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I live in a town with many elderly photographers. What kind of camera would you seek to replace whatever it was that got wet? Cheers! Ellin Beltz (talk) 16:07, 8 December 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Ellin Beltz for the comment. The damaged camera was a Sony A33. As the lens and flash are OK, a Sony camera (like A77 II) may be the economical choice. If go for a different brand, I need to find matching lens too. (It is difficult to send old camera to India as it attracts customs duties.) Jee 16:32, 8 December 2015 (UTC)
Bummer about the customs duties. When you get a new Kickstarter going, let me know, I'll contribute. I like your photos. Ellin Beltz (talk) 01:17, 9 December 2015 (UTC)
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Hi Jeevan, I just saw this blog post stating that you helped identify a new species of crane fly. That sounds great — can you give me some pointers to more details? Thanks, -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 00:39, 9 January 2016 (UTC)
Thanks — fascinating! Have you discussed how to proceed? Do you have any further materials (photos, sound, video, samples, local name etc.)? I am interested in such online discoveries (a similar one is here) and would like to help document what is known about this taxon. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 04:46, 9 January 2016 (UTC)
It is interesting, Daniel Mietchen. I know Kurt; he is my friend in Flickr and Facebook. I'm a fan of his works too. I too was advised by Pjotr Oosterbroek to collect specimens and hand over to local universities or natural history museums for further studies. I will try though this is not very common here. I had studied related literature available in http://ccw.naturalis.nl/ and other sites (1, 2, 3) to understand their habitat. It is interesting as their larvae occur in aquatic and semi-aquatic freshwater habitats as of odonata.
I definitely interested to study more, especially about their habitat. I will try to record their behavior too in a video. It is very interesting as I mentioned in file description. Thanks; your help is highly appreciated. Jee 15:41, 9 January 2016 (UTC)
That all sounds good. Another interest of mine are taxon descriptions that are rich in data (e.g. this one) — would be happy to help with that. Please keep me posted on how you move forward, including on problems you might encounter on the way. Thanks, -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 01:28, 10 January 2016 (UTC)
Daniel Mietchen, I wish to proceed that way; but still don't know how to collect a specimen and to preserve it without damages. I've some contacts with entomologists in nearby colleges and Zoological Survey of India. But none of them have good experience on Tipulidae. I'll try my best to find a suitable expert.
One general issue I am facing is we've not enough experts in all Arthropoda orders in India (or may not available to help us). So I usually get helps from outside India for orders like Ascalaphidae, Tipulidae and Asilidae. It is very difficult to make species level identification from photos of such small animals.
Another issue we're facing in Wikimedia is our ID help forums are scattered in several language Wikipedias like English, German and French. It is very difficult for us to participate in other language forums. So I tried to set up a common platform in Commons. But that discussion seems dead after some initial comments. Hope we can do something. Jee 03:07, 10 January 2016 (UTC)
I agree that specimen identification is an issue we have yet to address efficiently, but I am not sure what the best approach would be, since such a page can only function well if people with relevant knowledge come in on a regular basis. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 03:29, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
Hello Jee, I have always thought that too much discussion kills goodwill, if we want such page, we must create ourself a draft, and subdrafts, in small people groups to avoid endless discussions on the color of the sky...and when we have a satisfying page or page system we move them to Commons namespace. Christian Ferrer(talk) 08:34, 10 January 2016 (UTC)
Yes Daniel Mietchen; I agree with you that we can't do much without the support of subject experts. And those experts may not be much in photography; so their presence here may less compared to Wikipedia(s). Christian, I pinged Arp on his talk to know the status of his efforts. I think he setup a test page long ago. Jee 17:51, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
Until there won't be a plateform, the experts will not come as we can't ask them to built it....Christian Ferrer(talk) 18:39, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
Christian, do you have an idea how to proceed from this? Jee 01:08, 12 January 2016 (UTC)
hm; the idea is not bad, but I think in another way, we have an exemple just under our eyes : the FPC page, if transposed is needed
a ID request page
a ID request list (transcluded in the page above)
for each image needing ID, a subpage (all transcluded in the list above)
a ID request archive (to stow the closed identifications)
a template to put on the file page for when the request is open "there is currently a discussion regarding the identification of this species, see [[Commons:ID request/File:thing needed ID.JPG]]
a template to put on the file page for when the request is closed "this species have been identified following this discussion, see [[Commons:ID request/File:thing needed ID.JPG]], if you want this discussion re-open please follow these instructions.....".
Of course we have no BOT and all must be done manually, but if it run for FPC with a lot of candidate, I don't see why the system will no work here, the nomination are kept in the log, we can access it from the FP template on the page...that can easily work for identification in this way IMO...Christian Ferrer(talk) 05:49, 12 January 2016 (UTC)
Hello, the draft is available, the request process seems to work well...
On the exemple of ID requested, I put a template on the file page in the purpose the visitors of the file page are aware and can access to the discussion. But the template need to be reworked and to accept parameters...Christian Ferrer(talk) 05:32, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
Nice attempt. I think the caption ("Arthropod identification") can be more broad to accommodate other organisms too, including plants and fungi. Jee 16:22, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
Ok, I must work again on templates for the files too as this is not yet ok, there is a discussion page if you have some ideas. Christian Ferrer(talk) 16:40, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
@Ellin Beltz: There about 2000 files to be uploaded. --AntanO 17:53, 22 January 2016 (UTC)
@AntanO: I'm not an OTRS editor, sorry. But in general books don't go on Commons. Ellin Beltz (talk) 17:55, 22 January 2016 (UTC)
I am sure about general books as PDF in Commons, but I see big number of PDF files here. Can PDF can be uploaded here in Commons. Do we have any guidelines? --AntanO 18:04, 22 January 2016 (UTC)
Yes; books in PDF is acceptable in Commons. Earlier, I had license reviewed Konkani Viswakosh. But we can review a license available in public space like http://www.tamilvu.org/. Otherwise this need to be sent to COM:OTRS so that they can verify the license. Pinging Ravidreams too as he seems involved. I just saw a post at VPC too. Jee 01:56, 23 January 2016 (UTC)
Could you have a look on File:Woodwork from Kashmir.jpg? Is cc-by-nc-nd-2.0 not compatible with the Commons? Is there any tool that I can use for checking compatible files in Flickr? --AntanO 10:09, 4 February 2016 (UTC)