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Name: Rick Moses
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RickM
Jan 6, 2018 9:22 AM CST
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I would like to propose a new thread, similar to the Banner of the Day, but would instead be a Gardening Word of the Day.

Maybe a teaser in the header such as 'Word of the Day: Loam", with 'Loam' being a link to the definitions forum. Clicking on the word (Loam) would bring the user to forum laid out like the Banner of the Day forum, only instead of information about the banner, it would be the definition of the Word of the Day. For example

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i]Loam[/i] is soil composed mostly of sand (particle size > 63 µm), silt (particle size > 2 µm), and a smaller amount of clay (particle size < 2 µm). By weight, its mineral composition is about 40–40–20% concentration of sand-silt-clay, respectively.[1] These proportions can vary to a degree, however, and result in different types of loam soils: sandy loam, silty loam, clay loam, sandy clay loam, silty clay loam, and loam.[1] In the USDA textural classification triangle, the only soil that is not predominantly sand, silt, or clay is called "loam". Loam soils generally contain more nutrients, moisture, and humus than sandy soils, have better drainage and infiltration of water and air than silt and clay-rich soils, and are easier to till than clay soils. The different types of loam soils each have slightly different characteristics, with some draining liquids more efficiently than others. The soil's texture, especially its ability to retain nutrients and water are crucial.[2] Loam soil is suitable for growing most plant varieties.
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The above definition is from Wikipedia.

Much like the Banner of the Day, people would be able to comment on the Word of the Day.

Thoughts?


Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Jan 6, 2018 12:13 PM CST
I think it's a great idea. Are you willing to host that thread?
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Name: Rick Moses
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RickM
Jan 6, 2018 12:43 PM CST
Possibly.
Name: greene
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greene
Jan 6, 2018 3:35 PM CST
There was a discussion a while back about creating a glossary (back when the site name was ATP):
The thread "Glossary" in Site Talk forum

Having a "Word of the Day" might be similar to the glossary.

Here's a page where you can see the glossary additions.
https://garden.org/ideas/searc...

Shrug! Not sure is one word a day is such a good idea; maybe one word a week?

Or, if I am misunderstanding this Word of the Day, would it not be similar to @Jon's iDaily Inspirations? Shrug!
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plantladylin
Jan 6, 2018 3:42 PM CST
I think a "Gardening Word of the Day" could be a great feature. Definitions/descriptions could be a fun learning/teaching experience!
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Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 6, 2018 4:25 PM CST
I think it would be a fun idea Thumbs up
It wouldn't be anything like the inspirations, sounds more like definitions to me Shrug!
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Name: greene
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greene
Jan 6, 2018 4:58 PM CST
But it might be almost exactly like the glossary.
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Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 6, 2018 5:05 PM CST
Yeah probably, but will be something we see everyday. Could be fun Thumbs up
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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jan 6, 2018 7:25 PM CST
If Shrug! it is like inspirations, would I need to add space for it on my custom front page?
Name: Rick Moses
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RickM
Jan 6, 2018 8:14 PM CST
What I'd hope for, is if Dave could tweak the header a bit and add 'Word of the Day... fkjdsd' just below the logo and have it be clickable. Clicking (or tapping) would take the user to the definition.
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Technical notes:
- Word of the Day - WOTD

- If the glossary were in a database, like the plants, there could be a 'record number' field that would be automatically incremented each time a new term was added. When searching/displaying the glossary, this field would be hidden and the glossary listed alphabetically. But, the WotD function would use the field to display the next WotD. Not only would the WotD be random, it would make use of the actual glossary. This would, I hope, encourage people to explore the glossary.
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I think the big issue would be populating the glossary. Again, if we used the plant database as a framework, it would be much easier as most moderators are familiar with how things get into the plant database.
Name: Sue
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sooby
Jan 6, 2018 8:45 PM CST
Do you need to populate a glossary rather than use the "Garden Dictionary" already on NGA (although I have a quibble with some of the definitions, and also some obvious words don't seem to be in it).

https://garden.org/nga/diction...
Name: Rick Moses
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RickM
Jan 7, 2018 10:21 AM CST
You know, I was poking around to see if there wasn't already a reference work. Somehow, I missed the existing dictionary. I think it's because I prefer lists in to in alpha or date order, unless there's a compelling reason for them not to be.

While it's a good resource, I think it's lacking in several respects. It's great that it provides a phonetic spelling to assist with pronunciation. But as some have pointed out in general, there don't appear to be any pictures. to illustrate the term. It is also lacking a real search engine. For example, I entered 'con'. All that I got back was 'coneflower'. No list of other items starting with or containing 'con'. Changing my search term to 'coni', I would have expected to at least see 'conifer' or 'coniferous'. Instead, I get 'syconium'.

There is a plugin for WordPress called Encyclopedia. While it is capable of doing what I think we're all envisioning, we don't have WordPress available on the site. (@Dave ... is it possible/would you be willing to add WordPress?)
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jan 7, 2018 8:13 PM CST
I like the "word of the day" idea -- as opposed to the garden dictionary -- because with the dictionary you have to be searching for a word and with the WOTD a word is presented and you learn something new. I'm not sure it would require the creation of a whole new database of words -- perhaps the WOTD could be taken from the existing dictionary, and/or words that aren't in the dictionary could be used for the WOTD and then added to the dictionary. And maybe enhancements could also be made to the dictionary, such as photos or illustrations.
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greene
Jan 7, 2018 8:58 PM CST
That makes sense. Most people would appreciate seeing a photo (if that would apply to the word) and to keep the list somewhere here on NGA hopefully it would become something we could refer to.
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dave
Jan 8, 2018 2:41 PM CST

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I like the idea of a Word of the Day and I like the idea of using our existing dictionary as a starting place. We can enhance the existing dictionary to add whatever features we want, including being able to add photos and extra words. Maybe even a browsing option, too, so you don't have to search the word but can scroll through a list of words.
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Baja_Costero
Jan 8, 2018 2:59 PM CST
Yes! Smiling
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plantladylin
Jan 8, 2018 3:40 PM CST
Will there be a way we can have the dictionary on our home page?
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Name: greene
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greene
Jan 8, 2018 4:26 PM CST
dave said:I like the idea of a Word of the Day and I like the idea of using our existing dictionary...


https://garden.org/nga/diction...

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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jan 8, 2018 8:18 PM CST
I think the "browsing option" would be a great addition to the dictionary! Thumbs up
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Name: greene
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greene
Jan 11, 2018 7:58 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:I think the "browsing option" would be a great addition to the dictionary! Thumbs up


I'm one of those hard-headed people who still cannot tell the difference between browsing and searching. I know there is a difference...but... Shrug!

Any thing that makes it easy to use and to find words would be helpful. Thumbs up

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