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    Rules for Posting in the Anthropological Taxonomy Area

    Rules for posting in the Anthropological Taxonomy area:

    - The Anthropological Taxonomy sub-forum is a high-brow scientific area dedicated to the taxonomical analysis of individuals, for the purpose of learning and understanding the science of anthropology and taxonomical characteristics. Low-brow posts, trolling, insulting, unscientific and/or sexual remarks and nudity shall not be permitted, and such posts will be deleted, warned or moved to low-brow areas according to the severity of their contents.

    - No posting of private individuals' pictures shall be without their permission. Posting people's pictures on the internet without their knowledge and/or permission is illegal, let alone tasteless and unethical, and may have undesirable consequences for this board and its Staff members.

    - No disclosure of personal information about private individuals presented for taxonomical analysis, such as location, profession, affiliation with groups, etc, is permitted. Personal data are strictly confidential to each person and should remain personal.

    - When putting up a famous person (actor, singer, politician, etc.) for taxonomical analysis, please perform a search first to make sure that this individual has not been analyzed before. Most likely there will have been a previous thread on that person where you can add your comments or ask your questions, instead of creating a new thread.

    - When putting up a famous person (actor, singer, politician, etc.) for taxonomical analysis, please include his name in the title in order to render later thread consultation and research easier.

    - No posting of individuals' pictures for taxonomical analysis in new threads shall be allowed if their pictures have already been posted in previous threads. There are two possible exceptions.
    1. The first exception may occur if all of the following three conditions are met: (1) the previous thread is at least twenty-four months old; (2) the pictures in the previous thread are of a subject who was, at the time, too physically immature for proper taxonomical analysis; AND (3) the previous thread has been closed or deleted.
    2. The second possible exception may occur if all of the following three conditions are met: (1) the previously posted pictures are no longer available for viewing in the earlier thread; (2) the thread has been closed or deleted; AND (3) there has been no discussion whatsoever of the person's taxonomical analysis.
    If any of the three conditions for these possible exceptions does not apply to the earlier thread, then discussion of the individual's taxonomical analysis is either still open (if the earlier thread is still open, in which case additional pictures may be posted there) or thorough enough to render any further discussion of that individual pointless (if the thread is closed, in which case you will need to go elsewhere to solicit any different taxonomical analysis from what the Skadi community can offer).

    - Members who classify individuals or who attribute specific anthropological taxonomic types to them are required to elaborate on the reasons for their assumption or taxonomic categorization. Posts which only consist of certain anthropological types, a combination or an approximation thereof (e.g. "Noric", "Alpine/Pontid", "primarily East Baltic") without any reasoning or elaboration which lead the author to the aforementioned assumption or taxonomic categorization will be deleted, for they are neither of educational value nor subject to criticism or refutation and thence of dubious, little or no value.

    - The minimum character limit in the Anthropological Taxonomy forums is 150. Spam and lowbrow comments to fill the missing space (such as "blah blah") are not permitted and such posts shall be edited, deleted and/or warned according to the severity of their contents.

    - Please take the time to attach the picture to your classification post so that it will remain visible on Skadi. External links to pictures often expire, which render the thread useless to future viewers.
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    Guidelines for Posting Pictures for Taxonomical Analysis

    Guidelines for Posting Pictures for Taxonomical Analysis


    The fundamental guideline is to provide a photo that lets people see the subject as well as possible.

    To make that easier, consider the following:
    • Subjects in larger photos are easier to see than subjects in smaller ones. Choose a large size of a well-compressed format (like jpg) to give you the greatest pixel size possible (within the 2000x1600 limit laid down in the rules) with the smallest amount of memory. Note that resolution greater than 72 dpi is usually not necessary for onscreen image viewing.
    • Subjects in clearer photos are easier to see than subjects in fuzzier ones. Choose photographs that were taken with proper attention to focus, grainy-ness, and detail. If you're shooting the photos yourself, remember that optical zoom is always better than digital zoom for improving final clarity.
    • Subjects in well-lit photos are easier to see than subjects in poorly-lit ones. This includes proper amount of light, proper exposure, and proper attention to contrast. Chiaroscuro technique, though great for Caravaggio, is horrible for taxonomical analysis. A good soft fill is much better.
    • Subjects whose heads fill the frame are easier to see than subjects shot from a distance. Unless you want to include an image of the body shape (which can actually be covered quite well by giving measurements like height and weight and so forth), all you really need is the head. So only give the head — you can get a lot more bang for your pixel and byte that way.
    • Subjects should be at rest. Smiling is great in a snapshot, but it really is a distortion of the face — a pretty distortion — but a distortion nevertheless. For taxonomical analysis, smiles, frowns, eating, chewing, talking, tongues sticking out, and so forth, should be done away with.
    • Subjects should be depicted from at least two angles — full frontal and profile. It is also helpful to include a three-quarters profile. This provides a closer to three-dimensional representation than a single frontal two-dimensional photo.
    • Subjects should be fully visible. This seems obvious, but it's actually quite common to leave on glasses or jewelry or hats, or to hold up cute little dogs next to your face, when it comes time to get your picture taken. If you want people to analyze your Ray-Bans or your eyebrow piercings, there are probably websites for that. Here we care about people, so we like to see pictures of people — the accessories are not needed and can actually be somewhat distracting.
    • Subjects should be adults. People change a lot as they grow from adolescence to adulthood, and their adult form is much better for proper taxonomical analysis than their immature form (it's a biological term — not a behavioral one). Don't be upset if you post an adolescent subject's photo and folks tell you to try it again in a few years.
    The closer you stick to these guidelines, the easier it will be for people to analyze your subjects. The easier it is for them, the more responses you'll get. The more responses you get, the more you will learn, thus deriving the highest possible return from your investment.

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