Ideas for a revamped Explore/Observations Search Page

Got it.
For some reason I thought you wanted to click a “me” button after sending people to a search link (like your link minus the user_id= part, and then clicking on a me filter).

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The ability to (easily and intuitively) be able to get from one page of the list of observations to another. Personally, I like having the ability to not only scroll through pages in the list, but also type in a page number. I made this little screenshot from a different website, but this is what I’m talking about. Put it at the top and bottom of the list. :)


To do that, I just edit the URL directly. So if I’m on page 10:
I just go up to the URL box and change the “10” to “50” if I want to jump to page 50.


Certainly that’s not a good solution for an interface design, though. I’m placing this idea for a revamped Explore/Observations Search Page here, not looking for a workaround. Thank you, though.

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1) Once a well defined taxon has been selected in a “taxon box”, display upper taxomic ranks after another clic is done in the box.

For instance:

In the example above, I am searching for a species that could match an observation, after the AI failed to help me. If I don’t find a species that matches in the Tribe, I want to search for it in the Subfamily, and then in the Family.

This feature would spare my time (and likely server resources as well, because it would avoid useless intermediary requests).

2) Clicking on an upper rank taxon would update the page according to the new taxon selected.

3) This feature is to be transposed in different contexts, in different pages, wherever a quick access to upper taxonomic ranks makes sence.

This feature request may be considered also as a superset of this other one:

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Another alternative: could the footer be an accordion, collapsed by default, or collapsed after a few seconds?

When searching for an ID for this observation:

The display of possible candidates like this does not help:


  • Explore page: for flowering plants (Angiospermae) add radio buttons to display “First” or “Flower” or “Fruit” or “Leaf” or “Overview” photos for the species in the results.
  • “First” is the default selection and corresponds to the current behavior: display the 1st photo in the Taxon page (“Curation” / “Edit photos”).
  • API: add support for the same options, when requesting for species photos.
  • Taxon page (“Curation” / “Edit photos”): add radio buttons “None” or “Flower” or “Fruit” or “Leaf” or “Overview” so that photos can be flagged accordingly.
  • “None” is the default selection and means that the photo is not flagged as containing any particular content.
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This one’s a request for maps throughout iNat, but thought I’d plop it here too:

[Note: Cassi suggested I repost this request here.]
When I view a set of my Observations in Map view, particularly when the set is spread out widely east-west, the side window showing the list/thumbnails of observations blocks a significant portion of the eastern part of the map. See, for instance,
and the attached screen capture.
To see the full breadth of observations, I have to either manually move the map or change the enlargement to bring those observations hidden under that side window into view.
Please consider resizing the frames of these two elements so that they are non-overlapping, e.g. with the map taking up perhaps 3/4 of the left part of the frame and the observation list contiguous to the right.
Thanks for considering this.


Totally agree. When I want to get to the bottom of a page, I want to get there in one mouse or scroll-bar motion. IMHO, infinite scrolling ought to be banned from the internet! Not that I have a strong opinion on this…


Actually, that’s one of the good things that should not be thrown away. There are certain users who tend to post good observations, and others who tend to post observations I would as soon give a miss unless I have lots of extra time. Avatars help me to know who’s who.


The avatar is a courtesy to the rest of us, a visual reminder of who you are.


iNaturalist is self described as a social network. I don’t think displaying an avatar is childish or unprofessional in the least.

In grid view the small avatar takes up far less space than a username in text would (although at the loss of some visual information).

And it’s the observation photos and multiple lines of text that currently take up most of the space in list view.


I hope I’m not asking a repeat question, but I would like to under Explore, be able to click species, and have all the species sorted alphabetically, or better yet, be able to sort by Genus. Currently, the results are by the most observations first.

Let me give an example, I’m working on a verification of a list of species, so the search criteria was: taxon - Asteraceae, place - California, USA. The results appear, and I then click the header at the top named species. Now a nice list of all the species observed in California appears, but I would love to sort the over 1200 species names into something better, like alphabetically.


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I don’t remember if it was brought up here, definitely the need was discussed somewhere, but it would be cool to be able to have an ability turn on a display of a second in a row species photo as a small icon within big one (or the species would take 2 spots of the row instead of one), so when you’d be looking in explore at species list for e.g. moths you’d see pictures of their caterpillars (should be added as 2nd pic) in that icon.

It used to be able to be done with the checklists, but my understanding is they are buggy and no longer supported. You could try it and see if it is an accurate representation for a smallish area, before using it on a larger one.

  1. identify the place you want to do this for (eg for this example, Gisborne, New Zealand)

notice the url showing that we are looking at “places”, I used the top left search to find Gisborne. Also that it lists taxa seen there in frequency order, same as for the species tab on the explore page.

  1. select the “View Check List Page >>” option at the bottom of the taxa selector at left

This could potentially show taxa that were manually added to the list but not seen, so if desired just check the “observed” option at right, and choose the taxonomic view instead of the photo view

  1. click “observed = yes” and taxonomic view:

A simpler view, one that doesn’t show every taxon level but still sorts by them, is the plain view. Have a play and see if it works for you.

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