The idea here is simple: Instead of desperately trying to get your post seen on reddit or on Steam on a decentral place, wouldn’t it be better if there was a forum for every official server that the community playing on there could use to chat and exchange informations? That way no one needs to see posts that are not relevant for him or her, while anyone can find posts pertaining to a specific server easily. That’s why we’ve created the unofficial offical server forums.
We think that this will help to encourage community-building even on official servers, and (for example) give the server population a better chance to organize. Additionally, we’ve created a dynmap for each server, which is accessable from within the forum.
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Hi, I’m not sure if this is the place to do this, but its the best place I’ve found. Not to nit-pick, but is there any way the creature profiles could be properly updated on this site? I noticed that they’re separated into categories, such as mammals, dinosaurs, birds, fish, etc. However, whoever places the dossiers into their respective categories doesn’t know their zoology and didn’t take much time to brush up on it. Ichthyosaurs are listed under fish, but they’re reptiles. It even says this in the dossier. Pteranodons are reptiles, but not dinosaurs (they’re pterosaurs). Dimorphodons are also pterosaurs, but they’re listed under birds. Plesiosaurs are listed under both reptiles and dinosaurs for some reason, despite not being dinosaurs. I know some may say it’s not a big deal, but I don’t see the point of separating the dossiers into categories if they’re not even going to be accurate. Placing the sabertooths into the fish category, for example, would kind of defeat the point of even having a mammal category at all. It also needlessly spreads misinformation, and just looks bad on the website’s part.
In addition to the misplaced dossiers, each profile lists the species, nourishment, size, etc of each animal. The species category is very random, and most of them aren’t even filled in with a species name. Each dossier lists the species of the animal in question, but the profile on this site copies that only for some of them, “Mammuthus proboscidaens” for the mammoth, for example. Others list the species name abbreviated, “T. cerrejonensis” for the Titanoboa, which is fine, albeit inconsistent for no reason. Other profiles only list the genus and not the full species, such as “Ichthyosaurus” for the ichthyosaur. Still others are misspelled, “Ecasmosaurus” instead of “Elasmosaurus”. Others list different taxonomic ranks in place of the species, for no reason, like the class Aves for the dodo and Argentavis, the family Podocnemididae for the turtle, the order Araneae for the spider, and the class Arachnida for the scorpion (despite the fact that both scorpions and spiders are in the same class). Most of the predatory dinosaurs just say “therapod dinosaur”, except the Tyrannosaurus, which says “it’s own species”. What does that even mean? A: therapod dinosaur is not a species, B: the Tyrannosaurus is also a therapod dinosaur, C; they’re all their own species. It makes no sense and just looks dumb.
Anyway, I just thought someone here would want this pointed out, because it really just looks bad on the part of the site to anyone who knows what they’re looking at, and it’s incredibly misleading to anyone who doesn’t. Can someone please fix it? Put the animals where they go and just copy the species name from the dossier for the species. I don’t see the point of categorizing them at all if you’re not going to keep to your own system, sorry.
Wow, I honestly didn’t really know if anyone would try to fix it, and definitely didn’t expect it that quickly. Very impressive. I’m sorry if I come off as brash. I don’t mean to, but I know it totally comes off that way through text. I just try to be to the point.
Not to seem unappreciative of the changes, because I am. It looks much better on behalf of the site, and is not spreading misinformation….for the most part. The only thing left to change would be to take anything that flies and anything that lives under water out of the dinosaur category and put them into the reptile category. Pterosaurs (such as Pteranodon, Dimorphodon, and Quetzalcoatlus), plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs, mososaurs, etc are not dinosaurs. If they were, they wouldn’t be called pterosaurs, plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs, and mososaurs. They’d be called dinosaurs. It’s all scientific taxonomy. Dinosaur is not actually a catchword for any exotic extinct reptile. A pteranodon or mososaurus is no more a dinosaur than the sarcosuchus or the carbonemys. Just because it’s different than anything we have alive today does not mean it’s a dinosaur.
Other than that, the only other thing wrong is the new dossier for the toad, Beelzebufo, is in with the reptiles, but it’s actually an amphibian. That would be like calling a tiger or a fish a reptile, simply because they share some traits. It’s an entirely different class of animal. But aside from those, the new arrangement is much more accurate than it was before.
Oh yeah, and I missed the Dimetrodon, which also belongs with the other reptiles, not the dinosaurs. It’s actually a reptile that existed before dinosaurs had even evolved. Although the species in Ark are all fictional, they’re based on real species and the genus is real. For future reference, a simple Google or Wikipedia search of the creature in question (just the genus, not the full species name), would tell you where it goes 🙂
thank you very much for your insight. i’m not very good in palaeontology, so it’s really refreshing to gain some knowledge in this.
I hope i’ve found all flaws and fixed them. If you’ve more change requests, just tell me.
The only thing you missed is the Dimetrodon is still in with the dinosaurs, but it’s not one. Like I said, that belongs with the other reptiles, not the dinosaurs. It’s actually a reptile that existed before dinosaurs had even evolved. Although the species in Ark are all fictional, they’re based on real species and the genus is real. For future reference, a simple Google or Wikipedia search of the creature in question (just the genus, not the full species name), would tell you where it goes. But otherwise I can always just leave a comment if I see anything else, lol. I don’t mind.
lets do both 😉