First 30,000 EOL pages unveiled online for public “alpha” test and feedback; placeholder pages for 1 million species built in 1st year of 10-year projectHowever, everything did not go smoothly. In fact so great was the interest in the newly-posted information about such rock-star organisms as the Humpback Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis gibbosa) and the Zygomycete fungus, Peridiospora reticulata, that the website crashed soon after its first release was posted. The fans of biodiversity had rushed the stage.
The EOL website is now back up, and functioning. However, its detailed biodiversity content has a distinctly fishy-smell so far, with a disproportionate number of the completed species pages covering ray-finned fish. These pages are wonderfully rich in information, data, maps, and photographs. Once the project adds more types of organisms the result is sure to be spectacular - if only the legions of biodiversity fans can control themselves.