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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jun 14, 2015 3:06 AM CST
Could those who write articles for the celebration weeks receive The Micro Badge? And what about those who contribute the most pictures?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 14, 2015 8:12 AM CST

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Yes, everyone who writes an article during a celebration week does receive the badge at the end of the week. Also those who get the most thumbs for their photos also get the badge.
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Leftwood
Jun 17, 2015 3:10 PM CST
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jun 17, 2015 3:32 PM CST
Sorry that you feel that way. I apologize, will keep your comments in mind and will reconsider my regular participation in ATP.........shades of DG here.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 17, 2015 3:35 PM CST

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It's just one person talking, Paul.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 17, 2015 6:49 PM CST
Paul I don't know what was said, but I certainly hope you don't even consider leaving here, you contribute too much, and we would all miss your fabulous photos.
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kylaluaz
Jun 17, 2015 7:24 PM CST
I agree
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Claudia
Jun 17, 2015 8:37 PM CST
I agree I for one love seeing your photos.
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lovemyhouse
Jun 17, 2015 9:09 PM CST
Paul, your comments and photographs are a large part of my enjoyment of this site. I especially look forward to those multi-plant photographs you take at the garden centers. Have seen many beautiful plants I would never have known existed if not for your images.
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jun 17, 2015 9:49 PM CST
Thanks everyone for your kind comments.....
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Frillylily
Jun 17, 2015 9:57 PM CST
Paul, I also enjoy your photos and comments and if you left, I would really miss your contributions as well.


Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jun 18, 2015 1:46 AM CST
I don't know what was said, either. But here's what I have to say. Paul, I love all your fabulous pictures. You contribute so much to this site. I was wondering just the other day how you manage to take so many photos of different plants. I can see that some of them look like they are in garden centers which is a great idea, but I was beginning to think you lived in a botanical garden!

Since we're talking about the microbadge...I know we want everyone to participate, but I think giving the badge to people who give the most "thumbs up" is less of a way of earning it than what Paul is suggesting. I'll admit, when I saw the badge and knew I wanted it (you made it a Tiger Swallowtail!), I waited until the next celebration week and gave thumbs up to as many photos as I could. Granted, I did have a lot of fun "voting" for my faves and I saw so many varieties and learned a lot, but it is super easy to get the badge that way. You can just thumbs up every photo in the category and have a good shot at earning it. Oh, and maybe once you've earned the badge that way once, you become ineligible. I felt kind of bad because I won it during Peony week and then again during Clematis week. I actually tried not to thumbs up too much during Clematis week because I wanted someone else to be able to get the badge, but I guess I got carried away. So maybe if it's someone who already has the badge it goes to the next person on the list?

On the other hand, submitting the most photos for the category is a lot harder to do. However, that method has its own problems. Some of us (like me and most Floridians) can't really grow any of the bulbs well. Also, I notice a lot of users posting pictures, with permission, from other websites or crediting other user names. I don't know if they're getting these off Google Images or what. I try to only give thumbs up - and definitely acorns - to pictures that seem to be taken by the actual user. That's just how I feel about it. Other pictures, like from commercial growers' websites, can be informative if we don't have one in the database, but I prefer pictures from users who are growing the plant or sought out the plant at a nursery, botanical garden, neighbor's house, etc. I would just be afraid people might inundate the database with the same stuff we can see on Google Images and that would make the site less unique.

I didn't realize people who wrote articles got the microbadge, but that's a great idea. Even those of us who can't grow the plants due to our zone could always find an angle and do some research to come up with an article idea. I'm just trying to see how we can include as many users as possible even if they don't grow the plants (and most of them on the list are not in my garden and never will be).

I'm not saying I have the solution, but those may be some things to think about for next year. I remember how much talk there was simply over which plants should be chosen and which week they should get! And to add my two cents, I think we should be celebrating National Pollinator Week which is this week! We wouldn't have these fabulous plants without pollinators. Maybe an addition for next year? Whistling
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Claudia
Jun 18, 2015 8:22 AM CST
I have to admit I really did not even know what this Micro Badge is or what is given, how it is earned. But that final decision is up to Dave and I trust his judgment. He seems very willing to listen to suggestions and is always looking to make ATP a positive and fun experience for everyone here.
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jun 18, 2015 8:42 AM CST
Claudia, one thing I like is that Dave really listens to the members of the site. When people first complained about which weeks were celebrating which plant, he reworked some of the dates to accommodate as many people as possible. And as they say, "Two heads are better than one" so all of us are pretty willing to throw out friendly advice. I think we all want to improve this site so it can be the best possible version for all the users out there. Again, I don't know what was said above, but I also think if someone makes a worthwhile suggestion, we should at least hear them out and consider it. Saying something that would make them want to leave the site defeats the purpose of what we are all trying to accomplish here - a site that's welcoming for all garden and plant enthusiasts!
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 18, 2015 9:19 PM CST
Melanie, I may have misunderstood what you said, or maybe I misunderstood what Dave said, but I think the photos that get the most "thumbs" earn the badge, not the person that gives the most thumbs... Confused @Dave ?
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Jun 18, 2015 9:32 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:Melanie, I may have misunderstood what you said, or maybe I misunderstood what Dave said, but I think the photos that get the most "thumbs" earn the badge, not the person that gives the most thumbs... :confused:


The people who give the most thumbs get a micro badge.
Check out the Clematis week wrap up article. Scroll to the bottom and you will see a list of people who were given a badge for giving thumbs up.

http://garden.org/ideas/view/dave/2357/Clematis-Celebration-...

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 18, 2015 9:44 PM CST
Thanks, Jay -- apparently I did misunderstand; although this is what Dave said above (bolding is mine):

dave said:Yes, everyone who writes an article during a celebration week does receive the badge at the end of the week. Also those who get the most thumbs for their photos also get the badge.


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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
Jun 18, 2015 10:12 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:Thanks, Jay -- apparently I did misunderstand; although this is what Dave said above (bolding is mine):





That's true also. Just above the list of thumb givers it shows the photos that got the most thumbs and they got badges also.
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