I won’t go back into my old rant about this, but i wanted to throw out some issues I’ve seen with the auto sync defaulting ‘on’ with the iphone app, to see if others have noticed these.
-When i am training people, those who have tried the app think cell service is necessary to use the app, or else think the auto sync can’t be turned off. Many choose not to use the app because of this.
-For anyone other than the most casual user, it eats up tons of phone data.
-It doesn’t work well. If you make two observations too fast it freezes or errors. If phone reception is intermittent it does the same.
-It’s a potential security risk that new users might not understand, broadcasting your location publicly in real time.
For those reasons and others, i think it would be better if it defaults to off (and just notifies new users if they forget to upload) or else there is a popup when first using the app that asks if you want auto upload but notes that it broadcasts your location publicly and may use high amounts of phone data.
I guess the upside of it is a lot of new users wouldn’t remember or understand how to upload observations? But imho i think there are better solutions to it than how it works now. And maybe this is too cynical but i feel that a user who can’t even bother to learn how to upload an observation, wasn’t going to stick around or add value to the site anyway. Or in the least, if you also include people who don’t use the app because of the auto upload problems, it may be a wash anyway.
So i guess my question here is, is this just my weird issue and no one else cares about this? Or have others noticed or worried about these issues?