Yes, Dexenthes, you have several valid points. I especially appreciate the one about my correcting plant names by adding the abbreviation for the genus. In the future I need to be sure, as nomenclature requires, that the first time a genus is mentioned it should be written out, not abbreviated. This is the only way to ensure the search tool can most easily do its job.
Sure, I would probably know what you mean. Especially if the post/thread were in the Nepenthes subforum, but there was a time when I wouldn't have. I would have been annoyed and either have to ask you to explain, or do more research to discover you were probably talking about Nepenthes edwardsiana (Low ex Hook.f., 1859). But contemporary meaning isn't all that is important in archive searchable forums. Sure it would be okay if we were discussing "Instant Messaging", but this isn't an IM only forum.But, for instance, who really doesn't know what plant I would be talking about if I said?
"Hey my edwardsiana is growing well"
Try using the "search" feature to pull up all "posts", not threads, concerning Nepenthes, or N. The search tool works for the full genus name, but the abbreviation alone, is too short - so any and all posts where a Nepenthes plants genus name was not written out completely, such as your hypothetical, edwardsiana post, well, that post wouldn't come up in the search - oh well, unless the search were specific for edwardsiana. What if I were a newbie trying to learn all I could about Nepenthes. Appropriate threads might or might not, all be in the Nepenthes subforum. If the full genus name is not used in a post or posts, those posts will not be in that search. Perhaps at some point, someone might even wish to read about this subject as it regards Nepenthes. And since we may not always limit our discussion of CP to this or any other forum, it might benefit some of us to learn more of the details of formal plant nomenclature. An important detail might be that all plant names are both singular and plural, as written, for an important reason. Changing plant names, even by adding an apostrophe and "s" in an attempt to make them plural, modifies the name so it is no longer correct.
It's not so much being able to understand what is being discussed in a particular thread or even post, it's being able to find those threads or posts when they're buried in the archives, archives being any and all threads that aren't active at the moment.
Maybe being able to accurately search the archives, which all forum threads eventually become, isn't important to some. But, I, for one, use the search feature quite regularly, and am still frustrated when I can't easily locate threads/posts I remember viewing in the past, to refresh my understanding of those threads contents, or to try to answer a question that has developed. I envision there may be others, besides myself, who may someday want to easily find posts concerning certain plants or groups of plants, and be unable to easily accomplish this task - as already happens to me when I try to do my own searches.
Newbies to CP, which I can still vividly remember being, can certainly benefit from learning the details of plant nomenclature, from all sides of this issue. Do you remember when you didn't know all the genera of CP? When I was a newbie I certainly could have used more education about this subject from where I expected to find it - growers, who we now consider oldtimers (we're the oldtimers for current newbies). I've been involved with many different facets of the plant world, (orchids, bamboo, and CP) and communication has always benefited from accurate and correct nomenclature, either oral or written. It is a disservice for those of us who have been working with CP, no matter how long, to disregard these details and teach others to do likewise, even by example. The first time a newbie gets into a situation where correct nomenclature is important, and there are many situations where it is, they will question why such important information was being ignored, here.
Perhaps someday we may even find ourselves attempting to discuss our beloved CP with a French botanist. It might even assist our discussion if we know enough about the language of plant names, even if we don't otherwise speak each others languages.
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Though I may be editing 90% of the posts, I am not correcting grammar, spelling, or other possible problems, just incorrect plant nomenclature so that current and future searches can be more meaningful, and so newbies can discover the worlds of botanical and horticultural nomenclature, so they might not be completely caught off guard when they find themselves in situations where nomenclature is much more respected and expected.