Viewing post #1145553 by auxirisAfter 13 years online, Cubits.org is scheduled to be shut down. Please make sure you have the contact information for all your friends, and that you download whatever content you want from this site.
|Hi Bonnie and thanks for your kind words. Normally, I don't like to criticise others for their efforts, but I do resent both the fact that my French language iris names are being misspelled and I also do not appreciate being kicked about because the AIS board of directors cannot be bothered to keep an eye on the "encyclopedia" part of their website. There was also the matter of one of my photos being posted (once again) but this time with another photographer's name on it. I have decided to publish the e-mail I finally got from Jim Morris after having to insist on an answer. The issue concerning accents being purposefully removed has been proven earlier in this thread; anyone can go to the historical background concerning my plants and see that the the proper accents were there in the first place but then removed without any explication, so it cannot possibly be a "software problem" as the AIS president continues to state. White's e-mail to me is even uglier so I will spare you all the text.
Regarding your complaints about the AIS Iris Encyclopedia, aka the Iris Wiki, I indicated in an e-mail to you April 22, 2015 that I had placed the subject on the agenda for the AIS board of directors meeting in May 2015. Before the meeting I sought an opinion from our Legal Counsel and information from our AIS Policy chairman. The subject was discussed in open session as you had requested. (what he doesn't say is that I had to wait until the 10th of June to have any further news)
First, we were dismayed that you would make some of the statements that you made to several members of our board without including Bob Pries in the distribution. We all felt that was discourteous to Pries as the Wiki manager and inappropriate by you. (I didn't include Pries because he never answers) There is no legal reason to provide an apology to you. The wiki clearly points out on every page, "Please do not enter images that are not your own without owners' permission, this is against Wiki policy." (they included this after I complained long and loudly about my photos being used without my permission, but it doesn't keep people from doing that)
Second, the use of accents in the proper names of irises appears to be a computer software problem. A detailed written report on the treatment of the problem with Languages on the Encyclopedia was provided to the board by the Public Relations and Marketing Committee. There has been no effort or intent by Wiki docents to "strip" French accent marks from iris names. (this is incorrect; see entry earlier in this thread)
Third, as to the paper certificates for HM and AM awards - they have not been used for many years and we have no intent to re-visit the subject.
AIS 1st vice-president Gary White's e-mail to you on June 9, 2015 probably sums up the opinion of most of the AIS board.
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