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Guide for Contributors

How do I send a message?
How do I send a message with a digital photo?

What data should I provide to assist identification?
How do I access the PestNet archives?
    
Archived messages
    
Photos
How do I temporarily unsubscribe?

PestNet welcomes members from anywhere in the world; Pestnet started with the aim of assisting people in the Pacific Islands and South East Asia; later, it was expanded to CariPestNet, but now it is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

PestNet accepts messages that request or provide advice on plant protection, including quarantine. Messages that contain advertisements will not be accepted, unless they are of particular relevance to plant health in the region.

How do I send a message?

Once you have joined PestNet, you are welcome to send a message asking for advice and information, or to join in the discussions.

To send an email on a new topic, just use your email program to send your message to pestnet@yahoogroups.com.

Don't forget to give:

  1. your name;
  2. who you work for; and
  3. the address of your employer, including the country.

To join a discussion, simply click on the "Rely" button in the same way that you respond to an email message.

How do I send a message with a digital photo?

Digital images of insects, diseases and weeds can be sent to the PestNet network as email attachments from your normal email program. It is best if you attach only 1 or 2 images that are no larger than 75KB each. The restriction on the file size of attached photographs is necessary to ensure that the images can be readily downloaded when connection speeds and/or modems are slow.

To ensure that your images are small enough to send and be downloaded by members, we suggest that you:

  1. Save them in JPEG (.jpg) format.
  2. Make sure that the image quality is set at BASIC (or the lowest quality), and the image size is VGA (640 x 480 pixels). At these settings the file size should be under 75KB and will take approximately 25 seconds to transfer with a 28.8 Kbps connection.

If you have followed these instructions but are still having problems saving your images in the correct format, please email one of the PestNet moderators for advice.

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What data should I provide to assist identification?

To assist PestNet members provide advice on the identification of a pest from digital photographs, please try to:

  1. Include photos of the pest from more than one aspect
  2. Get the focus as sharp as possible
  3. Use a scale measurement
  4. Provide accompanying information on the host, symptoms, growing conditions etc as outlined in the Pest Identification Form

Remember that only tentative identifications of pests can be made from digital photographs. It is important to deposit a voucher specimen in a recognised collection for validation of the identification and later study if needed.

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How do I access the PestNet archives?

Archived messages

PestNet has hundreds of archived email messages containing valuable information from members. These messages are stored on the Yahoo!®Groups website and can be searched using keywords.

To access these messages, sign into Yahoo!, and go to the Pestnet site on Yahoo!®Groups: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/pestnet/. At the home page, click on Messages, which takes you to a list of all the messages and above them boxes where you can enter the message number, if you know it, or a keyword to search the database. 

Remember, many of the discussions on PestNet have been summarised. These include all the images of insects, diseases, weeds, etc., sent for identification. They can be found under Summaries of Messages on the lefthand menu on the Home and Content pages. These summaries also have links to the original emails of each topic, and lists of the replies. 

You can access this information either by going to Summaries of Messages and following the cascading menus, or you can use the search engine.

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How do I temporarily unsubscribe?

  1. If you do not want to receive emails, but would like to be able to read PestNet messages on the Yahoo!®Groups website:
    1. click on Yahoo!®Groups;
    2. click on Join This Group! and then register, or if you are already a member, sign in;
    3. click on Edit My Membership;
    4. change Message Delivery to No Email.
    This feature is particularly useful when you are on holiday or not using your computer for some time. We request that people who set "Out of Office" automatic responses use this feature, as it avoids these messages being sent to PestNet.
  2. If you want to leave PestNet, send a blank email to PestNet-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

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