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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jul 9, 2013 12:46 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

There is a new forum on the site:

http://garden.org/forums/view/askatp/

It's the "Ask a Question" forum but this forum is VERY different from the other forums. Here, people can submit questions through our "Ask ATP" webapp.

http://garden.org/apps/askatp/

They can get email notifications when a question is answered. I explained more about it in the introductory thread here:



If you're the kind of person who likes helping newbies (aren't we all?! Smiling ) then you should add this forum to your watch list.

It's in beta and I have some pretty fun plans for this. So stay tuned for more on this.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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Dutchlady1
Jul 9, 2013 12:49 PM CST
I'm on watch. Thumbs up
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jul 9, 2013 1:06 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

Wow, literally within minutes of launching this, a visitor came and used this app to create an account and asked a good question:

The thread "Crocosmia (Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Woodside Select')" in Ask a Question forum

Everyone who answers them today gets 5 acorns from me. Smiling Let's flood this newbie with answers. Hilarious!
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Sages Plant Identifier
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Bonehead
Jul 9, 2013 2:12 PM CST
Ha ha, I answered BEFORE I noted your acorn-bribe! Silly me, though, I didn't catch that the person was brand-new to ATP and neglected to extend a welcome. I'll do so via Treemail.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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Dutchlady1
Jul 9, 2013 2:23 PM CST
I'd love to earn the brownie points aka Acorns but I know less than nothing about Crocosmia so I'll refrain.... Whistling
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
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woofie
Jul 9, 2013 3:06 PM CST
Me, too. Hetty. I've tried growing them, but never did have them bloom, so I'd be no help.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jul 9, 2013 3:13 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

I updated the system just now to disable posting new threads directly to that forum, and instead gave a link to the snazzy "ask a question" form.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Sages Plant Identifier
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Bonehead
Jul 9, 2013 4:16 PM CST
So everyone gets balloons now -- it is so clear that you are a parent to more than one child...ha ha.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jul 9, 2013 4:18 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

Big Grin
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
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woofie
Jul 9, 2013 6:03 PM CST
I like the new message requesting that responses be limited to the topic of the original question. Dave, you must have cats that you are experienced with herding. Hilarious!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jul 9, 2013 6:11 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

Hilarious!

The new member MKO returned and thanked everyone for the answers. That went really well. They came in, signed up and asked a question and got their answer, and we all enjoyed the process. This is a win, in my opinion.

We've had other questions asked today. It'll be interesting to see what kinds of activity this feature gets in the days ahead.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
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woofie
Jul 9, 2013 6:13 PM CST
I like it! Once it gets finalized, you should update the Welcome T-mail to point it out. Smiling
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jul 9, 2013 6:17 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

Already did that. Smiling
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
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woofie
Jul 9, 2013 6:23 PM CST
Of course. Silly me. Rolling my eyes. Hilarious!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 9, 2013 6:32 PM CST
I should get acorns for asking all the silly questions that I do! Rolling on the floor laughing
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator Forum moderator Aroids Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tropicals Foliage Fan Bulbs Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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eclayne
Jul 11, 2013 2:46 AM CST

Plants Admin

Super new app Dave. Is it appropriate to link to a specific thread or post within the forums as part of an answer?
Evan
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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Dutchlady1
Jul 11, 2013 3:41 AM CST
It seems to be pretty active already! Thumbs up
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jul 11, 2013 4:39 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

eclayne said:Is it appropriate to link to a specific thread or post within the forums as part of an answer?


Absolutely!

Dutchlady1 said:It seems to be pretty active already! Thumbs up


By my count, eleven different visitors signed up and asked a question yesterday. Very impressive!
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Beekeeper
Seed Starter Permaculture Region: Kentucky Garden Ideas: Master Level
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Mindy03
Jul 11, 2013 5:55 AM CST
I love this feature. Even if I don't know the answer to the questions I learn from others who do answer them.

Great idea Dave
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jul 11, 2013 6:00 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

I agree

And I also love seeing people get the help they came to get.

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