Thanks everyone for the comments on this suggestion. Sounds like it’s far from a winning suggestion at this point, but perhaps with some refinement, we can get some agreement on some sort of functionality in this direction. Just as a background, the idea for this request was motivated by doing some 8000 or so cicada IDs over the past three weeks or so. I saw huge numbers of really bad IDs, such as “Genus Cicada,” a non-American genus applied to American species. Many of these IDs were made by people who continue to visit iNaturalist at least occasionally. Many of them I assume were probably unaware that they had outstanding mavericks out there that they would be happy to correct if they were aware of them.
Concerning the various comments asserting that if an ID achieves “maverick” status, it’s no longer a problem, because the community ID overrides it: It actually is still a big problem for advanced identifier, because an extremely useful tool is the ident_taxon_id command line option. This option allows listing all observations identified as a taxon. This allows finding for example an observation that was identified as a species by an expert in disagreement with another identification and thus the community ID is not what the expert IDed it as. When used, it will list everything having one of those IDs, including all the incorrect mavericks. If those mavericks were cleaned out, it would reduce the number of observations the identifier has to weed through.
Great point about mavericks being sometimes correct mavericks. I think some sort of notification system for both the good and bad would be useful. For the bad one’s, it would be obviously useful for those that made them to consider withdrawing them. For the good, it might be handy to have some sort of reminder to help motivate the identifier to round up help and perhaps contact the conflicting IDers to help get the maverick established as the correct ID.
Rather that a “Glaring colored bannered,” how about a more gentle, more subtle little circle on the banner which when hovered over has the message “you have observations with potential issues” (or something like that). When clicked on, it could provide them with a listing of observations to look at, perhaps in Identify.
I also imagine that included in a list of IDs to be addressed would be those that that have two conflicting IDs (or maybe even one), especially if the user has never checked that observation after those other IDs were made.
Perhaps there would also need to a button were the user can acknowledge seeing the items but chooses to do nothing for whatever reason. So next time they go to their “issues” list, they wouldn’t see them again.
As for flags, I would expect this would be restricted to glaring errors, such as geographically not occurring anywhere near the observation.
I may revise the writing of my initial suggestion following comments.