This was suggested at the “Improvements to taxonomic curation on iNat” wiki topic.
We suggest some sort of validation process for taxon change commit attempts that may result in disruptive changes that are likely to require reversal. Whether it’s a simple "are you sure you wanna do that? because
reason...", or preventing a commit completely if it disagrees with the existing Taxon Framework Relationship (TFR).
Cases prompting such a validation process might include:
- disagreement with existing Taxon Framework Relationship. For changes that would inactivate taxa with “match” TFRs (taxon framework relationships), modify a “deviation” TFR, or activate a missing TFR, at least pop up a caution/confirmation message, and/or consider requiring “senior curator” approval to complete the commit.
- open flag on the taxon or its parent?
- high numbers of existing IDs (multi thousands?)
- commit attempt by someone other than the taxon change author