Over 18000 iNat places have no ancestry, and another 5000+ have only continent level ancestry. While ancestry isn’t crucial most of the time, it can be helpful in a number of ways, e.g. for network node users (see here and here), and for disambiguating places with similar names.
I would like to request:
- Automatic ancestry assignment for existing places.
- Automatic parent suggestion during new place creation (user can optionally change it).
With all places assigned an ancestry and a better way to view child places, I think it may be easier for people to check whether a place already exists before creating a duplicate.