Site Talk forum: Number of genus and species in plant list

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AndreA33
Mar 13, 2016 4:57 PM CST
In my plant list, I can see that I have 513 plants today.

Would it be possible to have a more detailed dash board ? It would say ;

You have 513 plants from Y genus and Z species. Later we could even add the botanical families.

I know I can do this by create my own categories but species are common informations so the site could provide this without having to create the same categories for all users.

Regarding the existing "View only genus" menu, I think it could be lightly improve by adding the number of genus in the list like "View only genus (xx)". And I think there is enough place in the same window to add a "View only species (xx)"" menu.

What do you think of this suggestions ?

Thank you
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AndreA33
Mar 17, 2016 8:37 AM CST
Any answer ?
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dave
Mar 17, 2016 8:55 AM CST

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Well I could fairly easily do that but the problem is, I don't want to clutter up the plant list homepage with anything that's not desired by the vast majority of the users of that feature.

As it is right now it does list all the genera of your plants in a pulldown at the top, along with how many are in each genus.
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AndreA33
Mar 17, 2016 9:04 AM CST
Ok. So I guess it's a bad idea ! ;-)
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Bonehead
Mar 17, 2016 1:08 PM CST
Andre, I don't think any idea is a bad idea! I was trying to visualize what you were wanting, though, and wasn't real clear on the concept perhaps. I have categorized My List into general type of plants (tree, shrub, perennial, etc.) and also by characteristics (medicinal, fragrant, native, etc.). I can assign each entry more than one category, e.g., common yarrow is assigned Perennial, Native, and Medicinal. I could do a search under any of those categories and have it pop up, and I can also just limit my search to the Achillea genus, which would bring up four entries. I think once you start playing around with the existing structure, you can customize it to suit your own personal needs. Before I began My List, I poked around at other members' My Lists to see how they structured their personal lists and got some good ideas from that. Best of luck, and welcome to ATP. Deb
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HamiltonSquare
Mar 18, 2016 12:45 AM CST
I'm so glad Andre asked this question. My list has become rather unwieldy. I had mist that the added categories showed over on the left with the number in each category AND those are clickable. Just what i and I think Andre need. Thank You Deb for that explanation. I went right to your list of plants opened it and tried the search bar and that didn't work so then I really gave it all a close look scrolled down more and presto. Feel a bit dense that it's taken over 2 years to get it! Ever more amazed at this sight. My first five categories will be the five mediterranean climates. I did put annual in for a test. Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
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valleylynn
Mar 19, 2016 8:40 PM CST
Very nice the way you did that Deb. Thumbs up
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Calif_Sue
Mar 20, 2016 8:17 AM CST

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Mine is categorized similar to Deb's, i too started out with just a large catch-all list like you @HamiltonSquare, until it just became to unwieldy, I then figured which categories I would use the most. I even added a Trade and Want list, which is handy when I am at a nursery, I can check my list to see if they carry anything from my want list. In my notes section I often add where and when purchased. In my Want list I sometimes add a source or two in the notes section.
Funny how you get in a certain habit of doing things, I never use the category listing in the blue left side, I always use the center section and utilize the drop down menu a lot to access individual genus entries.
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Bonehead
Mar 20, 2016 11:22 AM CST
And I have actually revised my categories, which was a rather daunting task. Once I really figured out what I wanted to search for, though, that made it easier. Good rainy day project. I really like this feature of ATP.
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AndreA33
Mar 26, 2016 3:36 AM CST
Bonehead said:I have categorized My List into general type of plants (tree, shrub, perennial, etc.) and also by characteristics (medicinal, fragrant, native, etc.).

My idea was to have this categories already done by the ATP system without having to categorize it by yourself. Let's say I want to see all the Acer palmatum cultivars in my list or only know the number of A; palmatum I have in my list, I can't do it without creating a category called "Acer palmatum". Actually, I can see easily with the pop up menu all the plants for the Acer genus, I would have like to be able to categorize dynamically not only the genuses but also the species.

I like also your idea of sorting the personal plant list by tree, shrub, perennial, medicinal, fragrant, native, etc... So the idea would be to have more views available for the plant list (some automatically pre-configured by the system + the one created by the owner of the plants) and each users may use its favorite ones.
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