This was suggested at the “Improvements to taxonomic curation on iNat” wiki topic.
We suggest a 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