Re: Why not add some more categories?
Thanks for the insight. Personally, I have the unreadposts search
link as my bookmark for this forum and all my other plant forums. So even if you added a gazillion categories (sub-forums) I'd still see posts by other people with different interests. I've become quite adept at skimming over them! Hah. But, sometimes I don't have the time to visit as frequently as I would like. When that happens it would be nice to click on an "epiphyte" category and see all the relevant threads that I might have missed. The alternative is to conduct a search for "orchid" and "Coelogyne" and "Tillandsia" and "Bromeliad" and "Fascicularia" and "Sarmienta" and "Drynaria" and "Aglamorpha" and "Polypodium" and...it's kind of a long list. Sometimes people discuss epiphytes without using the word "epiphyte".
But perhaps it's not as much of an issue for some of the other plant topics. Well...it's probably also an issue if you want to see threads with travel photos. Then you'd have to search for "Madeira" and "Himalayas" and "New Zealand" and "Mexico"...it's also a long list. And you'd probably be inundated with irrelevant search results. Same thing if you wanted to search for threads about garden tours
. In that thread the word "tour" wasn't used even once but the word "visit" was used four times. Oftentimes we don't post threads with a thesaurus in mind. This means that chances are good that relevant/valuable threads aren't going to be found. Like well hidden eastern eggs.
So I think that there might be certain topics that work better as categories rather than as searches.
What about cold protection? My uncle in Texas recently asked me the best way to protect a marango tree from the cold. I don't know the answer! I don't even know what a marango tree is. It would be nice to simply link him to a category on this forum dedicated to the art of protecting plants from the cold...especially if some of the best threads were "stickied". I don't know if linking him to search results for "cold protection" would be as effective.
I think that breeding for cold tolerance might also qualify as being better suited as a category. Then you could send Bill the link to the category and encourage him to share his perspective on the topic. That guy has a ton of seedlings! That's awesome! They can't all be equally cold tolerant...can they? But has he noticed much variation in cold tolerance? Does he exchange pollen with other people who have exceptionally cold tolerant individuals? Is there much progress being made? Does selecting for cold tolerance fall under artificial selection or natural selection?
"Growing on the edge" should largely be about moving that edge further along. Well...that's just my perspective. Glad that the feedback is welcome.