Super appreciate the willingness of staff to hear users’ concerns on this.
While I’m one of those that feel removing the agree button was a negative change, I also definitely respect users who feel that there are problems with gamification, and RG observations with incorrect ID’s supported by a bunch of incorrect agrees are also an obvious problem. There’s obviously community support for addressing this, and, based on all the comments and forum activity, many people have been thinking a LOT about this over the weekend. I am wondering what the best way is to take all of the ideas and thoughts and maybe coalesce them around some changes supported by the community that could address these issues? To sound hippyish (in a good way), is there a way to take all this energy (some negative), and spin it into positive engagement?
As an example, I was wondering if it might be appropriate to make a wiki post of potential changes that could address some of these issues, like a community brainstorm sesh? I have seen so many ideas floated in comments that I can’t keep track, and a bunch of feature requests seems like it would be confusing. Maybe a post like that could be seen by staff who have a much better idea of how feasible/implementable changes might be. Are there any low-hanging fruit we are missing?
A few examples rattling around in my brain:
I’ve heard folks complain about getting too many agreeing notifications (I confess I don’t understand why turning these off which is already possible isn’t a good solution, but…).
Potential solution: Offering more fine-grained control over notifications (like a setting that says, only notify me of identifications that change an observation’s RG status in either direction).
@bouteloua also mentioned that new users sometimes feel overwhelmed with agree notifications (and unlike “power-users” may not know where to find notification controls).
Potential solution: Change the account defaults so users don’t get agree notifications (or combine with defaulting to the option above, so they only get notified on agrees that affect their observations’ statuses).
Or to address one of the biggest agree problems (the reflexive Agree of the original observer to another user’s ID suggestion): remove the Agree button for the original observer only! (not sure how much god-like power staff has over the Agree button).
Maybe some or all of these have already been put forward, considered, and/or rejected, but I’m sure other users have lots of creative, targeted ideas on this topic that might be useful to have “out there”.
Anyways, thanks again for listening!