"...The rules as I understand them state that the first valid publication of the species determines all subsequent spellings of the species name, except in cases or typographical or orthographic error..."
You are right, I thought that you ment that all errors can't be corrected.
"... but the fact is the CP Database affords us the best chance of reasonably discussing these species (a central point of reference), and provides a great resource of type location, initial authorship, previous changes...but it must be accessed through correct spelling of the species name. I think this was why this topic was introduced - it does address a very real need..."
Of course the database is an excellent work and there is nothing comperable at the www. But many people believe that it's the holy bible of carnivorous plants and this is something I don't like.
One man to decide about a species rank or not....
I'm not a taxonomist (I couldn't be farer away from beeing one), so I don't have the knowledge to make any suggestions.
"... I wish that Mr. Lowerie would afford us more of his experience, but he apparently doesn't own a computer, and I can't afford his books :-) ..."
Hmmm, yes, would be time for a new big book including _all_ up to date species from Australia. ;-)