Issue: Making most* obs. with unrefined genus, subgenus, tribe, subfamily, or family community IDs become RG after 1-2 years would do much to help review/organize the increasing number of iNat obs. The obs. example shown is from 2015 and has 7 genus IDs. Making obs. like it RG would indicate to others that they’ve (most likely) received the most specific IDs possible, which could save review time for others. This feature would affect obs. by adding 1 DQA-“taxon cannot be refined” vote to each, whether or not they had DQA votes prior (which could potentially cancel each other out). As this would take effect using that same DQA vote system (except in an automatic way), obs. IDs are still free to add, delete, or revise later, which can also potentially change RG status. In suggesting this, I also assume the current DQA option has a useful function in helping to organize/process obs.
How it would work: Most* obs. which remain non-RG (Needs ID) after the time period would get one DQA “taxon cannot be refined” vote added to them, which would have the same effect as an ordinary DQA vote. Eligibility requirements for obs. to be affected would be to have at least 1 ID not from the observer, or at least 3 or 4 total (although that number is open to discussion). Also, there’s a question of whether non-RG obs. with species community IDs should be excluded. I think the core of this request would be fine regardless of how people decide some of the fine details.
If implemented, it will still be possible to add or revise IDs to obs., so RG status can change as usual. Many identifiers also already ID both non-RG and RG obs.
This doesn’t replace DQA. It’s different since it would affect most* all obs. after a time limit (including obs. where the potential for ID refinement remains uncertain, which don’t ordinarily get manual DQA votes).
When does the clock start? Probably when the obs. (and/or IDs) are first submitted, but this could be discussed.
Could this also or partly be based on number of reviews per obs.? Maybe, it can be discussed.