Date: 4/30/19 6:08 pm
From: 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Banding codes formerly 'GWWA Montgomery'
That’s very pragmatic Jared and hopefully everyone will be more comfortable seeing the occasional banding code given the ease with which these can be resolved.

Good birding

Clive Harris
Cabin John MD

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 30, 2019, at 9:55 AM, Jared Fisher <jaredfisher...> wrote:
>
> Rick, Clive, All,
>
> The 'rule' on use of banding codes may be better interpreted as a very strong suggestion. I don't admonish anyone for occasionally breaking this guideline, and, of course, posting hurriedly from the field about a rarity 100x trumps the 'rule' when it can be so quickly clarified by someone else if needed. I won't be changing this guideline because I believe it's best for clarity & archival/searching to avoid it's overuse. You are all correct that codes can be quickly looked up with google searches and are available in apps/books, but another issue is that people very often get banding codes incorrect when trying to abbreviate a bird's name down to 4 letters. I see this all the time even among groups where people 'know' the codes. In addition to thread derailments on correctly used codes, I can easily see situations where an ambiguous non-code would spawn 20+ emails wondering what someone meant by BTGW, BASW, or SASP.
>
> Jared Fisher
> MDBirding Moderator
>
>> On Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 9:07 PM 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>> Dear all
>>
>> I’d like to respectfully suggest to the moderator of the group that the rules of the group change to allow the use of abbreviations only.
>>
>> It’s 2019 not 1999 or 2004. When banding codes were first used it was hard to work out what they meant. These days we don’t even need an app to find bird codes. Google search on my phone gives “GWWA Golden-winged Warbler” as the first item when I type in “GWWA Bird Code. “. We are all reading these emails on smart phones or a laptop and can do this if we’re curious. If we’re not we can delete the email.
>>
>> We way see too few posts from the field here on this group. I am sufficiently bad at typing on my phone that it’s abbreviations or nothing from the field! I’d rather spend the time looking at the bird than correcting my typing particularly when it’s a species that turns up in the county a couple of times a year at best and that other people would want to, and in this case did, come to find.
>>
>> I’d encourage others to use banding codes if it would increase the number of emails from the field.
>>
>> TTFN (to save you all looking that up that’s “ta ta for now” - an English phrase).
>>
>> Clive Harris
>>
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> > On Apr 29, 2019, at 8:01 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
>> >
>> > I had "drafted" this response, but wanted to wait a bit to see
>> > developments. I had just gotten home after being passed on a blind
>> > curve/hill by an idiot who might have killed himself, me, and whoever
>> > might have been in the oncoming lane - all in an effort to save a few
>> > minutes on his commute. As luck would have it, there was no one in
>> > the oncoming lane. In that light, the old use of band codes vs full
>> > names debate was a little less pressing.
>> >
>> > Still having read Rick Borchelt's comments, I will add mine:
>> >
>> >> On 4/28/19, Edward Kirk <iekirk301...> wrote:
>> >> What is a GWWA?
>> >
>> > I was able to figure it out without too much thought, but we are
>> > supposed to use full names in posts the last I heard.
>> >
>> > So yes, tease us with the abbrev, but in the post somewhere use the
>> > full name. It's what we agree to do and it's polite too.
>> >
>> > Allowance, of course, for those in the field with only a cell & seeing
>> > a super rarity...GWWA doesn't really qualify...& even those folks
>> > should quickly follow up with a full name post when their hands stop
>> > shaking.
>> >
>> > Jim Speicher
>> > BroadRun/Burkittsville area
>> > [FR] Frederick County MD
>> > M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter
>> >
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