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 Post subject: Index to Birds, our Forum library
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:54 am 
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I've come to realise that the Index to Birds should not just be a "quicklink" to a post relating to a specific species, but should serve as an educational tool on the Forum - our very own Forum Bird Guide!

Therefore I will from now on only add a species post to the Index once it contains a species description and photographs.

There are many examples of how this can be done:

A very basic one, but giving a quick yet good rundown on the key features of the species:
Apalis, Yellow-breasted

Or (preferably) very in-depth information:
Moorhen, Lesser
Penguin, Macaroni

You can obviously use other guides as reference material (but please don't do an EXACT Copy-and-Paste!), but the important thing is to highlight the key features that you personally found to be useful to make the succesful ID.

If you don't have pics, but want to contribute, then by all means PLEASE create the post! I'm sure soon there will be forumites adding their own pics to that thread!!! So as soon as the description AND pics appear in the thread, I'll add it to the index, okay!? And at the moment we "only" have 423 species listed, so a lot still to add. Note that once you've created a species post you must please PM me to point this out?

Please contribute to this? :pray: It is fun and you can share your sightings with all. And more importantly in the process we are creating a Forum Bird Guide that will add value to the Forum and might in the process promote the Forum even more!

Any comments :huh: suggestions :rtm: or citicism :evil: ???


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 Post subject: Re: Index to Birds, our Forum library
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:41 am 
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:thumbs_up: Hey, I hadn't found the Index to Birds before.

This should help with the weekly ID challenges! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Index to Birds, our Forum library
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:49 am 
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Now we'll have to make sure we DON'T use pics found on the Forum!!! :twisted:

Anita, you already raised a good point - you didn't know about the Index to Birds, DESPITE it being the very topmost topic on the Bird pages! What do we do to highlight it more? And maybe we should actually rename it to something like "Forum Bird Guide"?


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 Post subject: Re: Index to Birds, our Forum library
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:29 pm 
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Moegaai, there's just so much on these forums to read, and only so many hours in the day (and usually half the night!). I find it takes all the time I can spare, plus some, just to keep up with the new posts, let alone look around, but I shall make the time to do so, as I can see that I'm missing out on a helluva lot!

And I only joined the forum to ask a question about accommodation at Addo! :hmz: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Index to Birds, our Forum library
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:38 pm 
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And so the addiction set in! :twisted:


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