Plant Database forum: lightbox to db_photo conversion

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jan 24, 2014 10:53 AM CST

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It is often the case that people post photos to our plants database, and then copy the resulting db_photo tag into a thread. This gives a nice presentation, shows the photo along with the name of the plant, and gives an opportunity to give thumbs and acorns to the poster for the specific image.

Other times, people post a photo directly to a thread, and at some point in the future they or someone else imports it into the database. The nice thing about this is that the image is then associated with a plant, and visitors to the database get convenient access to view the picture, but the thread is unchanged and the photo is still just a lightbox photo with no visible plant link.

So, I have updated the system this morning to go through all the past threads and try to match up the pictures to already imported photos in the database. I found over 20,000 such pictures, and I converted the lightbox tags to the correct db_photo tag!

Moreover, starting now, when you see an image in a thread and you import it to a plant in the database, once the import is approved, the lightbox tag in the post will automatically switch over to the db_photo tag.

I believe this will be a huge improvement to how photos are enjoyed in the forums at ATP.
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Jan 24, 2014 11:15 AM CST
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woofie
Jan 24, 2014 11:17 AM CST
Slick! Thumbs up
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eclayne
Jan 24, 2014 12:21 PM CST

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I just imported a couple of images...works like a charm. Thumbs up
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Jan 24, 2014 12:52 PM CST
I know the database has many, many thousands of photos, but I'm surprised that so many have been imported from threads.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Jan 24, 2014 9:58 PM CST

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Many people post in a thread and then import them right from that thread but so many people forget or don't want to take the time to add them to the database so I am often scanning threads in all kinds of forums and importing images. I have been doing that since Dave first added that function. Thumbs up

This is such a nice feature you added Dave! I just saw one post where one of the photos was linked and it was set right in the middle of two other unlinked photos which I had never seen before. When we added the db_photo tag before it always set it to the far left.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 25, 2014 7:41 AM CST

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I did that change quite some time ago, Sue. You can now stack db_photos on the same line together, exactly like the lightbox tag. Thumbs up
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Jan 25, 2014 10:30 AM CST

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Guess I hadn't tried it in a while to notice. Green Grin!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 25, 2014 12:43 PM CST

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valleylynn
Jan 25, 2014 10:51 PM CST
Great new feature Dave. Thumbs up
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Marilyn
Jan 27, 2014 6:38 PM CST
I agree Hurray! Thumbs up
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Bonehead
Jan 27, 2014 10:53 PM CST
@Dave, your mind truly works in mysterious ways. Thanks for all that you do.
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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!
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dave
Jan 28, 2014 7:52 AM CST

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*Blush* Big Grin

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