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I am wondering what the point of adding Subfamily and Tribe level classification to Culicidae serves. To me, it only makes it harder to navigate the guide. It does not serve to aid identification, unless I am missing something.
If there is someone out there with ID expertise, I would appreciate some help with species level ID's, but the higher level taxonomy just adds to the clutter in my opinion.

If we understand correctly, BugGuide 2.0
will offer us the option of seeing only those pieces of BugGuide that we choose. Those of us who find all those middle taxonomic layers not helpful will be able to say that we don't want BugGuide to show those to us and we won't have to look at them. Those who find them fascinating can choose to see them. We don't know how much flexibility we will have but it sounds great if we get such an option. We often find ourselves looking at a mysterious list of big unfamiliar names of superfamilies or subfamilies and our only option is to click each one to try to find what we're looking for, or to click on view all and then scroll through hundreds of species looking for something. Meanwhile Search requires you to be able to spell what you're looking for exactly. If you miss one letter somewhere in there it gives you the dreaded blank screen. We're hoping we can tell BugGuide we want to see Order, Family, and Genus and never have to look at all those other weird categories again.

[rant]Thanks for the reply, but it doesn't make it any more helpful to chop the family up. Also, whoever did the chopping up forgot Anophelinae (subfamily), Toxorhynchitini (Tribe), Sabethini (Tribe),Orthopodomyiini (Tribe), Culisetini (Tribe) and Uranotaeniini(Tribe), so they did not really do a very good job. If there are really some mosquito taxonomy experts out there, perhaps they could help me ID or frass all the bad images of mosquitoes that are accumulating rather than implementing a less-than-useful hierarchy. I have been out of the mosquito ID business for more than 5 years now and I am getting rusty.
And when is this Bugguide 2.0 supposed to arrive anyhow? Seems to me I have been hearing of it since 2007.[/rant]

Purge them
If they're not useful, they should be deleted. I avoid intermediate levels not required by software unless there would be more than one subordinate taxon and the new page either (1) helps combine similar sub-taxa, (2) allows more precise placement of photos that can't be identified to the next lower level.

When? Oh, when?
You are right: we have been hearing about Bugguide 2.0 for more than 4 years. This is not to blame John, of course; I am sure that he is doing all he can and I am very grateful for all his great work.
I am sure that what is needed is funds large enough to hire a website programer, full-time or part-time. Where can we find the money? There are so many desperately needed changes and we keep waiting and waiting patiently.
There was a Status report. And this

If all those tribes were added, it would make it even more cluttered, so I am by no means advocating that.

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