The complete guide is still under construction.
We have put only a very quick guide online right now - I doubt you will find all answers
there so if you still have questions, do
not hesitate to contact me. f.
Stapeliads.info is a website dedicated to Stapeliads - a group of plants with
quite unique and remarkable characteristics. The portal offers a wide range
of services and tools - the major ones being just two click away from the
homepage. To reach the portal "Homepage" just click on "Home" in the menubar
up on the left.
The most important sections of the site are always reachable from any
page, by the top menu
. Items left to right.
- Stapeliads.info:: - click here to bring up the
secondary menu (see below).
- Home: brings you to the "homepage" of the site, the main
entrance to the portal. The homepage is important since it contains
all information and news about the site as well as the secondary
- Site Map: Map of the major resources of the site and a
list of articles and article directories with a short description
(browseable). Expands/shrinks according to user's priviledges.
- Documents: Index of the articles and article directories
available on the site.
- Forum: enter the stapeliads.info community forum - there
is a guide on the forum for further information.
- SI-Database: One of the interfaces to the Stapeliads.info
database - this deals with specimens and entities, photos, notes,
cultivation hints and so on. You can browse by genus/species, by
entity code (SI), by searching for a name ...
- PAN: Another interface to the main database, just on the
nomenclatural side - PAN (Publications, Authors and Plant names)
lets you browse through official publication data (journals, date,
authors, published names and so on).
- Contact Us: To get in touch with the site authors.
- Site Guide: This document.
- About us: A short description of the authors and site.
As said, clicking on the "stapeliads.info" in the top left
menu bar will bring up a secondary menu with more specific
options. The contents of the secondary menu depend on the
user priviledges. From the secondary menu you can generally
access to several options (your options, change your password
and other), you can access to the StapChat Chatting window
(if any user is using it you will see the username listed
in the menu) and many other things.
Even if stapeliads.info has been built on a very complex database
and we try to do our best to maintain a high data purity on this
"core" resource, the site is open to anyone not only for reading,
but also and especially for contributing.
Users subscribing to the website are assigned a "rank" - what users
will be able to do and to contribute depends on their rank. "Site
editors" will be able to work on the core databases and edit more
or less any section of the site. "Reviewers" will be able to modify
the site to a less extent, but still in a considerable way.
Normal users, instead, will not only be allowed to take part to the
stapeliads.info forum, but will (and shall) be able to contribute
their own experiences and notes to the portal. Whenever you browse
through the SI Database or PAN you will be allowed to propose your
own observations, images and notes to this or that species or
taxon - once verified and approved by a site
editor or reviewer these notes will become a permanent part of
With the "user proposal" mechanism we hope our portal will become
a living entity growing and growing by itself - thanks to the
contributions and ideas of the users like you.
Start making stapeliads.info yours
- now. Read
contributing how to
and see what you can do to become part of our project.