Flower Editors, How To

Hikers contributing new flowers or photos for flowers already in the database will have the role “Flower Contributor”. They are expected to take decent photos and be aware of parts of a plant that aid in identification (flower head, back side of flower, stem, leaves, stickiness, etc.). That is, you shouldn’t have to deal with a closeup of a DYF being submitted for a new flower. If that should happen, respond back with “not sufficient evidence for identification.”

The process for editing a new flower or flower photo is as follows:

  1. A Flower Contributor adds a new flower. The website sends a notification to all Flower Editors that a new flower has been added. The message is of the form:

    “A new flower has been posted for [Flower Latin Name] on [Date Added] by [Hiker Name] for [Flower Editor Name] to review. Wait until you get a notification that there’s an update, which will mean that supporting photos have been posted.”

    The website sets the status to “Not Reviewed”.

  2. The Flower Contributor adds photos. The website sends a notification to all Flower Editors that a flower has been updated. The message is of the form:

    “A change has been posted for [Flower Latin Name] on [Date Added] by [Hiker Name] for [Flower Editor Name] to review.
    If the change is OK, set the publication status to “Reviewed w/pics”. Also contact the person who submitted the change, and say whether it’s OK or you disagree with the identification.”
  3. The specified Flower Editor goes to Flora-Fauna -> Flowers List for Editors, and locates the flower. The website keeps duplicate Latin Names from being entered. If it’s a new flower, it will have the largest Flower Key. For photos for existing flowers, click on the Latin Name, then check on photos to the far right of the photos display. The photographer’s name will be in the caption.
  4. The specified Flower Editor checks the identification of the flower using the provided Web Reference and possibly other source documents. We want to encourage hikers to become major contributors to our flower collection, so be kind in your criticism. Sometimes you can encourage them to post their photo(s) for the correct flower Latin name.
  5. If you agree with their ID, change the status to “Reviewed w/pics”.

  6. Send the Flower Contributor an email informing them whether or not you agree with their ID.

If photos are submitted without the Flower Key added to the beginning of the filename and/or without a caption, detach each of their photos from the flower by clicking on the little x on the rhs of the photo and ask the Flower Contributor to resubmit the photos.