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Community update

As some of you undoubtedly have noticed, gardening is getting a little bit of a face lift!

Over the next week you'll see tweaks of color, image, and layout. I donated 2 months of paid time to the community, which will allow us to customize our appearance and include a few additional features.

Most importantly though- tags are up for gardening!

Tags are one of the easiest ways for users to find what questions have already been answered. Only mods can create tags for this community, but all users can apply them. Please try to tag all your posts. Likewise, if you see any post that does not have tags or that seems to need another tag, please add it!

The easiest way to tag a post you are making is to publish your post and then on the "post submitted" page click the "edit this entry's tags" link. You can edit tags by clicking the "edit tags" link in the meta-data (where the comments, link, etc. are displayed) of a post.

An alphabetical list of tags appears in the sidebar. If you have a post which needs a tag which does not exist, please tag it with the "tag request" tag. Any post which requires attention from a moderator should be tagged with "to the mods". Community updates, announcements, etc. will be tagged as "mod post".

Why are tags helpful? Tags are like memories on steroids. They allow everyone, new and old, to search for the information they are seeking quickly and efficiently. They help everyone learn. They save us precious space on our friends pages and prevent repetitive stress in our scrolling fingers.

As for whether or not tags are REQUIRED of you- no, they aren't. We're not about to turn on moderation of posts over tagging, and we're not going to delete your un-tagged posts. Is it really awfully nice of you to tag your post? Sure is! Is it super sweet and special of you to tag others posts? Definitely!

I'll keep my eyes on the comments to this post- I welcome your thoughts and criticism on the layout and changes going on. I'm doing all of this for the sake of all you lovely users, not for myself. I want to know what you all think!

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Comments

( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
chevyanna
May. 8th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
I just posted to this awesome community and the tags are now working for me! Thank you for all your hard work! I'll donate a month for sure.

Thank you again and to all the members.
kiss_me_cassie
May. 8th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Very nice looking! :)
david_anderson
May. 8th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, I prefer a non-fixed width layouts in picture heavy communities. here is an example of what I'm talking about.

The actions bar also seems a bit cluttered and out of order. For example, beneath a comment the options are "Link | Reply | Thread | Track this" obviously in alphabetical order. "Reply" REALLY needs to be first. Personally, I'll never use "Tell a friend" or "Link" because I can cut and paste the address just as fast. On the other hand, I love the "Track this" option.
martygreene
May. 8th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
moved the sidebar to the left-hand side, that helps with the image overflow.

I'll have to look into the re-ordering of the meta-links with posts, that's one of those tricky s2 things but I'm pretty sure it CAN be done.
david_anderson
May. 8th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
Thanks.
sammmmmmmmm
May. 8th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
When the paid account is about to run out put up a banner, I'd be happy to help.
xx
angelchrome
May. 8th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
I'll try to finish tagging through June 30, 2007 this evening and turn in a list of additional requested tags. Looks like stuff is getting very well organized very fast. Thanks!
~Å~
atabei
May. 30th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
This post has a zucchini tag I can't get rid of http://community.livejournal.com/gardening/2665599.html
It auto-filled as I hit submit and now I can't delete the extra tag. Sorry about that.
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martygreene
Apr. 16th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
We have them!

There's:
garden method: containers
trailing/vining plants
reviews
recommendations

sammason
Dec. 14th, 2010 09:50 am (UTC)
I'd like to request 5 new tags, please, if that's all right with you.

Comfrey
Fruit: hybrid berry
Garden method: crop rotation
Garden method: mulching
Garden method: underplanting
sammason
Dec. 14th, 2010 10:09 am (UTC)
Oops can I make that 8 new tags?

Allotments and community gardens*
Green manure
Lime

* As you know I'm English. Am I right that the American equivalent of our allotments are called community gardens? I mean small plots available for very low rent to people who otherwise have little or no access to land for gardening.
sammason
Jan. 16th, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
Oh good, you've made all 8 now! Thank you!
sammason
Mar. 14th, 2011 10:32 am (UTC)
Please may we have a tag 'Weather: wind'?
sammason
Mar. 16th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
Please may we have a tag 'Garden critter: earthworms'? Also I notice that we have 'Garden critter: spiders' and also 'Spiders' so perhaps those 2 tags should be amalgamated.
sammason
Mar. 21st, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
Please may we have a tag 'Vegetable: parsnip'?
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