Trying to create a new taxon but am getting the "I ate iNaturalist.org, that's why it's not working error"

#1

Have been trying to create a new taxon this morning (cranefly species), but every time I press save changes I just get the whale shark error and it doesn’t work. Have tried using different computers, but can’t fix it.

#2

I’d be curious to try to replicate if you can provide steps to do so

#3

Dicranomyia punctipennis is the species, under parent taxon Dicranomyia.

I then provide https://ccw.naturalis.nl/documents/Theischinger,_1994b.pdf as the source and type in all the relevant reference details. From there I click save but can’t seem to make it work.

#4

Still getting the error 3 hours later.

#5

I wasn’t able to reproduce with the following steps:

  1. go to https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/new
  2. enter 173903 as the parent
  3. Dicranomyia punctipennis as Scientific Name
  4. Species as rank
  5. created a new source
  6. Save

The above successfully creates the species - can you explain how you’re getting the whaleshark?

#6

I literally followed the exact same steps you just wrote, and I still get the error??

#7

Just a shot in the dark here – that comma in the source URL that @thebeachcomber listed above seems like a potential choke point…

#8

can you provide what you’re entering in the source form?

#9

Title: The Limoniinae (Diptera: Tipulidae) of Australia
V. The genera Helius LE PELETIER & SERVILLE, Toxorhina
LOEW, Limonia MEIGEN (part), Tonnoiromyia ALEXANDER
and Collessophila gen. nov. (all tribe Limoniini) and Atarba
OSTEN-SACKEN, Amphineurus SKUSE, Erioptera MEIGEN,
Cheilotrichia Rossi, Gonomyia MEIGEN and Idiocera DALE
(all tribe Eriopterini)

In text: Theischinger, 1994

URL: https://ccw.naturalis.nl/documents/Theischinger,_1994b.pdf

Citation: Theischinger, G., 1994. The Limoniinae (Diptera: Tipulidae) of Australia
V. The genera Helius LE PELETIER & SERVILLE, Toxorhina
LOEW, Limonia MEIGEN (part), Tonnoiromyia ALEXANDER
and Collessophila gen. nov. (all tribe Limoniini) and Atarba
OSTEN-SACKEN, Amphineurus SKUSE, Erioptera MEIGEN,
Cheilotrichia Rossi, Gonomyia MEIGEN and Idiocera DALE
(all tribe Eriopterini). Stapfia 36, pp.37-276.

#10

Thanks - ok the error is that the title for a source can only be 255 characters long. But iNat should never give 500 errors (failwhales) so I’ll file an issue. Thanks for catching this.
https://github.com/inaturalist/inaturalist/issues/2246

#11

No worries Scott. So just shorten the title to ‘The Limoniinae (Diptera: Tipulidae) of Australia’?

#12

I thought it might have something to do with the source. That’s the only place I’ve ever found any form of error in creating a taxon (though I think I was also trying to be too fancy with the citation entry in adding links to different sections of a long document). I forget what I did in the end, but I got something to work well enough.

“The Limoniinae (Diptera: Tipulidae) of Australia V” would be my own thought for the title text - just in case anyone ends up citing anything else such as I - IV. If I count correctly, the 255 mark would fall in the middle of “Erioptera”.

#13

Cheers Jonathan