I noticed that while most every plant I enter in my journal automatically links to it's "Detailed Page" here at Dave's, my entry for Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida) does not. Why is that? I double checked my spelling.
Jen, I think it's probably because we have two cultivars listed in PlantFiles - 'Purple Heart' and 'Purewell Giant': http://davesgarden.com/pf/search.php?search_text=Tradescantia+pallida&submit=Search
Your journal entry doesn't indicate the cultivar, so the system can't match it to either PF entry.
Do you have the cultivar name (Epic) listed in your journal, or is it listed as the common name? (I can't tell from the "external view" I have.)
I have it as both the common name and as the cultivar.
The journal page with the list of plants: http://davesgarden.com/journal/j/vbc/TucsonJen/22315/
Hmmm. I know this has been kind of a buggy area for matching. I hope at some point Dave can set the logic to something like:
1) If Genus and species fields match and cultivar is blank, match to PF entry for same;
2) If Genus and cultivar match (and species is blank), match to PF entry for same;
3) If Genus, species and cultivar match, match to PF entry for same.
I think that would take the ambiguity out of the matching process, but then again, there may be some scenarios I haven't thought of ;o)
Thanks, Terry. I thought it was another error of mine. :p
I think right now the logic is that if you show a Cultivar in your Journal that you must match the Genus and species names to get a link. I don't get a link to any of my Hemerocallis entries because the PF entries have no species listed. So even though I've matched exactly what is in the PF (Genus & Cultivar) I still don't get the link because a species match is required if you have a cultivar name listed.
I agree that Terry's proposed "hit" logic is the way to go whenever this ToDo gets up on Dave's active list of projects.