POTW-when is a gobi not a gobi?
Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:58 PM
The subject of our most recent POTW contest was "gobbies."
The winner (by public vote) was a lovely image of a fang tooth blenny.
Since blennies and gobbies aren't even related, should the result stand?
I have an opinion, but would welcome others!
Posted 25 July 2012 - 11:53 PM
Ans: When it's a blenny!! :-D
Taxanomically speaking- no. I mean.... If it looks like a duck ......but clucks like a chicken.... then...do you still call it a duck?
Looking at the entries- methinx the line between blenny and goby has been blurred to the point of bokeh! :-D
Well- at the end of the day- it's all about the public vote- so vox populi applies.
The people have spoken.
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 12:17 AM
Posted 26 July 2012 - 02:50 AM
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 04:07 AM
There are of course weekly titles that allows people to enter more or less whatever subject the photographer wishes to enter, and that is perfectly fine. However, in the competitions with more stringent titles, either defined by systematics or by a strict subject, I believe that the subject should at least have some relationship to the title. I guess one could get away with a lot on subject titles (a wreck competition could potentially have an ice berg in it with the title "Titanic II" for example), but I believe that systematic titles should have entries with a subject included in the title. And, as a blenny belongs to a different suborder than a goby, I would think that a blenny should be disqualified from a goby competition. But then again, a cephalopod is without doubt more different to fish than blennies are to gobies, so I might be way to restricted in my view on the organization of nature .
Cheers Bent (who spends quite large parts of my life teaching differences between whales and fish, mice and bats, flies and bees and so on and on and on...)
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:21 AM
Edited by randapex, 26 July 2012 - 08:22 AM.
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:51 AM
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 09:50 AM
Once it has been voted for and won it unfortunately shows that no one knows the difference and so to remove it would be calling everyone who voted out as well as the entry. Maybe use it as a lesson .. lets do an id thread where common misnomers can be addressed such as this.