Polish common names capital letters

Not sure if that counts as a bug, but in Polish common names have both words written in small letters. Example:

Cepaea nemoralis would be written wstężyk gajowy, not Wstężyk Gajowy - as it currently displays and is orthographic error.

Something to consider. :)

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Sadly for now it’s impossible to make first word appear with small letter, so consider it’s as a title. You can add names the way you want though (at the botton of taxon page they’re shown he way they were added), maybe one day it will be changed.

Because of the massive complexity of dealing with all the rules, exceptions etc across hundreds of languages, the site has decided upon a standard display format of capital case for all common names.

So this is not a bug, but rather intentional behaviour.

Great idea. See https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/curator+guide#names


Many languages have no rule or agreement on how they are formatted. Try getting consensus if English bird names are capitalized or not.

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Found in google groups: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/curator+guide#names

Managing it through the entry was dropped as it was impossible to maintain or manage as people would simply not know or worse knowingly disregard the guideline because they disagreed with it.

This along with the constant edit wars changing priority of names etc was the reason editing of names was restricted to curators and the standard display format adopted.

Might be a duplicate https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/auto-capitalizing-the-first-letter-in-the-second-and-following-words-of-the-common-names/35270

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Not exactly a bug, but rather an inaccuracy in design. In the website version (but not in the Android app!) the first letter of the second and following words is auto-capitalized in the displayed common names disregarding how it was indicated in “edit taxon”. Perhaps it’s ok in English to capitalize the first letter in each word of a species name, for sure it’s right in German and maybe in some other languages. But in many languages, namely in Ukrainian and Polish, probably also in most of other Slavic languages, it’s just wrong and looks very weird, almost the same as if an every second letter would be capitalized in each word. I’ve tried to use Ukrainian version with common names and I just can’t stand how weird it looks because of this (normally I’m using scientific names only).

It should be displaying exactly how it is indicated in the “edit taxon”, except maybe auto-capitalizing the first letter in the first word only same as in the scientific names. Especially considering that this is how it is in the Android app already.


It looks awful in English, too.

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Thanks, I moved the posts from “Auto-capitalizing the first letter in the second and following words of the common names” into this thread (above).

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