Plant Database forum: You can now propose merging two plants

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Sep 15, 2014 5:46 AM CST

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In the past it was a bit difficult to deal with the issue that arose when there were duplicate plant entries in the database. Admins had to manually move the images and comments over to one entry, and then delete the other entry. Anyone who had plants in their lists were affected, along with growers reports and tagged images in the Multi-Plant images.

So I have written a "Merge two plants" feature. So now if you see duplicate plants, just open one of them (it doesn't matter which) and click on "Merge this plant entry with another"

Then search for the other plant and select it and submit the proposal. When it is approved by a moderator, the system will:

1) Figure out which entry is older.

2) Move everything from the newer entry to the older one (list entries, images, comments, tagged plants.)

3) Delete the newer of the two.

I tested it on Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Sungold') (which was duplicated by an entry called 'Sun Gold') and it worked perfectly!
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lovemyhouse
Sep 15, 2014 5:58 AM CST
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 15, 2014 4:54 PM CST
What a great and helpful new tool Dave. Thank you so much. Thumbs up
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 15, 2014 6:58 PM CST
valleylynn said:What a great and helpful new tool Dave. Thank you so much. Thumbs up

I agree
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 15, 2014 9:03 PM CST
Wow.
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Marilyn
Sep 15, 2014 11:06 PM CST
valleylynn said:What a great and helpful new tool Dave. Thank you so much. Thumbs up


I agree Thumbs up

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Sep 16, 2014 8:01 AM CST

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Sep 16, 2014 8:39 AM CST

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flaflwrgrl
Sep 16, 2014 8:58 AM CST
Egg-zactly!
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 16, 2014 10:07 AM CST
I agree
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chelle
Sep 16, 2014 10:53 AM CST
Sweet! Hurray!

I bet this means that we won't have as many difficulties with keeping track of plants in our lists. If the name changes now, all of the previous content should merge over, right?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Sep 16, 2014 11:34 AM CST

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That's exactly right, Chelle. Thumbs up
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jmorth
Sep 16, 2014 11:39 PM CST
Another excellent innovation.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Sep 17, 2014 2:58 PM CST
Just ran across another duplicate, proposed a merge, and voila - done and done! Great new feature. Tip: it may be easier to find duplicates by being LESS precise in your initial search to bring up more potential duplicates that are entered slightly different.
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Catmint20906
Sep 25, 2014 6:48 PM CST
Thank You!
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