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The purpose of this site is to allow people a semi-comprehensive venue for posting about plants, animals, fungi, other beings with taxa, materials, substances, software, etc. in a drama-free, low-stress, non-competitive fashion, with most forums having a primary focus on food, cooking, gardening, and farming (although we are not at all limited to those topics; in fact, not every forum is about something edible, nor something farmed; some may just be about wildlife, other kinds of life, or other things). Although questions are welcome, Q/A is not the focus. Socialization, documentation, and blog-style posts are the focus. Blog-style posts are those that are complete whether or not they get replies. Documentation might include such as recipes, experiments, plant breed information, wildlife observations, other observations, etc. Socialization might include sharing your growlists with others, trading seeds (it should still contribute to the site), etc. All posts (other than trades and such) should be potentially useful and/or enriching to a third party (but they need not be particularly useful to a majority).

As a member of this site, you should focus most on producing quality, relevant content for readers (present and future, including the long-term future). The readers you should have in mind do not only include site members.

Similarly, posts are intended to have long-term scope, having users from search-engines in mind. However if you want your thread locked, just ask a moderator.

However, please do not treat individual threads like forums, especially if a forum with the same topic already exists. In other words, if it's foreseeable that your thread could have been five hundred threads, please make five hundred threads instead of one (the reason is that a single thread in this context would mostly only be easily useful to the participants, with newcomers having to read a lot of unnecessary material to find out what is appropriate to say). Similarly, try not to derail threads, but if you do, please edit the subject to be something that matches your new thought. Thread subjects should generally be quite specific. For instance, try not to make a thread called Melons, 2020 in the Melon forum (because it might absorb everyone's posts that year and make individual ones hard to find). Consider tagging all your posts with a tag for that year instead.

Quality control is an important aspect of this forum. Threads may be edited, moved, deleted, locked, etc. for quality control purposes. This helps ensure that posts are high quality, on-topic, organized, helpful, in English, ethical, comprehensible, and in accordance to the rules, among other things. There is no guarantee that any particular post will endure a full or partial quality control process, however. One anticipated reason for edits is to add, remove, or adjust tags so that they are standardized and useful.

You should anticipate that some and/or all of your posts will probably endure a quality control process, whether or not you obey or try to obey the rules. This is not a punishment. Even those who obey the rules perfectly will probably have their posts edited, moved, locked, etc. from time to time. This is one of the reasons that you have to become a Member (as opposed to just registering) before you can post (to ensure that you know about this in advance). If, after you have become a member, it becomes clear that you are upset and bewildered about this, you may loose your membership status until you read and accept the rules (again).
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