Yeah, I agree with Caleb on it making it harder on people really trying to ID things for the sake of good. Sometimes I will see a species listed repeatedly for an area it shouldn’t be at (example American and Fowler’s Toads in NC’s Coastal Plains) and the easiest way to fix it is search “North American Toads” in NC and just go through all of them. I typically will just ID all of them while I am at it, and I will now have to type out “Eastern American Toad” on every correct one in the right parts of NC, instead of just clicking “agree” and moving on to the next.
I do see the issue with people hitting “agree” to move up the leader boards, but I feel most of these are new iNatters that are playing around to learn how it works. I feel like it is more of a policy issue than a design issue, but I’ll be optimistic about the change and give it a chance.
My question is, I have my dashboard set up to show me when someone “Adds an ID” but not if someone agrees. I set it like this because I was getting 200-300 “whoever agrees with you”s a day. I like knowing when someone disagrees with me, because I could have overlooked something, or this could have taken the ID down from research grade and I need to tag some others to look at it as well. I have had it pop up several times that someone added the same ID as me, but it is only one or two a week so it is not too annoying. Does this mean I will start getting 200-300 “whoever added an ID”s even though they are just agreeing with me?
As far as the leader boards go, I like to use them as a tool to figure out which people I should ask about a species I am not familiar with. I do some other background research (i.e. read their profile and check their observations out) but I start with the leaderboards so I know who is typically IDing these species.