<br>I hope that the recent changes to the taxonomy on the site can be corrected to be botanically correct... As an example, garbanzo beans were recently moved to the subcategory of "beans" and listed with "Phaseolus vulgaris". Garbanzo beans are not only a different species than common beans they are a different genera: Cicer arietinum. Also runner beans are listed with common beans even though they are also a different species. Oops! Tepary beans were also moved into a sub-category with common bush beans when they are a separate species and are definitely not bush beans. <br><br>Also Swiss Chard is listed in a separate category from Beets even though they are the same species and freely inter-cross with each other. I think that things that are the same species should be listed in the same category, and that things that are different species and different genera should not be lumped together. <br><br>If it was a database administrator that made those changes perhaps it would be better if you focused on making a functional site and leave the botany to the farmers.<br><br>
If the goal of the grassroots seed network is democratic process, then I think that should be embedded into the whole organization and it's infrastructure: especially the website. That would allow for things like members/subscribers changing the taxonomy willy-nilly on a whim. As an example of this type of web-site organization visit any wikipedia site and change the content of the page. Perhaps contribute a new article. Watch the editing process for months. Participate. The premise of Wikipedia is that anyone can change any content on the site at any time without even logging in. To accomplish that and not be overrun by vandalism and/or spam and/or self-serving users, anyone may act as a moderator to undo illicit changes.
Another democratically constructed gardening web site is http://myfolia.com The structure of the site is fixed, but the content is entirely member driven, and any user can change "general information" about a variety and specific information about their own varieties. The site has lots of volunteer moderators with permissions to change/delete most anything on the site.