[Wikipedia-l] Taxoboxes.

James R. Johnson modean52 at comcast.net
Wed Aug 25 17:13:57 UTC 2004

To make the Taxobox language-independent, why not use Latin?  Isn't that
what is the standard?  Anything making the taxobox easier is welcome.


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[mailto:wikipedia-l-bounces at Wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Gerard Meijssen
Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2004 12:34 PM
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Subject: [Wikipedia-l] Taxoboxes.

One of the better longtime contributors on nl:wikipedia
[[nl:Gebruiker:Roepers]] mentioned today that he is not willing to spend
time anymore on taxoboxes. The time needed to create them takes too long and
he said that somebody else can do it. If this does not happen he will not

The reasons he gives are:
"* There is no agreement among taxonomists about what is correct. It is hard
to express these descrepancies.
 *Creating a taxobox is hard even for people with experience  *They take up
much room and they replace text.
 *New Taxobox technology continues to be created, the old ones are not
upgraded to the latest version  *Creating a taxobox is dreary work and, who
is interested in them anyway."

Copying a taxobox from en: to nl: takes a lot of time. It would be best to
have one taxobox that serves us all.

What is needed to create a truly standard Taxobox?

The Taxobox has to be language independent.
The Taxobox has to be acceptable to multiple wikipedia The diverse wikipedia
have to be willing to work together to create this standard Taxobox.

At this moment in time people turn there back on ToL things in other
wikipedia because things are not as easy as they can be.
At the same time we cry wolf because valuable resources may end up somewhere

My challenge to all wikipedia people interested in biology and the ToL: 
make taxoboxes so easy that it is just a matter of picking things up and
dropping them in the appropriate place. Make it usable for great people like
Roepers !!


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