Hello everyone! First off... This will be a respectful discussion, there will not be personal attacks or in general childish behavior, period.
I would like to open the discussion of moderator nomenclature edits within the posts of TerraForums. I can't quite understand the disagreement of a group of people here that seem to have an issue with the editing of their posts for proper name use. Sure, these forums are fairly casual but I think we should all aim for correctness whenever possible. Using proper names and name form seems to be a no brainer. Many of us have gotten plants from others with some strange writing on the tag wondering what it all means, heck we probably even passed that same tag information forward when we gave away or traded off that plant which of course is never a good plan and only causes more future problems. If it's so easy to use proper spelling and such for the names, why not do it? And if we are too lazy to write it out or simply don't know don't know the proper method, why not be willing to accept the help of others that are willing to help you with it. Once you know it, you can easily start using that information in your own posts and most importantly fix your labels!
I think it is important that we remember that many people browse through these forums without an account, not only yesterday and today... but hopefully many years in the future. It could only be helpful to have as much of the information here correct as possible and it is a resource for information, including the proper names of plants. I admit I'm not as perfect on nomenclature as I should be, and I more often than I would like to admit, don't write out the names exactly correct... But I also have zero problem with someone showing me the proper way to do it. I've been pointed a few times to my store for things that were not correct, and I appreciate every single one of them. And to be honest, Joseph is who I asked way back when I first opened my store to please look it over and see if he saw any errors. Speaking of Joseph, back before his absence he did this same kind of work and I only recall appreciation for all the extra time he put in to make sure the names on the forum were correct, or at least keep the discussion of nomenclature active.
Some examples of this work: Writing plant names- revisted 2011 (posted 1-11-2011)
And even this one, from 12-17-2002!! If I recall correctly this forum was created back in 2001 by the way.
Names! what's in a name?
I'm not sure if people think these are personal attacks since they don't remember them being done before (or maybe you weren't active back when Joseph was before... Previously known as Pinguiculaman BTW if that rings a bell). I can see how not seeing these edits, to all the sudden seeing the edits may make it seem like you are being singled out, but even before Joseph came back recently (It's nice to be back Not a Number was doing some of this work as well.
Anyway! What I want to cover here is:
If you do or don't like these edits, why?
Have discussion of why proper name use is so important.
I aim to find a universal way that corrections can be made so that the correct information is posted/on the forum. I guess it might be since they could look like a public scolding of sorts so maybe make it so it can't be seen that moderator edits have been done? etc....
Thanks as always!