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Welcome to the Phylogeny Explorer Project Forums.
The actual project – the dendrogram/database (phylogenyexplorerproject.com) is an in-progress, academic source/resource that is building a unique, visual encyclopaedia of the complete evolutionary tree of all life, in as far as we can determine and evidence it.
It is educational, free to use, available to all, inclusive and non-profit, reliant on funding and volunteers.
The Forum is primarily concerned with related evolutionary material for/from scientists, academics, researchers and enthusiasts, but all audiences are welcome to help, contribute, learn and ask questions. If required, audiences can be separated into academic and more general groupings, if the demographic or populous determines this.
As a guideline to boundaries, pretty much anything relating to biology, evolution, climate change, geology, palaeontology or similar should be fine. If a topic seems to be moving away, we can either add the topic or have it wound down, as determined internally.
We have another separate section for more controversial or less related topics, (Alternative Forum), which is not sanctioned or material approved by the project or Forum owners, but may be of interest.
Layout of the forum topics
Please be aware that multiple topic/headers may unavoidably apply to articles or posts. If this is the case, please place or search in the most appropriate one and link/add to any other relevant ones too, for the most effective way to ensure people can find or see it. This won’t work out perfectly, even with close moderation, but hey, life is like that.
You will note we have (for example), ‘zoology’ and ‘botany’ as categories, (which are natural monophyletic clades in biology), but microbiology (a potential para/polyphyletic biological-type term) replaces bacteriology. This is because there are numerous species and structures across kingdoms that nicely fit into this more general and well known category, and most people, if not all, will logically recognise this, without the need (at least initially) to create multiple alternate or sub topics, which could cloud or go on forever and then information gets lost.
Initially, not all possible topics are listed, just the more likely and logical ones, to avoid confusion, unnecessary complexity and to save space and enable easier searching until/unless needed.
If anyone considers it pertinent to add, remove or replace a topic/sub topic, just ask an admin/moderator or go ahead if you have permission. If helpful, add a message as a notice or in an appropriate update/notices topic.
Follow any moderator instructions and Admins have the final say.
Ask if unsure/in doubt.
When posting, introduce anything that is long or lengthy (e.g. in written terms), unclear (an image?) or not immediately or obviously apparent – perhaps humour or reference to something outside of the post.
All well supported aspects and all reason-able/willing people are welcome. So, if you are claiming that there are groups of green aliens possessing some people’s bodies, if you are serious, then you could try conversing in the alternative Forum and if it transpires that your claims do get supported by significant, peer reviewed literature, it may be possible (via a moderator) to begin a thread in the main scientific Forum, though if it is distracting or driven by an assumed motive, Admins will make any necessary calls.
- Be polite and respectful
- Stick to the point and don’t unreasonably deviate – add additional posts if needed (this applies to posters and responders)
- Spend time om arrival on looking through past posts to familiarise yourself with protocol and etiquette
- Learn from any mistakes and other posters and information
- Use legitimate supporting evidence, links, references etc. with claims or information where possible and be aware of copyright and ethical considerations when doing so
- Consider what you write in posting or replying and understand something about good and fallacious arguments where presented, as your words remain for prosperity, so be humble and ready to learn, correct and/or apologise where necessary.
- Attack people personally or their views
- Make things political
- Unnecessarily use theism/atheism
- Block Admins
We welcome you; we hope you get something from it and we look forward to any contributions that you may make.