About the Feature Requests category - please read before posting!

Use this category to post new feature requests for iNaturalist, and to vote for existing feature requests.

Requests

To make a feature request, start a new topic with the request as the topic’s title. Please take a minute to search for existing requests before creating a new one. In order to eliminate duplicate requests and to not let in requests for features that have already been turned down in the past, new topics must be approved by a moderator or iNat staff member before they are made public.

  • The topic template that appears when you create a new request must be filled out or the request will not be approved.

  • Only one feature request is allowed per topic.

  • No more than one request per day and two or three requests per person per week, please.

  • Take some time to describe not only your request, but why you believe it will improve iNaturalist.

  • Cite specific locations or examples where the feature would apply. Screenshots are often helpful - see instructions at https://www.take-a-screenshot.org/

  • Please use an action verb in the topic title. So rather than just “Extraterrestrial Observations” you should write “Allow Extraterrestrial Observations on iNaturalist”.

  • We are not currently accepting new feature requests related to:

    • Notifications or homepage/dashboard/subscriptions - a revamp of these is in progress
    • Explore (observation search page) - add your thoughts here instead
    • Specific annotation additions or changes - add your thoughts here instead
    • Features that are in the Android app but missing from iOS - we’re already working on it
    • Gamification features for iNaturalist, such as achievements, badges, and the like. The Seek by iNaturalist app does include those things, but we don’t plan to implement them on iNaturalist.
    • Guides
    • Onboarding
    • ID weighting, e.g. based on expertise
    • Observation fields
    • Places pages (e.g. https://www.inaturalist.org/places/38691) - we will fix glaring bugs but won’t add features until/if the Places pages are revamped
    • Languages into which iNaturalist should be translated - please see our translation page
    • New apps that use iNat data, e.g. a quiz or ID training app
    • Other items on the iNaturalist team’s broad agenda from back in 2019

Votes

If you like a feature that is being requested, you can vote for it to show your endorsement. The vote button can be found at the top the topic’s page:

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Every user with a Trust Level of 1 or higher has 100 votes to use. You can only vote “for” a topic, there is no downvoting. Once an administrator has closed a topic for which you have voted, you will be able to use that vote for another topic. Topics will not be closed unless a) the request has been implemented as fully as it is going to be or b) staff have decided we will not be implementing that request.

You can manage your current votes via your profile page, or remove a vote from a topic by clicking on the “Voted” button at the top.

Votes are used to gauge community interest for feature requests. iNaturalist staff have the final say as to whether a feature will be implemented.

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