. The capacity to do this ourselves greatly speeds up this process. Although SockPuppetry can sometimes be identified without using a CheckUser in order to do the necessary steps to stop it or even prevent it requires evidence. We all know that sockpupets can do significant damage.

This is an important step for Wikispecies. It is a clear demonstration we can run ourselves as a Wiki Project part of Wiki Media Foundation. When I and several others first discussed this we knew it would be difficult at the time to meet all the criteria. We have only now decided to try and get this feature included in Wikispecies. By doing this it can lead to other areas where Wikispecies can further develop its own policies. In some areas we have unique needs, different to the other Wiki's. It is timely we were able to develop all these policies.

Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 14:15, 4 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Patroller? edit


Dear, Ed Uebel! Would you accept to be a Patroller on Wikispecies? Wikispecies need more Patrollers and presently there is only 35 out of 150 active users.
Please see Patrollers for information about patrollers rights. If you are positive, I can nominate you on the requests for patroller rights on your behalf.

Dan Koehl (talk) 14:20, 4 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Request for vote reg use of BASEPAGENAME edit

The previous discussions regarding if we should subst:ing BASEPAGENAME and change all [[BASEPAGENAME]] into [[susbt:BASEPAGENAME]] did not really reach a consensus.

Please vote here on the Village pump!

If you are not sure on your opinion, you can read and join the discussion about the claimed advantages and disadvantages of using BASEPAGENAME

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:29, 11 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikispecies Oversighter edit

Wikispecies has no local Oversighter. Since I had the communitys confidence regarding the previous application for Checkusers rights, as per local Oversight policy on META, I hereby apply to get Oversighters user rights, as a request to the Wikispecies community.

Application is located at Requests for Comment.

Please also note that Oversighter actions are logged, but for privacy reasons the logs are only visible to other Oversighters. Because of this, Wikispecies must always have no fewer than two oversighters, for mutual accountability. I don't want to suggest anyone, but hope that someone feel inspired and will step forward and also apply for oversighters rights.

Dan Koehl through MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 15:01, 3 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Oversight nomination edit

Please refer to Wikispecies:Oversighters/Requests/Koavf for a second Oversight nomination. Note that we must have at least two Oversigthers in order for anyone to have these user rights. All feedback is welcome. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:50, 3 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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