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Changing wikilinksEdit

Please read WP:NOTBROKEN. There was no need to change the wikilinks in Cooksonia; they were perfectly ok as they were. There are good reasons for linking to redirects; in particular it's possible that when more formal classifications of the land plants are produced (there's a state of flux just now) the English names and the formal ranks will have a different correspondences. As for C. pertoni versus C. pertonii, this is open to debate as I've explained in a footnote in the article and on the talk page. I think it should be C. pertonii, but I accept that both are in use and the original name is probably somewhat more common in the literature.

("Amended" versus "emended" is an interesting linguistic point. The genus Cooksonia can be given the authority "W.H.Lang emend. Gonez & Gerrienne", as "emend[avit]" is the technical term used in the ICBN (or ICN as it is now). So I prefer the English "emended", but "amended" is more common and has more or less the same meaning.) Peter coxhead (talk) 12:40, 10 May 2012 (UTC)

Hi Peter coxhead. Thank you for your correction. I won't do it again. Perhaps a bit of explanation of my reasons for doing so can be helpful: most of my editing of Wikipedia is in the Dutch language version, where there is a standing policy against linking to redirects.
As for the species name: I have no preference for C. pertoni or C. pertonii, but it seems to me that a Wiki must use only one. I'm not a botanist, so my knowledge about botanical nomenclature is spotty. If Cooksonia were an animal the matter would be simple. Zoologists use the rule: when a name is valid priority wins. Appropriateness or linguistic correctness is no reason to change a name and junior synonyms or orthographical variants must be suppressed. Magere Hein (talk) 14:36, 10 May 2012 (UTC)
I agree that the Zoological Code is clearer in this respect; precisely when within the Botanical Code you are allowed to correct the original author's Latin errors or mis-spellings isn't always clear, as in this case. I think that within the spirit of Wikipedia policies it is right to use whatever is the majority usage in reliable sources, which seems to be "pertoni" not my preferred "pertonii".
When I look at or occasionally edit other language Wikipedias (German and Spanish often have good plant articles – Dutch is beyond me!), I do notice differences in policy, particularly over referencing, but I hadn't noticed different approaches to wikilinking. Interesting... Peter coxhead (talk) 16:30, 10 May 2012 (UTC)

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