Delete taxon "Working Group" projects and move discussions to the forum (cc: @loarie)

These types of conversations about broader taxonomic issues would be better held on the forum, where anyone can ask a question or start a conversation. In fact that’s already happening, such as with the Clements 2019 discussion.

Right now interested participants—who are not project curators—must use the comments section of an existing journal post in the working group, which is an unnatural way to have a discussion since the journal post might be about a completely different topic. (I also left most of them because I don’t want the little badge displaying on all of my observations—the working group doesn’t really relate to my observation of a particular species at that time and place.)

I don’t think each working group should be relegated to a single topic, and conversely splitting each working group into its own category seems like overkill. I think the various discussions can be hosted in taxon flags when relevant, and the broader discussion topics categories here like #curators, #general, and #feature-requests.


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I agree that we need a successor to the Taxonomic Working Groups, but I don’t think they should be deleted only because past Journal entries should be documented.

I’d love to see us migrate these discussions to the Forum since it’s built for discussion, but I would prefer if we there were still dedicated sections for specific groups of Taxa.

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I’d personally rather have some kind of section or page that has links to the working groups. There is so much content here, that finding or even searching for something can be overwhelming, plus the user base on the main site is much larger. I’m sure there are folks who are not interested in participating here.

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How about a single new Forum category, “Taxonomic Working Groups.” Within that category, a single pinned topic for each existing (and future new) subgroups, each starting with the words “PLEASE READ BEFORE ADDING A NEW TOPIC”, and each starting with a post either linking to and summarizing the existing relevant journal post, or copying it verbatim.

Then, with that infrastructure in place, allow further topics and posts as in the General category, which moderators can tidy up and cross-link as needed.

Seem workable?

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I’d lean towards setting up a dedicated forum/subforums for this, because the project format for doing this is an awful kludge. At least in the case of plants, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of feedback, either.