Bulb lists/forums

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 07:53:26 PDT

When someone suggested changing this list to a forum earlier this 
year, it was pointed out that there is already an excellent  forum 
for bulbs sponsored by the Scottish Rock Garden club and expertly run 
by Maggi Young. A number of people in our group belong to it as well 
as to the pbs list. It and the pbs list are both open to anyone who 
wishes to join and both have many knowledgeable and helpful 
participants. Maggi and I had a long exchange after this when it was 
discussed before and someone alerted her to it from our archives. 
There are advantages to each group.  The biggest difference I believe 
(I'm not a member of the other mostly because I have no extra time 
and I'm sure I'd get hooked quickly) is how we handle images. Images 
are much easier to add in their group as they become part of the 
forum and the posts. We don't allow attachments or images to be added 
to the message. We do allow people to add images to the wiki, but 
this takes a bit of effort to learn how to use. On the other hand it 
is probably easier to find the images later  on the wiki and with 
other pictures in the same place of the same genus.   Since both have 
been in existence for quite awhile, they each have an established 
following. Our list started in 2002, first on Yahoo. People come and 
go to this list, but we have almost 500 members. I understand from 
Maggi that their group is even bigger. We are both proud of each 
group and grateful for the contributions from the people who belong to each.

Mary Sue

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