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Name: Bruce (Vancouver Isl
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Lily_Lover
Jan 27, 2019 4:47 PM CST
I recently uploaded two different photographs (one of a white Lilac and one of a purple Lilac) to the generic Liliacs (Syringa) Plant Database. I uploaded them both to the generic plant because I don't know the specific cultivar I have. I put them both up as "Bloom" because they are. However, I only received one acorn. I know on the acorn page it says you only get one acorn if you upload two photos of the same type. But these two photographs are of two different trees. What gives?
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jan 27, 2019 4:55 PM CST
Only the first photo of a certain type (eg. "blooms") uploaded to any given entry will yield an acorn. Subsequent bloom pictures uploaded to the same entry (no matter how different the picture) do not give acorns.
Name: Bruce (Vancouver Isl
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Lily_Lover
Jan 27, 2019 4:59 PM CST
So the system is "automated" but not smart enough to realize the photos are of two different plants? I could "cheat" and say the second was of the "Whole Plant" and still get my acorn?
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jan 27, 2019 5:04 PM CST
The system sees different database entries as different plants, when it decides when to award acorns. Cheating would not serve the users of the database (who click on "blooms" to see pictures of blooms). But if the picture in question features both the plant and the flower, you can certainly file it away under "bloom" or "whole plant" as you prefer. I hope that helps. Smiling
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Name: Bruce (Vancouver Isl
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Lily_Lover
Jan 27, 2019 5:10 PM CST
I have no intention of "cheating". I will pose my photographs to show what is expected by the users (as what I would expect!). However, this leads to another question: I have probably 20 photographs of Dianthus barbatus blooms that all all strikingly different colours. I got all the seeds from one packet and so have no idea what their cultivars might be. If I can't "find" the correct cultivar but still wish to post the photographs for users' enjoyment I could put them all under the generic entry - and just get one acorn. That would be my choice?
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jan 27, 2019 5:14 PM CST
It would be your choice.

I don't think I get acorns for a lot of the pictures I upload to the database (like a good 10 or 15 habitat pictures of our local agave) but I upload them anyway, for two reasons. One, each is different in some way from the other pictures I have uploaded, and hopefully interesting. Two, it's definitely not 3 times the work to upload 3 images of a plant once I've already found the database entry.

I can only speak for myself when it comes to the user experience, but I love to see variety, and I would love to see 20 different colors of Dianthus barbatus blooms, whether or not you get more than one acorn in the process. Smiling
Name: Bruce (Vancouver Isl
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Lily_Lover
Jan 27, 2019 5:29 PM CST
My sentiments exactly! I was just teasing and probably should not have been. I'm sure that there will be some who are mad at me now... I'm at that point in life now where the pleasure is all in the sharing with others and not the "what's in it for me" attitude we see so much of today!
Here are a few of my blooms:











Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jan 27, 2019 6:01 PM CST
Spectacular. Looks like you started with a pretty good seed packet! Lovey dubby
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Calif_Sue
Jan 28, 2019 2:44 AM CST

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Welcome to the site, my acorn giving thing is broken apparently, would only give one at a time despite what I entered! nodding
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Jan 28, 2019 2:56 AM CST

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Wanted to add: So if you enter an image of a bloom and chose that category and then add another bloom photo, please don't squeeze it into a different category just to qualify for an acorn.

"Closeup of buds, sepals and receptacles" should be that, a close-up of them and not a duplicate of a previous bloom shot that looks pretty much the same, with perhaps the only barely discernible difference is it was taken an inch to the right or left. Rolling my eyes.
Same for "Stamens, filaments and pistils", they may of course be visible in the previously entry 'Bloom' shot, but try to take a closer shot of them so it's clear this is what the image is now focused on.
Looking at the category list though, now one can strive to really add a variety of shots that encompass many of the different aspects of that plant, really makes getting to know your plant fun!
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