PART 3- FORUM PROJECTS PROLIFERATE 2014 When last we left, the Sarracenia forum had gained many members due to the work of meizzwang and others who helped create the posts and pictures necessary to use the forum as a resource for learning. This started in 2011. It took 2 years before the Sarracenia Forum took on any type of organizational project.
The responsabilities of the global moderators are as follows: As for responsibilities, they are simple: 1. Moderate the forum by deleting spam posts to thread, or shoutbox. This also includes banning members if need be.
2. Help Members if they need it (Everyone will see you as a Global Mod, so just answer questions, or help if anyone approaches you).
3. **** Update the Calendar ****** This is probably the biggest hassle and most annoying part of the position. If ICPS or other plant societies have events, they should be added. This also includes events from Cali Carnivores, and other vendors, or any events where the vendors may be selling plants (even if the event isn't exclusive to carnivores!).
4. This is less of a hassle, and I usually do it, but if you find a thread is very interesting, or that it's discussion is growing fast. Or if a new member is adding a lot of awesome content, update it on the news feed! I usually update it once a month, but sometimes I am late (update news after it is "news"). If you can keep on top of it, it would be cool, but you don't need to. Actually, there are many times when nothing at all is happening.
5. Come up with ideas to update and improve the forum! I am open to all ideas, and this will take place in the form of discussion between us.
The mods took this last one to heart. I received a message from David soon after, sending me this in early 2014:
I had some Ideas for the forums: •Plant Identification section •I was thinking about if we would want to a 'Forum Auction' to raise money to help benefit the forums? ( if there are any upgrades that cost money that would be useful.) •I think it would be a great idea to have a CP art section in the forums too tell me if you have any opinions on these Ideas Thanks! -David
The Plant Identification section now lives on in the Plant Pictures section.
The first forum auction took place in 2015,
And the Art Section now has some very interesting posts, things I would have never thought I'd see.
From this first post came discussions of design, if the shirt should be sold for profit, or at cost, and how the shirts should be sold (what organization to use)! The forum then got busy creating MANY designs. All of which are still up.
To summarize the entire process: the forum chose a BLACK shirt for rmeyer SARRACENIA FLAVA design, and that the shirts should be sold for $20 with the profits going to the NASC.
Most of the valuable plants were posted by philcula and I could not thank him enough for his generosity! If you would like to see any of the 35 auctions it is all chronicled here: sarracenia.proboards.com/board/39/2015-spring-auction?page=2 Stay tuned for the next post where i go over the t-shirt sales, seed giveaways, and viewing of Deathtrap in 2015, plus how the forum managed to get invited to be in a documentary which is now being planned!
Quick update: Several note-worthy field scientists and renowned old school growers have joined our Sarracenia family in both very recent times and in the past two years or so. This forum has become much more than we ever imagined, and it continues to grow like Sarrz ROIDED out on maxsea!
TSF is definitely THE place to call home for anyone growing sarracenia. Lots of valuable information being passed out/down. Even after 12 years of growing sarracenia, I can’t tell you how much I have learned in the relatively short time I have been here since, has definitely made me a better grower. Another perk is that I have made many new “virtual” friends here.
This forum has such a mature, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere…and NO DRAMA. The lack of “people drama” is what struck me first off and is what kept me coming back in the beginning, and is one of the things that set this forum apart from some others IMHO. I don’t have to wade through “drama” posts to get to the informative stuff. Kudos to the moderation of this forum!
The community atmosphere is what at first got me to register here and the knowledgeable members made it compelling to keep checking in but I will give credit where credit is due and it is my testimony that Mike's plan is a good one. Through all the time and effort he put into showcasing all of the sarracenia species and CV's actually increased my overall awareness of the carnivore varieties and it's potential. So yeah, Mike's efforts were indeed a deciding factor not only for the forum but for the species. Good Work Mike!
That coupled with the fact that a good portion of these photo'd can actually be available to me is what enabled me to favor this site above all the rest. I believe it is not talked about enough but in my experiences one of the key factors that separate a good place from a dead place is commerce/trade/distribution.
A point illustrated by Rob S. in a thread about collecting from the wild. Yes, it is terrible but the income generated allows for a better outcome than just plowing it. At least they are distributed into cultivation instead of being destroyed forever.
Being able to see all the neat varieties is all but useless if they are locked away and only accessible by a handful of people. It is my belief that through generosity/distribution will we prosper and continue to grow further both collectively and individually.
Thanks for bringing this thread back out of the archives, almost forgot about it, and I think a lot of the newer members would find this story fascinating. It's crazy to see how fast we are evolving: even within the past year, so much has happened.....
stu: Hi Mike: I’m pleased to report that the S. rubra wherryi Chatom Giant you sent has arrived in great shape as did the bonus plant from NC. Both are now back under southern skies and are feeling warm, humid, and at home again. Thanks!
Jul 22, 2020 13:21:21 GMT -5
sanguinearocks101: I am planning on doing an order from Mike... and I’m on a budget, some of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made
Aug 27, 2020 8:28:29 GMT -5
sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
Sept 10, 2020 18:46:52 GMT -5
adaetz100: Sarracenia purpurea tends to add a lot of red/purple to its offspring, but there are some lovely dark red flava x leucophylla crosses too. Look up 'Royal Ruby' if you're not familiar with it already--it's a natural flava x leuco hybrid
Sept 22, 2020 20:15:04 GMT -5
sarrseens: How about $50
Oct 3, 2020 10:35:54 GMT -5