Lowercase taxonomy

Am I going crazy or did all of the taxonomic modifiers (e.g., Order, Family) switch to lowercase this afternoon?

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Seems like it’s case insensitive? pEnStEmOn also works…

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Seems to have changed indeed on Tuesday

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Yep, I just noticed it right now, which means it happened sometime within the last 6 hours (as that was the last time I’d checked the site). Definitely more noticeable if you have your preferences set to show the scientific name first.

Edit: ooh boy, look at the Identify interface.

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It’s making my eyes unhappy.

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Thank you for confirming. Also, thanks for all your spider IDs!

Tad unsettling for me too

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Is whomever made the change a big fan of camel case?

Seems to affect the Taxonomy tab too, here for Laetiporus:

genus Laetiporus

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And what about translations? They’re gone
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Strange. What reason to do this?

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eww should be in bug report

stateofmatter Life

That is horrible.

But weirdly the Chrome tab still says what it should
State of matter Life

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I’m not aware of any rule that says taxonomic rank designators must be in Proper case. If anything, the opposite may be true.

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I’m not sure whether this is taught in the taxonomic codes, but I would indeed write ranks in lowercase unless the rank were the first word at the beginning of a string of text, as is the case here.

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Thanks for the report. There have been updates with translations the last two days, and for now I assume this has been introduced erroneously.

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I think this might be a good development. When taxonomic modifiers are capitalized to adhere to a particular web/interface style, some people might assume that those words should be capitalized in sentences, too.

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It’s happened to these tabs when opening up an observation on the “Identify” tab as well.

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I like it. Makes it easier to separate the level from the name.

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Yes, that’s what I do while writing wikipedia articles.

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That’s weird they use it in the middle of sentence, if so, definitely worth keeping it lower case. Just bring the translation back.

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Wikipedia should be cap W. A proper name.

This should be fixed now. How’s it looking for you all?

(also, moved this to #bug-reports)

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