This is the PGC megathread! It contains all of the important information about the club, common questions, guidelines, and links to “how to” guides for getting started.

Index

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s leave our community better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

Powered by You

This site is operated by your friendly local staff and you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, open a new topic in the site feedback category and let’s discuss! If there’s a critical or urgent issue that can’t be handled by a meta topic or flag, contact us via the staff page.

Policy on “illegal” seeds

To avoid exposing our users to law enforcement, we will actively remove posts advertising currently illegal seeds such as cannabis.

Advertising Your Website

We do not mind if you want to promote your website here, as long as it’s related to horticulture. Member profiles are a great place to put your website’s URL. Please do not over-promote or spam your website. One post is enough to describe your plant business and what you do.

USPS Policy on Shipping Plants

It’s important that you read and understand the laws and regulations involved with shipping plants, seeds, or soil. Make sure you read USPS Publication 14. The link below will give you more details.

https://about.usps.com/publications/pub14/welcome.htm

How to Trade Seeds & Plants on the PGC Market

We have written a detailed guide on how to do that here:

https://plantgrowersclub.com/t/how-to-trade-seeds-and-plants-on-the-market/29

How to Use the Trader Rating/Review System

If you want to rate or review someone after a trade, reply to their trade list post in the marketplace. There you can see the ratings button or write your own review.

Donations

Plant Growers Club is provided for free to anyone who wants to join. We keep the lights on and web servers up through donations and sponsored advertisements. You can support the club by becoming a Patron or even simply disabling/whitelisting your browser’s ad-blocker on our website. To get access to the club supporter group, go to our Patreon page and make a donation of any amount. Becoming a club supporter has numerous benefits including:

  • Access to Patron-only hidden forum section.

  • Member gets a special title/avatar flair image.

  • Patron activity badge reward for donating.

  • Prioritized moderator consideration when positions are open.

  • Prioritized user support if you need help or have questions.

  • Advertisements (Banner Ads) Disabled

Website Features

This is a list of all currently available features of this website.

  • Dynamic Notifications: Live member notifications when someone quotes you, private messages you, mentions your @name, badge rewards, etc. Includes optional push notifications on mobile or desktop.

  • Reviews/Ratings: People who trade plants and seeds with each other on our marketplace can rate and review each other.

  • Responsive: Website appearance changes based on the device viewing it. The mobile phone version will look different than the desktop computer version.

  • Badges: Earn digital badges for using the website. These are just flair to show your level of experience here.

  • Auto Embeds: Links to many popular websites like YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia, etc. will display directly on the website and automatically expand to provide additional context and information.

  • Trust System: The more you use the website, the more features you will unlock. More experienced members will gain more power to help maintain the club.

  • Community Moderation: Regular members can flag spam, harassment, and illegal content to be taken down by the moderators.

  • Auto Spam Block: Akismet spam blocking technology will automatically detect and block spam bots from posting in our community.

  • Social Login: Login and/or register with your account from other popular websites like Google, Twitter, Facebook, Patreon, etc.

  • Private Messages: Send messages directly to other members that you don’t want to be publicly visible to the entire club. This is good for sending payment or shipping details during seed or plant exchanges.

  • Likes: “Like” a post to show appreciation to another member’s post. Click the red heart icon to like a post.

  • E-Mail notifications: When you aren’t actively using the website, notifications will be sent to you via e-mail. You can turn e-mail notifications on and off in your settings.

  • Emoji: Large database of available emoji icons for displaying icons within your postings. Built into the text editor.

  • Seed/Plant Marketplace: Trade seeds & plants with other members of the club for free.

  • Location & Maps: Marketplace listings can be tagged with geolocation. Locations are displayed on a map. A global map is available with all listing locations. These features help to facilitate local, regional, and worldwide plant and seed trade.

  • Buy/Sell/Exchange Tags: You can tag listings in the marketplace depending on what they are intended for. Members can filter through particular tags to find the type of trade they are looking for.

  • Completed Exchanges: Members can tag a listing in the marketplace as completed. This will auto-lock the topic and tag the title of it to show other members that the trade isn’t currently active anymore.

  • Member Profiles: Write your own custom “About Me” sections. Add your own custom avatars, profile header images, user card backgrounds, website, etc.

  • Birthdays: Members who enter their birthdays in their profiles will receive little digital birthday cakes.

  • Interface Settings: Change the way the website is displayed to you by editing text size and generals layout options. You can access these in the settings area.

  • Invites: Invite friends to the club by email. This feature also allows invitations to particular groups.

  • Highlight to Quote: You can highlight any part of someone’s post to quote what they are saying in your reply. A quote button will automatically appear after you highlight sections of someone’s post. Simply press the button.

  • Club Supporters: People who donate to the club get access to a special group with many benefits. Read about the benefits here.

  • Image Uploads: Images can be uploaded into forum posts. PGC will hold the images on its server.

  • Member Locations: You can display your city, state, and country publicly if you would like to show other members. Member locations will show when you click the member’s circular avatar image next to their name. This helps to facilitate trade in the marketplace.

  • Automatic Backups: All of the website’s data is backed up at a server level every week. If something bad happens to the website, it can be restored to a previous point.

  • Member Bookmarks: All members can bookmark any thread. This saves it for you in a special “bookmarks” list so that you can go back and quickly find it again.

  • Platform Updates: PGC is built on an open-source forum platform called Discourse, this platform has a team of developers behind it who provide consistent updates that fix bugs and introduce new technical features.

  • GIFs: Add animated GIFs to your posts within the text composer.

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.