Site Talk forum: Site content submission guidelines

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Denver, CO (Zone 5b)
Region: Colorado Xeriscape
GoCart
Mar 16, 2018 3:50 PM CST
Not sure if it's better to ask here or post as a suggestion in the Site Talk forum, but I was wondering if there are any content guidelines for database submissions posted anywhere--something akin to a Wikipedia manual of style. I haven't found any easy links for this either in the About section, Help section, or as a sticky in the Site Talk forum.

I realize that in certain content submission areas, it gives tips. For example when submitting a photo it mentions:
"Photos submitted here must be of a certain quality to be approved. Specifically: The main subject must be in focus, and the image must have the right exposure (not too dark or light.) Additionally, while not a disqualifying problem: please do try to limit photos that include hands, fingers, feet and other non-plant items. Finally, only post photos that are your own work, or those for which you have the license/permission from the image owner."
However, even that could be better if there were minimum suggested requirements for resolution, aspect ratio, file size, etc.

Another I learned from asking about scientific plant names to which zuzu replied that catalogueoflife.org was a preferred guideline for vetting scientific names.

I think listing these little tidbits of information can greatly help newcomers like myself be able to contribute meaningful content. In general, I believe there should be a central location that codifies all the preferences and guidelines for submissions. If there already is and I've missed it, sorry and please direct me accordingly :)
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Mar 17, 2018 11:41 AM CST

Plants Admin

Hello, GoCart. You might find these threads helpful:

The thread "Common errors in data proposals" in Plant Database forum

The thread "Common errors in new plant proposals" in Plant Database forum
Denver, CO (Zone 5b)
Region: Colorado Xeriscape
GoCart
Mar 19, 2018 8:06 AM CST
As always, thank you very much, zuzu. My suggestion still stand that should be stickied though. It's good info! Make it so that it pops up in front of new members faces! Big Grin

EDIT: Never mind, I finally made it through the rest of the thread explaining the rationale for not adding elsewhere. I suppose I'm in the minority for trying to seek out guidelines before "diving in."
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