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Welcome! It's awesome you're interested in joining our little community.
 
Welcome! It's awesome you're interested in joining our little community.
  
First, let's dispel a common worry: '''you don't need to be a botanist or expert gardener to help out'''. There are ''loads'' of ways in which you can get involved. If you want to help improve the database, awesome! If not, you can help welcome new members, participate in community decisions, help spread the word, design info-graphics to share, build the website, and so on... whatever your skills and desires, there's a place for you in our community :)
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First, let's dispel a common worry: '''you don't need to be a botanist or expert gardener to help out'''. There are ''loads'' of ways in which you can get involved, even if you don't feel confident editing articles. If you want to help improve the database, awesome! If not, you can help welcome new members, participate in community decisions, help spread the word, design info-graphics to share, and so on... whatever your skills and desires, there's a place for you in our community :)
  
 
Read on to find out the ways you could help, and how to get involved...
 
Read on to find out the ways you could help, and how to get involved...
 
==Communication==
 
The easiest way to get started is to say hello on the [/community community forums]
 
 
==Participation==
 
  
 
==How you can help==
 
==How you can help==
 
There's loads of ways to help out - first and most obviously is by [[Help:Contributors guide|contributing to articles]], but there's also plenty of other jobs helping to spread the word, manage the community, and so on...
 
There's loads of ways to help out - first and most obviously is by [[Help:Contributors guide|contributing to articles]], but there's also plenty of other jobs helping to spread the word, manage the community, and so on...
===Small tasks===
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If you have a couple hours spare and want to know how you can help, we've got a list of small tasks you can pick up, see our [[PracticalPlants:Pick up tasks|list of pick-up tasks]] and select something that you feel like you can get done in the time you've got available.
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===Housekeeping===
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If you have a couple hours spare and want to know how you can help, we've got a list of small tasks you can pick up, see our [[PracticalPlants:Housekeeping|list of housekeeping tasks]] and select something that you feel like you can get done in the time you've got available.
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===Community roles===
 
===Community roles===
 
If you've got a few hours a week to dedicate, you could consider taking up a specific role in the community, take a look at our [[PracticalPlants:Community roles|list of community roles]]
 
If you've got a few hours a week to dedicate, you could consider taking up a specific role in the community, take a look at our [[PracticalPlants:Community roles|list of community roles]]
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===Words of welcome and encouragement===
 
===Words of welcome and encouragement===
A kind word of appreciation or welcome goes a long way. If you see someone has submitted some  
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A kind word of appreciation goes a long way to making a community. If you see someone has made some recent contributions, worked on the website, or been active in the community, a small word of encouragement really helps keep that member motivated.
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===Spread the word===
 
===Spread the word===
 
We're building the Practical Plants database to provide a tool for others to use, but first they have to know about it! Anything you can do to spread the word to friends, neighbors and like-minded people and communities can only help our project!
 
We're building the Practical Plants database to provide a tool for others to use, but first they have to know about it! Anything you can do to spread the word to friends, neighbors and like-minded people and communities can only help our project!
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===Website design & development===
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If you're a web designer, there's plenty you can help with! See our [[PracticalPlants::Developer portal|:Developer portal]] for more info.

Revision as of 12:06, 11 June 2013

Joining the community

Welcome! It's awesome you're interested in joining our little community.

First, let's dispel a common worry: you don't need to be a botanist or expert gardener to help out. There are loads of ways in which you can get involved, even if you don't feel confident editing articles. If you want to help improve the database, awesome! If not, you can help welcome new members, participate in community decisions, help spread the word, design info-graphics to share, and so on... whatever your skills and desires, there's a place for you in our community :)

Read on to find out the ways you could help, and how to get involved...

How you can help

There's loads of ways to help out - first and most obviously is by contributing to articles, but there's also plenty of other jobs helping to spread the word, manage the community, and so on...

Housekeeping

If you have a couple hours spare and want to know how you can help, we've got a list of small tasks you can pick up, see our list of housekeeping tasks and select something that you feel like you can get done in the time you've got available.

Community roles

If you've got a few hours a week to dedicate, you could consider taking up a specific role in the community, take a look at our list of community roles

Words of welcome and encouragement

A kind word of appreciation goes a long way to making a community. If you see someone has made some recent contributions, worked on the website, or been active in the community, a small word of encouragement really helps keep that member motivated.

Spread the word

We're building the Practical Plants database to provide a tool for others to use, but first they have to know about it! Anything you can do to spread the word to friends, neighbors and like-minded people and communities can only help our project!

Website design & development

If you're a web designer, there's plenty you can help with! See our :Developer portal for more info.