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I searched for Geodorum densiflorum today via my emonocot Scratchpad and it's not picking up images that I have seen in the Swiss Orchid Foundation's World Orchid Iconography database.
The Web Service to SOF, that Ed Baker, Lucienne de Witte and others set up over two years ago, still seems to be down.
Do you know if it's a problem at the SOF end of the pipeline, or within Scratchpads? If so, has any technical support been offered to SOF to help to resolve this?
Is it possible to change the view of "Location" (in Location alone and in the Specimen view) to display the actual coordinates of the selected point (e.g. http://macrostomorpha.info/node/4633)? The maps are nice, but to extract the location it would be good to be able to select the the coordinates. Moreover, can the coordinate format and precision be adjusted?
I seem to be unable to add some images that I know exist on the site to a specimen. When I open the "Select Media" tab I can either Upload, or search "Library" or "My Files" (I assume the latter only searches the ones I have uploaded myself?).
So I select "Library" and enter the beginning (2006-11-09_13) of an image file that I know exists on the site (i.e. 2006-11-09_13-46-46.JPG or http://macrostomorpha.info/file/1517) and it finds nothing. Some other files I seem to be able to find in this way, and I have no idea why that should be.
A few thoughts on the "People" section:
- Why do I now have to fill in information that was not previously required when the users registered?
- Why do I need to fill in some fields even if I only want to delete a user (that sometimes also happens when bogus users register, which happens every few weeks)?
- what is the difference between the "Given names" and the "Other/Given name(s)" fields, both of which are mandatory?
Possibly this has something to do with the other issue I posted today, but maybe 1 hour ago I had 589 image files in the "Taxonomic drawings and images" image gallery, and now there are only 114. I have added a biot of text to the gallery description, but that should probably not have messed things up.
Also, it seemed before that despite the fact that some files were actually shown in that image gallery, this gallery was not actually listed in the editing dialog. Any ideas what is going on? It would seem that the format by which the nodes are tagged has changed. Is that so?
PS: Sorry that I have so many issues, but I am finally finding some time to look into my v2.0 site, and I find it hard to get things working again. It seems my site has a lot of legacy code/settings (it was one of the first after all), and that seems to make everything more tricky. I have actually been wondering of it would not be easier to start all over again. Any thoughts on that?
After deleting a series of image galleries I see what I think may be some 'ghosts' of these galleries in the Gallery section of the left sidebar. These are only four digit numbers that lead to an odd error when I click on them.
it would seem that the v2 scratchpads now render the specimen names with a hyphen/minus (i.e. "-") between the Institution code, Collection code and Catalogue number, which is problematic because I have already published specimens without these hyphens (Schärer et al. 2011, PNAS). These hyphens now mean that a search of these original specimen names (e.g. MTP LS 144) will not find the current specimens (i.e. MTP - LS - 144) anymore on the scratchpads.
Please fix this immediately, or at least make the hyphens optional. You really can't just change stuff like that. Moreover, the specimen names are rendered as MTP - LS - 144 on the page (i.e. with spaces) and as MTP-LS-144 in the URLs.
Following the successful resolution of bug 4151, the layout of my pages has changed. Previously, the taxon tree appeared on the left side and the other elements of a particular page (type) on the right. Now, the taxon tree takes up the entire screen width meaning that one has to scroll down through the whole of that to get to the rest of the page content, which likewise takes up the full screen width. This occurs on all tabs except "distribution", where the Taxon Tree simply fails to open, being replaced by the rotating "loading in progress" icon. The columns on the home page have also disappeared, the elements now appearing sequentially top to bottom.
Can I please have my layout back the way it was?
Hi team, I was just trying out the twitter functionality, but couldn't get it to work on my site. http://threatenedplants.myspecies.info/content/twitter
I tried to follow the help pages here: http://help.scratchpads.eu/index.php?title=Special%3ASearch&search=twitter&go=Go
Hello again! In the spirit of users who would like to occasionally synchronize their Scratchpad classification with eg: WoRMS, I have been testing methods to switch out an old classification for an updated one, on a Scratchpad with existing content. For files content (eg: images, video) attached to taxa, the following works except for one problem. Possibly that problem should be fixed, or possibly I should use another method.
Create new Taxonomy
import provider classification into new taxonomy
delete old Taxonomy
download file_importer_image template. search/replace "|" in the [Taxonomic name (Name)] column and upload new template.
This worked fine in that it attached the content to names in the new Taxonomy. However, the content was also still attached to nodes (now nameless) from the deleted taxonomy. These nodes were listed in the file_importer_image template by their TID, and I was hoping that deleting them in there would detach the content from the dead nodes, but that seems not to have worked.
If that's a bug and can be fixed, great, we probably have a method for manually syncing a Scratchpad to a major provider classification with a few fairly brief chores. Of course, this only works if the content has something in the [Taxonomic name (Name)] field, and assuming those names all appear in the new classification. The latter assumption is probably reasonable to make the responsibility of the Scratchpadian wishing to update the classification. Also, I have not tested this kind of method on taxon description or biblio objects (the latter auto-attached by taxonomic keyword)
If there's a different method that I should be using, that's cool too.
I had a user complain today that she couldn'tupload pics on this link: http://phasmid-study-group.org/content/report-uk-phasmid-sightings because she kept getting the attached error emssage. She reported:
"I have three photos so first I tried to upload a single zipped file but it failed because of size (2.1 vs 1.9 MB limit) so then I tried loading the three separately. The first would upload but when I hit the second to upload I would get the “attack” message. My only suspicion is that I work in Ireland on a computer network that’s based in Germany so perhaps your site was a bit suspicious of the mixed ips or something"
She was not logged in at the time.
Please can you see what caused this? It seems to work ok for me (not logged in), but obviously we need to be aware what the cause is.
When we go to the "Taxon Description" listing, at the bottom of the page there are a number of page options in the bottom left corner and "Next" and "Last" buttons on the right.
It would be a great efficiency aid to able to nominate a page number to go to. Please could this be added?
The grid option for taxon description here http://doryctinaekey.myspecies.info/#overlay-context=&overlay=admin/content
doesn't run the native slickgrid but one of my block test (a customised view)
Please will it be possible to have the original slickgrid view on the content page for Taxon description?
Thank you for your help.
When I received my new Scratchpad welcome email (pasted below) and selected the one time login link, the page I was taken to had a login button, which I selected. I was redirected to the Scratchpads homepage.
Dear Jen Hammock,
Your new Scratchpad "EOL Students" has been created for you.
You can now login to EOL Students by clicking on this link or copying it into
This is a one-time login, so it can be used only once.
Once you have logged in, you will need to set your password by visiting:
If you experience any problems help is available on the Scratchpad help wiki
 and by using the "Issues..." tab once logged into your Scratchpad.
The Scratchpad Team
For excel import template of taxon descriptions, could we have a column for Author, please?This will be super important for migrating LifeDesks. Author appears to be an overwritable text field now in the taxon description edit form, there's just no place for it in the template.
Bug #4142 (Active): In Excel classification import, parent child relationship isn't detected unle...
In the excel template for classification import, any children that appear above their parents in the list are placed at the root of the classification. Got around the problem on http://eolhotlist.myspecies.info/ (biota) by ordering names by rank, but I'm expecting to have the same problem on other new Scratchpads whose classifications don't have ranks. Help!
Numerous rows are broken over several lines (e.g. line194-197) which means that the file cannot be parsed correctly.
The "access denied" stays also when I'm logged in.