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Order Diptera - Flies - looks overloaded

I was about to move a couple of Syrphids I wasn't sure about to Diptera. I'm pretty sure that they're both Syrphids, but not sure it's best to move them there based on the "Where Do I Post It?" page. On the other hand, it looks like there are 23 pages of loose flies under Diptera, so I decided not to move these there either. Moved a robberfly out of Diptera to Asilidae. Is there somebody who knows flies that could go through the Diptera/Order level images?

Situation much improved!
Please see my comment on this forum post for details.

The other shoe drops...
I'm delighted that ID Request is almost empty, and proud of my part in making that possible- but streamlining the process doesn't eliminate it.

The cost of emptying ID Request is filling places like the order pages.

for what it's worth, I think some of the obvious families like Syrphidae should get more images moved there under my rule #2:

2. Without breaking the next rule, post things to the lowest (most specific) level where you know it belongs (example: if you’re not sure whether it’s a grasshopper or a cricket, post it to Orthoptera, the lowest level that contains both).

 
did a little bit
I moved a few things out of there. It's not an area I'm very comfortable with my knowledge level.

 
hangover flies
The situation with these popular flies has been concerning me for quite a while now. Too many images get no attention because they show, I suspect, species so trivial that nobody wants to move a finger [understandably]. The section badly needs a dedicated energetic ‘manager’ and a concerted curatorial effort like the one recently witnessed in the robber fly section.
I have a couple of addresses of syrphid guys picked up from the American dipterist directory, but, swamped with other stuff, I haven't tried them yet – mainly because this would involve going thru the entire section page by page and compiling long rosters of images for expert review. However, I would eagerly provide help the best I can to someone who would take charge. My help will be limited to clerical/janitorial tasks, because I’m just not familiar enough with syrphids to accord any skilled assistance, but I may pick up some things in the process and learn to recognize rather distinctive species/genera.

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