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The Open Source Seed Initiative has dedicated time and resources to host a plant breeding forum. A big thank you to the board, donors, and volunteers who have made this forum possible.

What would you like to see in a plant breeding forum?

What forum categories do you think are appropriate?

What questions should be added to this list of things to think about?

Anyway, lets have fun and build a wonderful forum...

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Re: Let's build the best plant breeding forum on the Internet.
« Reply #1 on: 2018-10-10, 12:33:23 PM »
The Open Source Seed Initiative has dedicated time and resources to host a plant breeding forum. A big thank you to the board, donors, and volunteers who have made this forum possible.

What would you like to see in a plant breeding forum?

What forum categories do you think are appropriate?

What questions should be added to this list of things to think about?

Anyway, lets have fun and build a wonderful forum...

Yes,  a big thank you from me as well! I look forward to seeing what interesting and novel topics and projects others are working on as well as friends both old and new. Glad to see the OSSI growing and expanding and hosting a new plant breeding forum. It will be great!

I will keep thinking about these questions, but first hopefully we will get plenty of new users to contribute and share,  not something within your control,  but participation by everyone is is key to keeping a forum active and healthy.  And lots of eye catching photos too!

Categories i will have to think about more in depth because this is aimed at specifically being a plant breeding forum as opposed to just a farming or gardening forum. From some other forums i like they have sometimes split up categories based on vegetable or fruit crop species or families and often that works well i think.

Perhaps a category for various DIY or build-it projects? In addition to plant breeding and gardening i often have various related projects I'm working on.

Perhaps a category for helping pollinator species and building bumble bee nests or other solitary bee species or moths or humingbirds or whatever. I guess crossing over slightly into the permaculture?

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Re: Let's build the best plant breeding forum on the Internet.
« Reply #2 on: 2018-10-10, 12:45:23 PM »
The hosting platform that we chose offers plenty of disk space for photos!

Might want to tweak the file sizes... The default is 4 images per post. 640 Kb total per post, and 128 Kb per image.

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Re: Let's build the best plant breeding forum on the Internet.
« Reply #3 on: 2018-10-10, 01:40:31 PM »
I increased the maximum file size to 256 kB.

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Re: Let's build the best plant breeding forum on the Internet.
« Reply #4 on: 2018-10-10, 01:56:58 PM »
I see that there are various image resizing mods out there for SMF.  Might be worth trying one.  Even 256K is much smaller than most cameras spit out these days, which can be a problem for the less technically savvy.

For example:
http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=2206

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« Reply #5 on: 2018-10-10, 02:31:51 PM »
Until the forum has so much activity that there is more than one page of updated posts every day, I would suggest no categories.  And then only introduce categories as necessary for really popular topics.  HG is a good example - loads of different sub forums, but only a few of them get used with any regularity.  The rest are ghost towns.

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Re: Let's build the best plant breeding forum on the Internet.
« Reply #6 on: 2018-10-10, 02:50:56 PM »
Bill: Thanks for the suggestion about image resizing. I have installed it. Testing now...

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Re: Let's build the best plant breeding forum on the Internet.
« Reply #7 on: 2018-10-10, 02:55:59 PM »
Another image upload

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Re: Let's build the best plant breeding forum on the Internet.
« Reply #8 on: 2018-10-10, 03:00:29 PM »
One more... Is 800 pixels too wide?

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Re: Let's build the best plant breeding forum on the Internet.
« Reply #9 on: 2018-10-10, 03:31:19 PM »
Hi all,
I was hoping something like this would happen! great to see. I will post later after having a think for some suggestions....
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Re: Let's build the best plant breeding forum on the Internet.
« Reply #10 on: 2018-10-10, 04:29:32 PM »
Hi, thanks for creating this
when I search forums, I usually go to "recent topics" every few days when looking into forums. The forums that do not have this are a pain to search, as I would have to click each category after another.

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« Reply #11 on: 2018-10-10, 04:39:08 PM »
And one thing I noticed about forums: the ones having the “karma” as well as a categorization as “newbie” as well as “guru” and everything in between tend to have problems on the long run, because people having a lot of knowledge but writing only few messages get angry that people who post a lot but have no clue tell them they are “newbies” therefore are wrong. A forum in which I participated a lot decided to remove this feature to avoid it, and it helped with the quality of the posts.
I would also remove the categorization here. It does not bring any useful information except the amount of posts or time spent on the forum. These information can be found elsewhere.

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Re: Let's build the best plant breeding forum on the Internet.
« Reply #12 on: 2018-10-10, 04:45:55 PM »
I like the applause feature because sometimes I want to acknowledge a post even though I have nothing to add.  I'm not so sure about the smite feature.

I do recognize that forum popularity contests can be annoying though.  One possibility might be to keep the applause feature but to not show the counts.  Then people will get the benefit of the applause without the temptation to throw their weight around.

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Re: Let's build the best plant breeding forum on the Internet.
« Reply #13 on: 2018-10-10, 05:04:26 PM »
800x600 looks good to me, but I normally use a desktop.  I haven't checked out the forum on any gadgets yet.

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« Reply #14 on: 2018-10-10, 05:57:21 PM »
Registration worked. We will probably need a section on tomatoes.
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