Site Talk forum: Plant Database Navigation Suggestion

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Name: Mary
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fiwit
Jun 21, 2013 6:32 AM CST
For those of us who primarily use one of the special plant databases v. the general plant database, it would be nice to have a way to set that as our "home database" in our site preferences. For example, 98% of the time, I'm heading to the plant database to look up a daylily.

The current configuration requires that I use one of the following four options:

1 - set the daylily database as a favorite/bookmark in my browser and access it that way

OR

2 - click on plant database then click "view our custom database" and then scroll down in the list and click on daylily database

OR

3- click on plant database, and grab the scroll bar on the quick list of custom databases and scroll down in the list to find the daylily database and click on it

OR

4 - type in the name of the plant I'm looking for and scroll through the resulting list until I find the daylily (or use a much more precise search method instead of just typing a partial name)



These are all very do-able options, but none of them are what I would call "super-convenient." But if I had an option in my profile to set Daylilies as my preferred database, then every time I clicked on "plant database," it could take me straight to the daylily database. If I wanted to look up something else, it's a single mouse-click to get back to the main plant database.


I would LOVE it if you could give us something like that Dave, and I'm probably not the only one. (I hope I'm not the only one). But here are a couple alternatives.


If something like a preferred database is too difficult to code, what about an option to "watch" a custom database the way we "watch" forums?

and if either of those ideas aren't workable (I *really* like the idea of setting a preferred database), is it possible to make those lists of custom databases jump-able as well as scroll-able. That is to say, if I type the letter "D" it would jump me to the D's and minimize the required scrolling to find the custom database I wanted to look at.


Thanks for listening!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 21, 2013 7:17 AM CST

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These are all reasonable requests, and good ideas. This is a case where I wish there were a few more of me, working together, so I could assign tasks to the various daves and have them do these things.

I'm working on making the ability to customize the blue bar at the top and as part of that you will be able to add a direct link to the daylilies database in that bar. So I think that'll satisfy your request about getting a more convenient path to a particular database.

And by the way, I, too, agree that it takes too many steps to access a particular custom database. With so many of them, I'd be very glad to have better ways to help people get to them.
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
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fiwit
Jun 21, 2013 7:30 AM CST
Thanks. I try not to post a suggestion until I've thoroughly considered it. I know what it's like to have people say: "Can you fix it so the thingummy is more like the whatchamacallit?" and I know how useless that is. Hilarious! If I'm going to ask a programmer to enhance something, I want to be able to explain what I want the outcome to be, and why I think it's a good idea. If I can't do those 2 simple things, how can you adequately consider the suggestion?

Now, if only they could finish all the sci-fi cloning projects, you'd have it made. Multiplicity, thy name is Dave Whittinger. Hilarious!


And yes, the customize option for the floating menu bar would be the perfect solution. Thumbs up
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daylily
Jun 22, 2013 1:37 PM CST
Mary, there is a quick way - if you are on the Daylily Forum home page. Over on the right, there is a link to the Daylily Database right above where the recent photos are. I had a link to the database in the infobox, until I realized it was duplicating the link right below the info box.

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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jun 22, 2013 3:12 PM CST
Or you can make link to the Daylily database, and add it to your signature block.

Got to "your Profile" from the Blue MenuBar or the top line of the HomePage.
Then edit "Signature appearing below your posts:"


Then, you'll be able to go to TreeMail, find a mail from yourself, and click on your link. But that's probably more work than using a browser bookmark. It is available from any PC, if you browse from more than one pC..

Let's see if this works ...

Daylily Database

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[ url=http://garden.org/plants/group/daylilies/ ] Daylily Database [ /url ]
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