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_MG_3200 myxo

Observed: 6th November 2011 By: miked
iSpot team
Fungi and Lichens expert

might be badhamia foliicola??


Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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There are a number of these lovely yellow fungi that grow on dead wood. It is usually impossible to get to species From a photo. See https://web.stanford.edu/~siegelr/slime/slime.html
By adding a reasonable ID Mike, I have changed the group from Other Organisms to Fungi.. This has invoked Likelihood and removed the Observation form your Dragons Project - sorry!

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Obviously we were typing at

Obviously we were typing at same moment and I can't remove my ID!

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Ha yes...but why have you been waiting so long - FIVE years?
You should agree to mine - I need another Icon!

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I could agree with you but is

I could agree with you but is your ID linked up properly, did you select it from the list or just type it freehand?

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I hope it is linked, I have been advising others to always use the drop-down and I did. I cannot spell myxmotosises on my own!
Surely you can tell by the Panel being properly formed - my aim.

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Have agreed with you, I was

Have agreed with you, I was worried about the words before the Scientific name.
While you have been looking at these tricky ones I have been having discussions with one of programmers about the difficulties of the next big change to the species dictionaries. A whole different level of nightmares, sorry tricky little issues to be dealt with over the coming months.

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Thanks..Yes, I imagine so (tricky issues).
Yes to a Dictionary revamp though - all the Indexes need to be updated and, somehow, synonyms should be dealt with.

Common names always appear in brackets - I have learned to add words to this area which support the Scientific ID - as you know, common names are often not straightforward.
To be honest Mike what you need is not a revamp of the site but some in-house Mentors to bring on first-time posters, beginners and those who have not got the hang of the ethic. Appoint a few seniors who might love to ENCOURAGE beginners and gently put right those who falter with the general ethic.
Honest though (really), the site is working well but we have lost a lot of good people in the last two years of difficulty.

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We discussed this a few weeks

We discussed this a few weeks ago in the context of what might be possible in the new structure and will revisit the topic again in the autumn so any ideas on what a mentor might do would be welcomed.

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Well, the sort of thing MIGHT be this http://www.ispotnature.org/node/825151#comment-426940 less long winded perhaps - fresh in my memory as it's today.
Greeting first-time posters and encouraging them to progress like this (perhaps) http://www.ispotnature.org/node/792176 read the comment trail Mike. Both JoC and I go out of our way in Marines and Seaweeds to do this. I try particularly hard to welcome and advise first-time posters when I encounter one.
Another http://www.ispotnature.org/node/326167#comment-406554 Leslie simply 'arrived'. I wrote to her outside iSpot to ask if she would 'stay'. She had no Icons until she visited ZA and, like me, Peter Southwood was pleased - they awarded her with Expert. You know I have recommended the award of a few Knowledgeable Badges - that might be another role for in-house mentors.
To be honest I have lost track of the number of times this welcoming approach has paid dividends.
I seeded the idea to Martin when I first joined.
You'll get m'drift and you will know enough seniors with good records who might respond to a request for a trial period. BUT they have to be active and should be badged.