One thing that attracted us to Discourse was the ability for users to vote on a topic, meaning they could endorse to a feature request without having to
Engage in a discussion (which some people might not want to do but still want their voice heard).
It would allow iNat devs to easily see what has captured the most endorsements by the community.
It would make iNat team to be more responsive tofeature requests (eg “won’t happen,” “working on it,” “planned for x date” etc) and close them so that votes can be returned to users and they can vote on other topics.
However, as @kueda pointed out, it’s likely that the team cannot create new features at the rate at which users request them (sorry!) so perhaps it would be better to not close feature requests unless they’re either completely implemented (eg https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/add-forum-to-the-community-dropdown-in-the-inat-website-header/1403) or simply won’t happen (eg https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/standalone-uploader/1742).
Then users can move their votes between open topics and we can keep more complex, long-term requests (eg https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/remove-all-curators-and-start-from-scratch/140/27) open longer.