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If you have an opinion. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 08:26, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

March 2020 Tree of Life NewsletterEdit

At the request of Another Believer, I'm transcluding the Tree of Life Newsletter for this month, which features a story about WikiProject COVID-19. Enwebb (talk) 20:56, 2 April 2020 (UTC)

March 2020—Issue 012

Tree of Life

Welcome to the Tree of Life newsletter!
Newly recognized content

  Argentinosaurus by Slate Weasel and Jens Lallensack
  Wolf by LittleJerry
  Horseshoe bat by Enwebb, reviewed by Chiswick Chap
  Cimicidae by Cwmhiraeth and Chiswick Chap, reviewed by Enwebb
  Coronariae by Michael Goodyear, reviewed by Dank
  Ardipithecus ramidus by Dunkleosteus77, reviewed by starsandwhales
  Ooedigera by Dunkleosteus77, reviewed by Hog Farm
  Bathyphysa conifera by Awkwafaba, reviewed by Chiswick Chap
  Calliphora vomitoria by Y.shiuan, reviewed by Jens Lallensack

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  Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations by Britishfinance
  Bathyphysa conifera by Awkwafaba
  Moniliformidae by Mattximus
  Disease X by Britishfinance
  Mandarin Patinkin by Rhododendrites

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Confused on how to update rabbit hemorrhagic disease taxoboxEdit

Hi folks, I am updating the page on Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease and noticed that the taxobox information Template:Taxonomy/Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus is outdated. The current taxonomy is ; the virus has been reclassified as Riboviria > Orthornavirae > Pisuviricota > Pisoniviricetes > Picornavirales > Caliciviridae > Lagovirus > Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus. I am not a coder, and don't want to mess up your template. Is there someone here who can fix this for me, or explain how to do it? The taxobox help page is way over my head. Thanks very much for your help,Rabbit Vet (talk) 15:37, 25 April 2020 (UTC)

@Rabbit Vet: you’re already off to a great start. You don’t need to be a programmer, but head here for an introduction to the whole thing. Let us know if anything is confusing, so we can make things clearer. I already updated the taxonomy templates for Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus]], but as the 2019 ICTV release just came out, there is a LOT of work to do. --awkwafaba (📥) 18:14, 27 April 2020 (UTC)

ICTV 2019 taxonomy releaseEdit

The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses recently released an updated higher taxonomy of all viruses. There are now four realms (previously there was one) and many new kingdoms, phyla, classes, etc. This will require new articles to be created and many existing articles to be updated. See here. @User:Velayinosu @User:Awkwafaba Ypna (talk) 03:11, 26 April 2020 (UTC)

"Realm" made principal rankEdit

The WP:Autotaxobox system defines some ranks as "principal", meaning that they are always displayed automatically in a taxobox. These ranks include regnum, phylum, divisio, classis, ordo, etc. It seems to me that virus realm is also a "principal rank" and I have altered {{Principal rank}} to include "realm". It may take some time for the change to percolate through the system; a real or "null" edit will force a taxobox to update. So there's no need to add |always_display=yes to taxonomy templates at the rank of realm. Peter coxhead (talk) 18:38, 28 April 2020 (UTC)

Good idea. Thanks. Ypna (talk) 02:23, 29 April 2020 (UTC)

do taxonomy templates need assessment templates?Edit

i.e. do Template:Taxonomy/Riboviria and the many pages like that need assessment templates on their talk pages? Velayinosu (talk) 02:10, 10 May 2020 (UTC)

I don't think they "need" them – what is their purpose? What is gained by having them? But some editors like to add them where it's clear which WikiProject is involved, which would be the case for viruses, for example. It does no harm. Peter coxhead (talk) 07:19, 10 May 2020 (UTC)
They're not necessary. You can add them if you want, but there is very little benefit to doing so (primary benefit I can think of would be to alert the project to deletion discussions, but taxonomy templates aren't likely to be nominated for deletion). Plantdrew (talk) 02:03, 11 May 2020 (UTC)

Use of italics on Bat viromeEdit

Hi, I just nominated Bat virome for GA. Would anyone mind going through and fixing my use of italics for virus taxonomy? I don't really have a good grasp of what should be italicized and what shouldn't. Thanks in advance, Enwebb (talk) 23:04, 17 May 2020 (UTC)

Factual error: Hepadnaviruses pageEdit

Hi team, I don't have rights to edit the hepadnaviridae page, but it states that "a) Hepatitis B virus uses the reverse transcriptase enzyme to convert DNA into RNA, just like retroviruses." This is actually not correct; reverse transcriptase converts RNA to DNA. The source cited for this assertion states (correctly): "1) Hepatitis B uses a reverse transcriptase to form DNA from RNA as retroviruses do."

If somebody with 30/500 rights could look into this, I would be obliged.

Thanks, Sil — Preceding unsigned comment added by Treesilhouette (talkcontribs) 14:46, 21 May 2020 (UTC)

Thanks, the error was added here [1] by, I suspect, a student editor. There have been many similar errors added to virus articles in the past few weeks. It might be the case that the students are not being supervised. Graham Beards (talk) 14:53, 21 May 2020 (UTC)
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