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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Jun 12, 2012 10:45 PM CST

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Is this a new feature for DB entries Dave?
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Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Jun 12, 2012 10:51 PM CST
I just noticed it for the first time earlier today...
Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Jun 12, 2012 11:02 PM CST
This is confusing. Look to the right beneath the image, you'll see a Garden Tour article there.
Plumerias (Plumeria)

Don't mean to disrupt your thread, Evan, but seems unusual things are appearing in the DB and I can't find a connection.
Am I missing something?
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Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Jun 12, 2012 11:05 PM CST
Not so much confusing, but a concept to encourage folks who come only to look something up in the data base to explore a little more.
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Jun 12, 2012 11:15 PM CST
Could be, but I'd think tips or ideas, including articles, could relate more closely to the topic of the page where they appear.

The Garden Tour takes us to Florida where the plant (plumeria) grows well? How's that for connections, Connie?
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Name: Monica
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krancmm
Jun 13, 2012 6:24 AM CST
A very good idea Thumbs up , but perhaps some tweaking is needed?

The Plumeria parent plant entry lists "related" threads that include the Purslane and Brugmansia forums - but neither of the particular threads mentions plumeria at all.

For me, a link to something that's unrelated to my main quest is worse than a broken link. Scanning through a thread vainly searching for "related" information that isn't there can be very off-putting.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 13, 2012 7:08 AM CST

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I started experimenting with this yesterday afternoon.

It's doing two things:

1) Finding the most relevant "Gardening Ideas" item that would match this plant. Ideally, the plant is mentioned in the article.

2) Find threads that mention this plant.

Now as for item #2, it works fairly solidly for most plants and I tweaked it a bit this morning.

If it is a plant type that has a specific forum (Daylilies, Roses, Tomatoes, etc) then it will only search for the cultivar name inside that forum. Otherwise, it will search for the entire name (genus, species and cultivar) in all the forums. But if there is no cultivar or species then it will not search at all.

I'm just playing around with this, but like Connie said, this is to hopefully encourage people to look around more on the site. We get a lot of visitors into the database and many of them don't know that there is more to the site than what they are seeing. I want to help them find the helpful threads and ideas.
Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Jun 13, 2012 8:44 AM CST
It is an excellent concept and there is a new garden tour coming up that will fit perfectly on the page I referenced.
Maybe it will be the test once it appears.
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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Jun 13, 2012 9:15 AM CST

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Sharon said:It is an excellent concept and there is a new garden tour coming up that will fit perfectly on the page I referenced.
Maybe it will be the test once it appears.


I agree. I don't know if you can write an algorithm(?) to find the most relevant thread or whatever, but allowing members to propose a relevant link might work. Tried to do this in a comment a while ago but that's not supported.
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Jun 13, 2012 9:28 AM CST
I just tested; I searched for Chicory and there was the Chicory article. Same thing with Dandelions. So it's working well. I haven't found any forums/threads yet, but could be because I haven't searched enough.

Genius at work, Dave, amazing concepts and implementations. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 13, 2012 9:43 AM CST

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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 13, 2012 12:28 PM CST
I LIKE this feature for the database! Great idea! I have a question, tho. Just randomly, I looked up Schlumbergera and noticed that the article doesn't show up for all the Schlumbergera entries, only some. Does the system only key to post the article if the entire name is mentioned?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 13, 2012 2:45 PM CST

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Yes, it is looking for the entire name - genus, species and cultivar.

Unless there's a forum match (roses, daylilies, clematis, etc) in which case it only searches on the cultivar name.
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Jun 13, 2012 2:54 PM CST
Found it on Knock Out Roses, but only specific ones.
In this case I added 'yellow'.
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Jun 13, 2012 4:40 PM CST
I noticed this when I did a search...hopefully it will bring us more members. Dave...asked and answered before...but do you EVER sleep??? Hilarious!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 13, 2012 5:24 PM CST

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 14, 2012 10:12 AM CST
I just noticed this yesterday when working in the Sempervivum entries for the database. All I can say is 'WOW'. Love this new feature Dave.
It boggles my mind to see how this site is growing in features like this.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 14, 2012 11:43 AM CST

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I agree I haven't run any reports but it'll be interesting to see how it affects the movements of visitors to the database.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jun 14, 2012 11:58 AM CST
When I went to the plant Frostweed in the database I found my garden tour article right on the page, of course my name and the name of the plant are mentioned there in the article.
I thought it was a great idea to match them that way an I loved it, but I forgot to mention it and say thank you Dave!
So consider yourself thanked for all the good things you do!! Smiling
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Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Jun 14, 2012 12:01 PM CST
I noticed it too, Josephine, and don't you just love this new feature!
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