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Contest: Associate Forum Images with Plants

By dave
December 12, 2015

It's December and we're holding a fun activity that will have you exploring the forums, finding photos that have been posted, and associating those photos with plants in the database. Open to find out more!

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Dec 18, 2015 8:01 AM CST
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Bulbs Winter Sowing Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Peonies Lilies Charter ATP Member
Region: Canadian Enjoys or suffers cold winters Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
I am sorry that I associated pictures which people did not want associated.
When this contest is run---people need to go into their profile, and set it so others can not associate their pictures.
I tend to just look at the picture, and not the person's name.

There are a ton of pictures which should be in the data base.
What is scarce are pictures of seeds, seedlings and the whole plant.
People tend to take pictures of the blooms, and we need pictures of the rest too.
Dec 18, 2015 9:33 AM CST
Name: Liz Best
Columbiana Alabama (Zone 8a)
Annuals Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Peonies Lilies Irises
Hummingbirder Dragonflies Dog Lover Daylilies Bee Lover Birds
I agree, Caroline! I tried to associate photos of roots and whole plants rather than just blooms. Sorry you ran into people who didn't want their photos associated--I think this contest will be a wake up call to them about adjusting their settings to allow only themselves to link their photos to the database. Feel free to associate anything I put out there if you want' I'm perfectly okay with it!
Dec 18, 2015 2:55 PM CST
Greencastle IN (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Hummingbirder Lilies Region: Indiana Dog Lover Echinacea
Butterflies Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I looked for good quality photos. I did make note of names so I could check to see if that photo was already in the database. Looking for names made that process easier. It seems I also associated a couple by people who subsequently said they did not want their photos associated. I was enjoying the contest up to that point. Not so much after that. So I also hope people check their settings. But over all I thought this was a great idea and fun to do.

I agree that we need more photos showing more than blooms or fruits.
“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.”
- Alan Keightley
Dec 18, 2015 3:19 PM CST
Plants Admin
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Region: Ukraine Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis
Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level
I'm sorry, Caroline and Claudia, that you ran into complaints, and I hope you will continue to propose the addition of other people's photos to the database even after the contest is over. Liz' response is the norm. Most people appreciate having their photos singled out for addition to the database. This contest should make people aware that the process has always been encouraged and that there is an option to stay out of the process for any reasons of their own.
Dec 19, 2015 8:41 AM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
Ditto, Claudia. At first I got over ambitious and thought that since the photos I was submitting did not already have the formatting of the database image name, that the photo had not been submitted before, but found out that was not the case. I guess the same picture was posted more than once in different threads or something. So I opened two windows on my computer and checked every image after that to make sure they were not in the database already and was more discriminatory about what photos I submitted.

I still think the contest is a great idea. I think that since the negative feedback has been minimal, most people are okay with having their pictures associated with the db by someone other than themselves.

Since any and all pictures posted on this website can be protected by copyright or profile settings, and the admins get final say in whether a picture is added to the database or not, I have waffled back and forth about being sorry. Especially since I know now that I have associated pictures of some who have sent that negative feedback. I certainly never intended to cause hard feelings just for playing a game. I cherish the friendships I have with everyone here and hope we can all still be friends.

A final thought: How blessed I am if something like this is all I have to worry about with all that is going on in the world today. I pray for peace every day. Group hug
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Last edited by blue23rose Dec 19, 2015 8:51 AM Icon for preview
Dec 19, 2015 8:55 AM CST
Name: Karen
Valencia, Pa (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Echinacea
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Ohio Region: United States of America Butterflies Hummingbirder Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I don't like this either, and I just adjusted my preferences accordingly. I had the right label with my photo, someone changed it, and now I am charged with repairing the damage but cannot for the life of me figure out how to do it. I'm done with this feature.

And another of my photos appeared mislabeled- pointed out by Danita in another thread- and I can even find my original entry. My very short experience with this is not a positive one. A few days before Christmas I don't have time for this. Moderators, fix the problem as you see fit. I can't figure it out, can't find the pics... I'm done with it.

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