My previous suggestion I posted about on the Google Group was to just save those locations (which we do have now, and it’s great!), and have all observations you make from that saved location all obscure to the exact same spot. That spot should be within an area that would allow it to still be visible on the proper local checklists, yet still retain privacy. If the user can pick the obscured spot or at least the encompassing places for the spot then they can ensure that. The current obscuring pushes half of my home observations outside of my county so that they don’t show up in searches or lists for it anyways. Let the user also set the publicly visible label for the saved place to something they are comfortable with, but that is still descriptive like “Username’s Home, Town, State, Country”.
That would do away with the giant rectangle of hundreds of obscured observation markings blocking out large areas of the map over active users’ homes like mine and many other users I’ve seen. I don’t really see the point of that, unless it is to just indicate lots of observations in the area. The markers let you know that they aren’t actual locations anyways, so what is the purpose of having it look like buckshot on the map.
This could work well with the automatic geofencing privacy as well. Set-up a home area boundary and give it a private and public label. You can either let the gps put observations in that place or select it manually. Any observations you submit for that place are visible to you with the actual location and your custom private label like it works now. Other people would see all those observations as someplace nearby all at one point where they can be included in the correct public lists, and not obscure the map for other purposes. There could even be a different icon for displaying many aggregated observations for these places in searches or species page maps and such. It could have an icon flyout for it that just says something like “User’s obscured spot with 85 monarch butterfly observations”.