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Welcome to Mushroom Observer!
Here are some suggestions to help you get up to speed on, and make better use of MO conventions which may be confusing to newer users.
Each Observation has two sets of fields relating to where the mushroom was found (or seen):
- Where: A mandatory field listing the for the mushroom in this Observation was found (or seen). The Where field is filled in with an MO
- Latitude/Longitude/Elevation: Optional fields for the exact geo-coordinate point for this mushroom.
For instance, if you found a mushroom in Gemini Springs Park, please use “Gemini Springs Park, DuBary, Florida, USA” for Where, and Lat/Lon to indicate the exact spot within the park where you found the mushroom of that Observation. (And if you didn’t find it in Gemini Springs Park, please use a different Where locality.)
This lets all Users search for all mushrooms found in Gemini Springs Park.
Other Users cannot modify your Observations (but admins can), and you own any copyright (subject to licenses) in the Observation (and images). Users don’t own the particular data and copies of images which they post on MO; although they have exclusive write-access, MO Observations (or posted image copies) are not their personal property.
An MO Location is a general locality. It’s a two-dimensional area, rather than a one-dimensional exact point. We currently use a rectangular bounding box (North/South/East/West) to delimit the Location.
A Location’s “Where” field should include the full name of the state, plus “USA”, for instance:
“Gemini Springs Park, DuBary, Florida, USA”, rather than “Gemini Springs Park, DuBary, FL”
MO Locations are intended to be re-used in multiple Observations and by other Users. The bounding box therefore should correspond to the everyday understanding of the Where field. For instance, the bounding box for Gemini Springs Park should delimit the park as a whole, rather than a spot within the park where one User found one particular mushroom.
MO Locations are crowd-sourced. They intended to be re-used by other users., and not owned by any user. There’s no such thing as a Location which is “exclusive to the observer.”
If you change your mind about where a particular Observation is located, you should change the “Where” field, rather than modifying the Location.
If you don’t use the above conventions, other Users may modify a Location which you created, or a site admin may delete it or combine it with another location.
MO uses scientific names.
If you think you know the genus of a Observation, please simply use the genus as the proposed identification. I.e. “Amanita” rather than creating a new non-scientific name like “Possible Amanita species”.
When creating a Name, please remember to choose the current Rank from the Rank drop-down menu (something I often forget).
MO Names are intended to be re-used by other Users.
Almost all MO Names are currently crowd-sourced. Like other things posted on MO, they are not owned by any User. If you don’t use the above conventions, other Users (or an admin) will likely modify a Name you created.
If you have questions about MO, most Users are happy to help. You can contact them via the Email link which appears on other Users’ Summary pages. You might be interested in joining the Unofficial MO Facebook Group 1 You can also email the webmaster via the Send a Comment link in the left-hand navigation bar.
MO Development Team
1 That group is not monitored by MO Development Team or MO, Inc., and we aren’t responsible for its content.
The location of these trails is not Gemini Springs Park but is north of there in far northwest DeBary near the Duke Energy reclaimed water plant. The GPS coordinates for the location of the photo were approximately 28.912281 and -81.323805.
As per the GPS coordinates, this collection was made in Gemini Springs County Park. That location has already been created by Mr. Peterson.