User talk:Evmore~specieswiki

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Hello, and thanks for your work on viruses. You asked for some feedback, let me try to address a few points.

  1. English text is unacceptable on wikispecies. This is because wikispecies has a very specific target. In the future the data of wikispecies will be scripted into a database 'wikidata', which will serve in the aide of all wikipedia's. It is exactly because of this reason, that you will only find data, and in principal no text. Text is only used to describe the data. See also Help:General_Wikispecies for a little more information. I think the reversion of your edits has to do with the addition of english text.
  2. I see you stick to formatting standards, considering the limitations virus taxonomy is placing upon us, and I'm happy you are doing this work. There are a few points though that are not fully standard, but I'm not sure whether this is because of the specific limitations of the virus classification, or because of the lack of knowledge about our formatting standards.
    1. I see the nomenclature is using English words. I'm unaware of virus classification, but in general wikispecies uses Linnean nomenclature (binomial latin names). Do viruses have a nomenclature like this? If it does, that nomenclature has to be followed. Remember with this respect that wikispecies is language-independent, so favoring English over for example Chinese is not done. We use Latin as this has been the consensus of the scientific world for more than 250 years.
    2. I see you place links to wikipedia in the reference section. I would urge you not to do that. We are also part of the wikimedia foundation, and as such wikipedia and wikispecies is one project. This self-referencing therefore should be avoided. Linking to wikipedia's can be done in a Vernacular names section or an Interwiki section.
    3. I have a little doubt as to whether for example prions should have entries on wikispecies. I must admit we don't have a clear rule that says what can be included into wikispecies and what not. In general I would say wikispecies is a directory of living organisms, and I'm not sure prions are actually living. I hope you can give us some ideas on this problem.

This is a little feedback. Remember that some general rules specific to wikispecies can be found on Help:Contents.

Finally, I hope you can sign up for a username, it is easier to talk :) --Kempm 11:23, 14 December 2006 (UTC)

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Thanks for your reply on my talk page. I have decided to start a discussion about what to include on wikispecies and what not. I placed this in our Wikispecies:Village Pump, and I hope you can help us with giving your thoughts. Of course we have to draw a line somewhere, because there have already been discussions to include mineral stones, chemical elements, and computer virusses. Your specific know-how about viruses would be useful in this discussion, since viruses, prions, viroids, are somewhere on the borders of what I would describe as living organisms. I hope in the end we can formulate some rules on what is acceptable content and what not.

The classification for viruses is probably coming from the medical world in the first place, that's why the taxonomy and nomenclature for animals is so different, and nomenclature for viruses is not following the 'Linnaeus-standards'. But very understandable.

There's one more thing I'd like to ask you. A perfect wikispecies page connects a binomial name to a scientific description of an organism. We do this by giving the binomial name, holotype (a stored specimen in a museum), and a reference to the original description of the organism (probably describing the holotype). In addition we try to give the type locality. The place and conditions where the holotype was found. For bacteria there will probably be no holotype, but we use the term type strain, sort of a chemical formula, and for lichenous organisms we use the term host-substratum.

Could you think of a way to connect the virus name, to the original description of the virus? Further if you think you need special formatting for virus taxonomy, feel free to elaborate. I wouldn't be surprised if viruses benefit from a different system. --Kempm 09:03, 16 December 2006 (UTC)

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