How to use the Assessment Forum


How the forum works

 

Assessments are organized hierarchically by categories and topics such as region or taxonomic group. Each major category will group a working set of topics (such as a country within a region, regional endemics, or specific genera or families) which in turn will group entries relating to individual species.

 

Each entry will contain the compiled documentation on a species’ distribution (including a digital distribution map), population status, natural history, exposure and sensitivity to any threats, and any conservation requirements. This is the primary supporting documentation that assessors will use to determine the appropriate IUCN Red List category, applying the Red List Criteria. Entries are accompanied by a set of general questions relevant to key fields in the database (Distribution, Population, Habitats and Ecology, Threats, and Conservation) that may help inform the assessment process.

 

Each posted entry will be open to feedback for a period of up to three months, with the initial date set in the invitation to participate in a particular assessment project. Experts who contribute with novel and relevant information and who assist with the determination of the final assessment category will be acknowledged as assessors in the respective assessment. Experts will be acknowledged as contributors if they provide additional information which is incorporated into the final account but is not relevant to determining the assessment category (this can include such information as elevation or other data which is valuable to include in analyses but does not affect the determination of threat status). For more details on citations in the Red List see the Citation of assessments page.

 

Following the end of the feedback period, the new information provided via the forum will be compiled and incorporated into the existing accounts, including the proposed assessment category and criteria. These final accounts will be reposted and the assessors notified when this has been done. These will be open to final feedback and review for a period specified in the notification.

Please note that due to a glitch in the system, contributors names are not displayed in alphabetical order, as they would be once published in the Red List Assessment.

 

How to navigate posts on the site

 

Posts may be organized in several different ways: typically this will be by geographic region or taxonomy. Any post can be found by either of these means. Assessments are organized hierarchically by categories and topics such as region, taxonomic group, etc. Each major category will group a working set of topics (such as a country within a region, regional endemics, or specific genera or families) which in turn will group entries relating to individual species. Use the menu on the right side of the page to navigate through posts.

 

Use the drop down menus until you find the species you wish to look at. If you wanted Elapsoidea chelazzii, you could do it by going to Taxonomy > Reptiles > Elapsoidea > Elapsoidea Chelazzii; you could also do it by going to Region > Horn of Africa > Somali Endemics > Elapsoidea chelazzii.

 

How to comment on posts

 

If you would like to post your comments on any blog post, you can do so by filling out the form at the bottom of that post’s page.

Simply type what you wish you say in the text box, then click on the post as button in the lower right corner of the comment box.

Likewise, if you want to attach an image file to your blog post, use the +image button on the lower left of the comment box.

The Print Friendly button

The Print Friendly button at the bottom of each page was installed to make printing easier on users. If you wish to print out or even share any post, consider clicking the “Print Friendly” button.

Forum policies and etiquette

All forum messages are moderated; the moderator will usually be an IUCN Global Species Programme Staff member. The forum is open to all experts and interested parties, but there are some ground rules that need to be met so as to ensure a smooth online discussion process:

  1. Please restrict comments and suggestions to the topic and entry of choice; if you would like to open a new topic or discussion thread please contact the Forum Administrator
  2. Advertisement, spam, abusive, offensive or inflaming content will be removed
  3. A collegial and respectful exchange is expected from all forum users; users who do not abide by this expectation will be called upon by moderators, who reserve the right to suspend or ban the user from the forum
  4. Please do not post copyrighted material. The exception to this might be your own copyrighted materials (e.g. a thesis, photograph, or an open source document)
  5. Moderators reserve the right to delete posts of they find it reasonable to do so
  6. Please use a single forum account per user
  7. Please refrain from using text message substitutions (e.g. u r instead of you are) and internet lingo acronyms (e.g. LOL), as these may not be necessarily evident outside of an English-speaking context
  8. The opinions expressed by individual forum users are their own; they do not reflect or represent those of the moderators, the Biodiversity Assessment Unit, Conservation International, IUCN Global Species Programme staff members, or those of IUCN Specialist Groups or Red List Authorities

The discussion forum will not share or sell its user lists with any commercial entities; it will only share its user list with the CI-IUCN Biodiversity Assessment Unit and with Red List Authorities and Specialist Groups relevant to the individual user’s expertise, so as to keep the expert contact database current and to include expert emails in IUCN’s database system, Species Information Service (SIS) system.

For any enquiries about this discussion forum please contact Philip Bowles.

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