How to use the Soils of Canada Forum
Welcome to the Soils of Canada Forum!
This space is intended for sharing ideas about soil classification in Canada and for discussing ways to improve the Canadian System of Soil Classification. This forum will provide a way for soil scientists to collaborate on issues of importance to practicing pedologists from every sector of the field (private, government, academia, etc) and from every region of Canada.
So, how do you get started?
1. Register as a user. Your registration will need to be approved in order for us to keep these forums clean, but we will do our best to ensure minimal delays in approval. PLEASE select a user name that allows your colleagues (including the Administrator) to identify you without too much difficulty.
NOTE: The self-registration has been disabled due to high levels of spam. As of Feb. 1, 2012, if you want to be added as a user, contact the Administrator (Angela Bedard-Haughn) by email.
2. If you are interested in a particular topic, and you do not see a forum on the boards that reflects your interest, suggest the topic to the Administrator by clicking on "The team" under the list of current Forums. Then click on "pm" next to the administrator name "soilsofcana". This will allow you to send a message to the administrator about the forum you want to set up. Please include a brief paragraph about what the forum will cover (key topics, issues, etc.) This paragraph will be included as an announcement at the top of your new forum.
One KEY POINT: If you suggest a new forum, you must also identify a moderator for that forum (either yourself or a colleague who is also a forum user).
3. Once the forum is approved and a moderator is in place, all day-to-day functions of that forum will be overseen by the moderator (keeping the discussion civil and on track, starting new topics, etc).
For now, we will start with this basic level of organization. If you are a moderator and find that your group needs further organization, please contact the soilsofcana administrator about setting up user groups.
As we have discussed at recent meetings of the Canadian Society of Soil Science, if you ultimately wish to make changes to the Canadian System of Soil Classification, they need to be thoroughly debated by soil scientists across Canada. Please use this forum as the venue for that debate and discussion and share the news of this forum with your soils colleagues.