Plant Database forum: Updated the main Plant Database front page again

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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Nov 11, 2013 1:59 PM CST

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I made another small enhancement to the plant database homepage, specifically to the area that shows the newest images.

Starting now, it actually shows you the most thumbed images from among the most recently uploaded photos. The list should change frequently as thumbs as given.

This way, when a visitor hits the front page, they will see the more interesting photos, rather than just the new ones.

As before, if you want to see photos as they come in, then you can do that on the ATP homepage, as well as the very nice webapp called "Plant Photos View". In fact, if you haven't seen that webapp yet, go to the Webapps section (linked from the left navbar) and check it out.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 11, 2013 3:11 PM CST
On my way. Hurray!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 11, 2013 3:13 PM CST
Awesome Dave. Several great ways to view the newer photos submitted. I love it. Thumbs up
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator Forum moderator Aroids Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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eclayne
Nov 11, 2013 3:24 PM CST

Plants Admin

Dave, I currently have my preferences set to 400. While on the home page, when I select See more new plant database photos the Browsing Our Plant Photos page that opens only shows 20 photos. Time: Today; Sort by: New.
Evan
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator Forum moderator Aroids Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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eclayne
Nov 11, 2013 3:26 PM CST

Plants Admin

Actually the Time: setting doesn't seem to work. The same photos are displayed regardless of what you select.
Evan
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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
Nov 11, 2013 3:33 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

If you select "Today" it will only show you today's pictures. If you select "Last Week" it will show you all photos from the past week, including today. That's why it appears to not work. It's just a longer list.

Choose to sort by popular or buzzing and the timeframe will be more useful. Then you can see what's most popular in the last day, week, or month.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 11, 2013 3:33 PM CST
It's working for me Evan. I tried all the Time and Sort by features.
I wonder if Dave fixed it after you posted?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 11, 2013 3:33 PM CST
Cross posted with you Dave. Smiling
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
Nov 11, 2013 4:00 PM CST

Plants Admin

Duh me, sorry guys.

@Dave.

Time:
Today: shows 20 images. No additional pages option. (Some of todays images do not display).
Past Week: 20 images per page and 3 pages. 60 images total.

Today.
Thumb of 2013-11-11/eclayne/1e2050

Past Week:
Thumb of 2013-11-11/eclayne/95c3b0 Thumb of 2013-11-11/eclayne/977e3e Thumb of 2013-11-11/eclayne/002951
Evan
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
Nov 11, 2013 4:19 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

Ahh, gotcha. Thanks for that, Evan.

That page does not obey your preferences and it wasn't designed to. I don't want to send hundreds of images at once if I can help it.

The page shows 20 at a time but there was a bug in the chunking. I fixed that and it should work for you properly now.
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
Nov 11, 2013 4:32 PM CST

Plants Admin

Thumbs up Thanks Dave. 400 is definitely not my normal preference. Only sometimes when looking a whole genera.
Evan
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
Nov 11, 2013 4:48 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

I keep my preferences set to 500. Big Grin
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
Nov 11, 2013 5:38 PM CST

Plants Admin

Reminder to self. Must get cable connection!
Evan
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 11, 2013 5:43 PM CST
Wow Dave. We got that many new photos in one day? And the day isn't even over yet. Hurray!
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
Nov 11, 2013 7:38 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

It's amazing how many photos get uploaded to the database. Our members love sharing their photos! In the last 24 hours, 170 photos were added to the database by 20 different people.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 11, 2013 7:41 PM CST
This is definitely the most amazing plant database on the web.
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
Nov 11, 2013 7:42 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

I agree I love it. And I love making it, playing with it and improving on it.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 11, 2013 7:44 PM CST
And it shows Dave. Smiling
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Plant Identifier Region: Nebraska Forum moderator
Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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KentPfeiffer
Nov 12, 2013 12:10 PM CST

Plants Admin

dave said:I made another small enhancement to the plant database homepage, specifically to the area that shows the newest images.

Starting now, it actually shows you the most thumbed images from among the most recently uploaded photos. The list should change frequently as thumbs as given.

This way, when a visitor hits the front page, they will see the more interesting photos, rather than just the new ones.


This new system may be open to a positive feedback loop type of problem, though, Dave? In other words, once an image gets a few thumbs up it stays on the front page longer than it otherwise would have, allowing it to be seen by more people and garner more thumbs, thus staying on the front page longer....... and around the cycle goes. Meanwhile, other images are never displayed on the front page and don't get seen unless members specifically look for them or see them next to the forum home pages (if the plant is popular enough to have its own forum).

This seems to be what has happened so far. A couple hundred images have been added to the database over the past day or so, but I believe the front page has pretty much displayed the same handful of sempervivum and daylily images the whole time, which is fine. But, it seems likely there will be a real bias in favor of the plants with the most fans here, sempervivums, daylilies, irises, roses, and probably just a few others?



Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 12, 2013 12:24 PM CST
I think it makes it where we could miss some very special plants. I always check the new images on my home page to see what is new. I have found some special plants that I had never heard of. I love that.

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