KoutaR wrote:I read the comment for the Wikipedia article "Tree height measurement". An extract:In short, I have more confidence in numbers of log lengths and tree heights made by lumbermen who were experienced in the art of physically and directly measuring and cutting down trees than I have in the handful of hobbyists who measure the remnant few giant pine trees indirectly using lasers and range finders and often these hobbyists do not even release to the public where the trees are located, thus requiring a dose of faith in even these very modern measurements.
I am thinking it is not the best policy to keep the locations secret. You have to think from layman's perspective. "Handful of hobbyists say they have a better method than scientists and lumbermen. They say they found the tallest trees but don't reveal the locations, so preventing the verification of their finds." I think this is an image one very easily gets.
Tasmania has revealed the exact coordinates of every giant tree but I think they have had no problems with trampling etc. We reveal exact locations in Europe and I don't think there are any problems although Central Europe is so densely populated. Very few people are interested in the tallest trees by species. Instead, the laymen are interested in old trees with a story. The redwoods... okay, they should be left alone, but I don't think there are any danger in revealing the locations of the height records of the other species. Keeping the locations secret destroys a part of the credibility, in my opinion.
KoutaR wrote:A problem at Wikipedia is that the editors often know nothing about the subject they are editing. They are just reading published sources and cannot separate reliable sources from unreliable ones.
Joe wrote:"We are living in times when people who know absolutely knowing about a topic can sound off at will over the Internet."
Yuh, like our current president? duh.... "nobody knew that health care could be so complicated".... duh, duh, duh....
....it would likely be done rock solid.
Matt Markworth wrote:Kouta,
I'm having difficulty finding the above-referenced quote in Wikipedia and wanted to see if you can tell if it's still there and if so if you have a link to the page.
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