Thanks for the heads up on this. I just went to my member page and found two still open so I marked them closed. I figured I probably had quite a few that I had forgotten about. Glad it was only two but that still leaves us with 8,998 unsolved/open or solved and forgotten to close. Hope everyone takes a few minutes to check their member page and either close out or bump up any that are old.
Wow, I just went back through mine as instructed and found lots from before the 'solved/unsolved' was available...a good memory jogger! Some plants that are no longer, lol. Thanks for the reminder Terry!
plantladylin, it looks like we've closed out about 300-plus ID threads since I started this thread, which is great! But there are still about 8800 to go (as of this writing), so we still have quite a ways to go ;o)
It'll take a while, but hopefully everyone who has some open IDs will pop back in and take action on their outstanding items.
I'm guessing a lot of the older ones might be from people who are no longer DG subscribers - if there is a clear consensus on identity in the replies, would it be possible for an admin, or others, to close it, if the original poster can't?
Since the Plant Identification Forum is open to the public I think a lot of folks who are not paid subscribers out there in cyber land have probably gotten an ID and never come back.
I must admit that I never notice the sticky's at the top of the threads. Maybe if there were a decent sized space between where the sticky's are and the beginning of the threads, they would be a bit more noticeable. Or if the word Sticky were in larger font and in a very bold color? Something to get our attention. I'm getting old and need all the help I can get, LOL. ^_^
I am blind in one eye and can't see out of the other...I can't figure out how to mark all mine as closed...when I go to the threads and open them I don't see anything that says solved or close??????????????????
Virg: I think the feature of closing a thread is just on the Plant Identification forum. If you've started a thread there asking for an ID of a plant, at the top of your screen you should see a box where you can click on solved or close if your plant has been sufficiently identified.
Hi, I have been growing vines for many years and have lost lots of labels. I usually can figure them out eventually. This one has me stumped. I grows about 8 feet tall in a sunny location and has been blossoming all summer. I first thought it might be a cup and saucer vines but the leaves are very different. Can anyone help.
georgiavinescom, you would have better luck getting an ID if you start your own thread about this plant. This thread is trying to get members to close out their threads of plants that have already been identified. It's not watched by many people, so those that might be able to help identify your plant won't see it.
Terry, why don't you just put a time limit on the open thread. If not solved in say a year, then put it in the achives or otherwise note as closed if not solved. Only the most dedicated go through the old threads.
I noticed that there are three that show up under my info that are threads that I did not start and there is no option to "solve"?
For instance, this is showing up under "my info" but I didn't start the thread and cannot "solve" - This is not the only one?
When you view your posts, you're viewing every post you've made, which include posts on threads you didn't start. (It's a list that's meant to help you browse and find a specific post of your own fairly easily.)
If you go to your member page, and go to the second green box of links, it shows you what others can see on your member page. It includes a link to the threads you started (but not all your posts.)
I am trying to learn this also and I cannot find a 2nd green box of links. The only green box that I see is the 1st tab at the top of the page.
Maybe I'm having a blonde moment, but I'm not getting this either.
On your my info page , there are four green boxes, In the first box named YOUR ACTIONS, There are a bunch of links including "view the posts you have made". This ones gives you everything you have posted. The second green box is simply named ACTIONS , among many others things it has a line "view the threads xxxxxx has started" . This gives you only the threads which you originated. The third box is XXXXX COntributions and the Fourth XXXXX WANTS YOU TO KNOW.
I did finally find it and removed my 2 week old question, but there are no green boxes. (no boxes of any color on my computer) the only thing of any color is the first tab in the top row.
Anybody out there who, like me , coundn't find it:
go to your "my info" page
then "threads you have started"
then look above the list. There is a window with an arrow on the right end, click the arrow and scroll to the plant & tree ID.
Any that you have started will each (once you go to each individual one) have a question in bllue letters next to the question it asking if it is solved...click appropriately and voila! We will all have helped Terry! ;-)
Did fall house cleaning on mine, and most that were still open DID predate the use of "solved" option. However, I am embarrassed to see how long it took ME to notice the sticky note!!!!! Arrrrrrghhhhhhhhhh!
Which threads are you having trouble with? I looked at the list of ones you've started in this forum and all of them are already marked closed except for the one that you just started today, and as of the time you made this post, nobody had responded to that one yet so I'm assuming that the thread you're trying to close may be in another forum? There are only certain forums like this one where you can mark threads closed, most of them you can't.
Three thoughts : 1. What about a thumbnail format, 5 accross, 10 down clickable, with a bold rectangle around it if identified? 2. Seems like after 6 months, and no results, perhaps the i.d. request could return to sender with an request : a. New image, b. second try ? 3. Up front request that to better identify, include flower(s), leaves, fruit (if possible) at a minimum. This forum is a great feature of DG.
Oh help! We had some enthusiastic volunteers replant collards and broccoli and mix them in the flats. Today is market day and we need to know the difference. Anyone know how to separate them at 4-inch 4-true leave stage? The cotyledons were identical and all the true leaves are slightly scalloped, but perhaps there is a subtle difference I'm missing? Thanks a million! I could sell them cheap, declaring the approximate percentage of collards and broccoli, but unfortunately collards don't grow well here and it was just a small experimental batch that has now "contaminated" our much larger broccoli collection!
I'm a little confused. I just happened upon this site a few days ago through a Google search about elm, and found a recent ID question posted May 2, 2009. It's marked SOLVED, but it's not, really.
I joined so i could post some information to help the discussion along. So I'm wondering. . . . How do people reach a conclusion that an ID question is solved? Where do you keep the images and final identifications so people like me get to "positive ID" when searching Google, Ask Jeeves, etc?
Great site, though. I love the sharing.
Marking solved is up to the original poster...when they are satisfied that a plant has been ID'd, they close the thread. Sometimes they close things too quickly and someone comes along with a better answer later--just because something's marked solved doesn't mean people have to stop posting on that thread, many times the discussion will continue after it's been solved, or someone will come along later and correct and ID that was actually solved incorrectly. Solved threads stay right here in this forum, they don't go anywhere. Sometimes once people have an ID they will post their picture in Plant Files, but many times there are already tons of pics of the plant in Plant Files. Plant Files itself is a great place to look for pictures--if you know what plant you have (or think you know) you can look it up in there and often there'll be a number of pictures that you can look at for comparison.
No, you can't do either of those--I would recommend going to your thread and posting a reply to it, each time you reply you can upload a new picture. Some people may be able to guess what your plant is from your first not as good picture, and if they can't then they'll look at the new better one. It gets confusing when people start multiple threads about the same plant, so I would definitely recommend just adding the picture in a reply to your existing thread.
I hafta admit... I'm a "double poster". I'm sorry. I've posted ID questions in both the ID forum and the general "type" forums. I've been good about going back and marking the ones on the ID forum as "solved"... but there's nothing I can do about updating the titles of the posts in "regular" threads.
Plants, you can add an edited line to your original post in the other forums saying it is solved and naming the plant. That way when folks read it, they get the answer in the first post and can then read on if interested. Just click on the word edit in the lower left corner under your name.
Only Admin can remove a post. All you can do is edit your own posts.
If you select the FAQ link from the header at the top of any page, it will give you a lot of answers. You'll get it Flowers, we all had lots to learn when we first logged on. Grin (you will notice that this is edited...look in the lower lefthand corner of any post you make...it will be there.)
ok, found the plant and tree forum, even found the two green boxes. The only pull down changed the forums you want to view ( which I canged and may never get back to fav's). But never once did I see an option to close, notta, nowhere zilch. I'm am not a subscribing member so could that be the reason? I'll join up when I figure it all out. This must be one of those "Rocket Scientist Things" No wonder people are not closing, got to be an easier way.
We must be thinking about the same thing! I just marked 'solved' on two of my posts for plant & tree ID earlier this morning. But they were only about a month old. Do you even know if the people that made posts in 2001 are still members?
We can tell if they are still subscribers (hover your mouse over someone's name in the left column.) But I think the only way we can tell if they are still active members (in other words, if they still pop in occasionally and poke around) is if they post somewhere or add some info to the PlantFiles.
I haven't been a member a year yet. I did add the
picture of the plant I thought it would go to my "Have" plant file but it didn't; I added
it this morning. I'm not as savy on computors as you all are. I have tried to remove some
of the things I asked about and it would not let me. I know how particular some of these
forums are, so I try to do what's right, so I won't get fussed at.
I see them! The photos are in the pending queue. I removed the duplicate and the other will be released to the PlantFile entry once it makes it through the verification process. Usually in a day or two.
I think the reason you submitted two is that you didn't think the first one worked, as it didn't appear on the PlantFile entry immediately. They don't go directly to the entry. They go into a pending queue where they are reviewed for clarity, accuracy, that they aren't 'borrowed' from another site without permission etc.
Thanks for helping PlantFiles grow and sharing your photos.
Oh, Thank you. Sometimes my finger slips. But I hadn't
seen a picture when I filed, so I didn't think it took. It is a
pretty plant. Sits back there and doesn't do any harm except -looking good. :-)
We have forums for trading plants - they are limited to subscribing members. If you'd liek more information, please let me know. You can also list your plant "haves" and "wants" in a free tradelist - you'll find that under the My Tools tab.
I am new to this site, and very excited about participating. I want to make sure I don't do anything frowned upon. I have read the guidelines. Here's my question:
I have read that it's best to only submit one plant per posting for identification
I've also read that it's best to keep it to 2 or 3 posts/day
Here's my dillema: I am identifiying all the plants around my cabin in Pine Mountain Club, in the San Emigdio Mts. of Kern Co. (17 miles w. of the Grapevine). It's at 5,600'.
I have done a LOT of my own research on the Cal Flora site, and THINK I know the names of about 10 of them, but I wanted to run them by the experts here to make sure. Some of them I have narrowed down to 2 or 3 possibilities.
There are 4 or 5 that I have no idea what they are.
I have good photos that I took of all 15 plants, that I can post
Should I post 3 plants/day for 5 days, until I've posted all 15?
Thank you for having patience with a newbie!
Hi Crisbastap. Welcome to DG.. When you start your thread, maybe start with just 2 or 3 plants. You can always have more than one thread at a time, so you could maybe group your plants according to type...all trees, or shrubs...those that you need confirmation for, along with your thoughts to ID, those that you have narrowed down. That way each thread will be more manageable. You can add a second or third picture by replying to your own post within a thread. Give the zone( 5,6,et cetera) the plant is growing in, and add that it is in the mtns at 5,600 ft.
As each thread is completed,(all plants pictured have ID's) you have a prompt to mark that thread as solved. The 2/3 posts per day refers to the number of threads you start within a forum, I believe, as I have seen multiple replies from a single user...myself included.
That does help, especially the tip about replying to my own post to add another picture, since I have a couple of photos for each plant. I will also take your advice about keeping it organized, and to mark each thread as solved when answered.
Look at your original post and you will see at both the top and bottom, a question. Is this thread solved? When you have your answer, you merely click on that question and it will mark the thread as SOLVED.
Thank you themoonhowl, but my id posts are actually in Shady Gardens, which I realize now was not the place to put them, but it was a shady garden plant. Is there no mechanism for such a case. There is no "is this thread solved" option because, really, I put it in the wrong place.
Hi! I have a question that isn't how to mark a query solved; that I know how to do! But instead, how do I mark a query as New!? All of mine are showing up as old even though they were posted yesterday. I'm afraid they might easily be overlooked as a result.
New doesn't have anything to do with the age of the post--it means that there's been a new post made to the thread since the last time you visited it. To you since you wrote the post, it won't show up as "new" until someone else makes a reply. But to anyone who comes to the forum and hasn't read your thread yet, it will show as new until they've looked at it, and each time a new reply is made it will show up as new again to anyone who hasn't seen the new reply yet.
When you post a thread on this forum, both at the top and bottom of the post you will see a question..is this thread solved? When you have a solid id for your plant, click on yes and it will mark the thread solved.
Looking at the list of threads you've started the only one I saw was in the Beginner Gardening forum and that forum doesn't have the "solved" option, you can only do that in a few forums like this one.
Call me blind but when I go to check my out to make them closed there is no "closed" am I just not following directions. I would really like to clean up my mess. I am almost sure all mine have been answered and want to do right. Please help
Look at your original post and you will see at both the top and bottom, a question. Is this thread solved? When you have your answer, you merely click on that question and it will mark the thread as SOLVED
I wonder if this is a flower about to bloom, or maybe a plant blossom? It is a volunteer in a friend's garden. All ideas welcome and thanks! From Mary, a new member
Sorry, I meant to put this in the Plant ID Forum!
hi i just received a 2 year old Rhapidophyllum hystrix
I know its the most cold tolerant palm there is I planted it in a pot so i can bring it in when temperatures drop to near 40 degrees. I was wondering how cold tolerant a 2 year old plant is and when can i leave it outdoors for good
went and marked "solved" on one, and then redid one. The one I marked solved, showed closed, as did others of mine as well.
Is that all we have to do lighten the load, or is there more to get them out of there as well