Language for taxonomic names, redux

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Feb 22 03:31:54 CET 2017

On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 6:22 PM, Doug Ewell <doug at> wrote:

The Reviewer makes the decision, not IETF. Actually, IETF has
> vanishingly little to do with this process.

Indeed, which is why I refer to him as Emperor Michael I.  Michael's
decisions can be appealed to the IESG (which has never happened in the 22
years he has been serving as Language (Sub)tag Reviewer), and in principle
he could be removed.  At one point I was asked, not by the IESG, whether I
would be willing to serve as LSR if Michael were to be removed.  I
declined, and replied in effect that he provided a much-needed
intransigence (not to say bloody-mindedness) to a process that would
otherwise be excessively lax.

John Cowan        cowan at
Evolutionary psychology is the theory that men are nothing but horn-dogs,
and that women only want them for their money.  --Susan McCarthy (adapted)
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