The fact that so much information was gathered on the “Big Tuskers” thread of elephants and tuskers over the years, the moderators’ team discussed how this information could be reserved for readers of the forums and for future generations to enjoy.
It is also deemed necessary to clear some uncertainties with reference to the Emerging Tuskers Project
vis a vis information on the “Big Tusker” thread
When you run a project and need photographical evidence only photos submitted via E-mail or directly on the projects’ website
may be used for the project. The reason being that by submitting photos in this way, the submitter automatically gives the project manager permission to use these photos in the project.
On the other hand normal postings of photos such as was done on the “Big Tuskers” thread does not give the project manager permission to use the photos for the project.
This is also the main reason why the existing Emerging tusker project of SANParks was affected, because Forumites did not submit photos via the SANParks email@example.com
website and or via the email firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the fact that our elephants are close to our hearts and that the emerging tusker project does not form part of the forums the following was suggested and approved to give us a chance to also participate on the forums as well:
1. A new Thread “SANParks Tuskers” was created that will consist of the following topics:
1.1 An “Identification Help – Tusker” thread where ‘mites can post photos, requesting the ID-ing and status of elephants found in SANParks (Currently KNP and Addo);
1.2 Separate topics for each individual SANParks named Tusker where discussions can take place and additional ID-et photos can be posted. A link to the “Elephant Hall” for each individual tusker was also added to read more about the tusker as well as to enjoy other topics on the “Elephant Hall” site; and
1.3 A new topic “SANParks Elephants” will be created where all elephants that are not classified as tuskers will find a new home for us to enjoy.
2. When a positive ID is made on the “Identification Help – Tusker” thread, the information will be transferred to the specific Tuskers’ topic.
3. All postings of elephants that are not classified as a Tusker will be transferred to the new “SANParks Elephants” thread for us all to enjoy.
Before we incorporate any posts of the “Big Tuskers” thread into the new environment, we wish to make sure which of the initial posters’ don’t want to be part of this project.It will be appreciated if anybody who does not want his/her posts to be transferred to the new environment to indicate such decision via a PM to me (barryels), before or on the 11th of April 2014.
Your cooperation in this respect is appreciated.