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Might you be proposing that France (and the Channel Isles) should be included in theTaxo-community of UK&I?
I have just formed this
Why are there so few agreements and almost NO interaction?

Thinko (corrected). (And Discourse demands more characters.)

why not adopt ‘Britain and NW Europe’ definition as adopted by most UK plant guides (I know its not just about plants…)?

It may surprise a few to see these UK&I Community Observations…
Random selection (period before Sept 3013)

and Spain

Same day change (Dual community)



Germany could do with a 2019 review (plant)


Scandinavia and Baltic is probably the same.

Just a few more before I get too old…
All of these are UK Community Observations
One from Sweden - showing that Global used to be an active Community

Danish plants (JoP)
Finish berries
Romanian salvia?
Romanian mullien
Romanian violets
Mount sinai rubus -

Syria was in the UK Community in 2012

Canada too

The Falkland Islands as well



Dual Communities
A hard-to-explain Dual Community Observation Placed here for my records. Sorry…

at the risk of BORING you (still sorry), did you know that parts of France are IN the UK Community?
It’s very hard to find the Community Boundaries in that area - @miked ?


Does this mean that the Channel Island have now been incorporated with the Britain and Ireland community?

(changed the links above)
No, I think not. When I flew nearer to Guernsey earlier in the original post, I crossed into Global.
I do HOPE that before the Community is changed someone will announce it and there ought to be more discussion anyway.

French insiders <… >
Who cares?

Excluding them from the main ‘UK lists’ is fairly common practice in some taxonomic groups. For instance the annual migrant moth and micro-moth reports tend to exclude them. The reason being that (regardless of their political status) their ecological status is much more like France than the UK.

But that’s not necessarily a reason for iSpot to do it (although if species known in the British Isles only from the Channel Islands are not included in the UKSI which forms the basis of the dictionaries that would be a good reason).

A clear example of Dictionary issues (thanks Mark Wilson)

You might read my comment there
Please remember this is NOT, specifically about dictionary differences but about Communities and Observation visibility.
Few people have SEEN Mark’s delightful 14 Spot Observation.
The proposal, about which Admin have not responded here, is about Communities. Parts, but but not all, of the Channel Isles are in the iSpot’s UK Community. Parts of France are in iSpot’s UK Community - seems odd!

I’ve followed this thread on and off: one reason I haven’t chipped in so far is simple ignorance. I do not recall how I initially ended up in the UK community. Did I make a choice, or was it assigned automatically due to location of my first post? It’s not something I bothered about, until the topic was raised here: I had little reason to think about “communities” until the rather fractious discussion over ZA users leaving.
It seems that,scientifically, there are pros and cons to including the Channel Islands in the UK community. So the more pertinent issue is, perhaps, “would it result in more users seeing more posts (of possibly limited interest/relevance), and thus generating more positive outcomes (identifications, explanations, helpful or witty comments)?”
If that would be the case, I can’t see why they shouldn’t be included.

Valuable thanks
there is no simple answer to any of this. I have compared Global posts with equivalent UK&I ones (year for year and organism for organism, say the same gull in 2016) . Nothing clear emerges, regarding visibility or user interest. Certain organisms get ignored or get a poor response in both Communities.
What emerges is that a few people (whose names you will know) DO browse Global and offer support in a number of good ways - that applies across the World - California to New Zealand, but mostly Europe. I think those people probably CHANGE COMMUNITIES to do that. And I would guess that very few users change communities, except by accident, perhaps when opening a TRUE Global Observation in the Carousel.

I could make a stronger case for boundary changes IF more people made Global Observations and if, say, iSpot was clearer about WHAT IS a Global post. A glance at the Help confirm global observations, shows that Global includes UK&I It is often only UK (funny that).

But there are some clear issues that need attention
This is in Normandy and is a UK Community Observation - Parts of Normandy and Brittany are IN the iSpot UK Community.

And this is in Jersey (which is in the Global Community)
It is a good example of how ‘invisible’ Global posts are because it has no input (as I write this) and yet is the same - NO input (as I write this).
As I ‘said’ it’s hard to make a case on visibility and interest.

I can make a better case for Dictionary interchange - that is, WE choose which Dictionary to use - proof for that desirability is easy to find (and is illustrated in this thread). BUT it only affects very few users.
Interchanging dictionaries/communities is currently possible but not really desirable.
I have softened my approach here because I have researched the issue fairly well
These conclusions are my own
1 Revise the UK-to-Global boundary to exclude France and INCLUDE all the Channel Isles (not just Alderney) and the waters around them though NOT too close to the French coast.
2 Include ONLY Global Observations in the ‘Help confirm global observations’ Carousel
3 Update the Dictionaries
4 Create a THIRD Carousel on the Home page RECENT GLOBAL OBSERVATIONS

Understand that enclosing the Channel Isles means only slightly better visibility and interaction but use of a Dictionary that includes seaweeds (the Global does not) that seems really minor and biased but I am trying to be constructive.
There seems NO point in making yet another wish list

Can I bore you more? Please?
Look at this potentially lovely Global project
And then see how the CoL dictionary deals with Slugs, Better, though, than seaweeds!

Please take time to wander a few of the (currently 51) observations in the project.
Help eliag (and me perhas?)

Bending Locations (with a Virtual Observation)


:star: this Thread is still alive. Is it well?

See this
Iceland in the UK Community 2012

Life before Spexit (UK Community Observations) - Nigeria

  • Equatorial Guinea

Forgotten community
I am still wondering HOW to browse and remain in, the Global Community.
Please can we have a Latest Global Carousel on the Home page?

The Community-cheat Fix
(This one needs the banner unlocked
Using different Dictionaries to get a Valid (Blue) ID panel