At the moment, the Identify tool summons only observations with a consensus ID at or below the specified taxon. This frequently creates a frustrating situation for me, and I’d assume, many other identifiers.
Eg, if a user guesses a gall was caused by mites, when I know it was caused by wasps, my ID sends that observation all the way up to “Arthropods.” If the user withdraws their original ID, the problem is resolved, but many never bother. Now, the next expert to work through either gall mites or wasps will never see that observation unless they’re going through all the arthropod observations. I very much appreciate the work that users like @lotteryd and @paloma do in sorting through State of Matter Life, but they can’t keep up, and it seems like a lot of that work could be easily avoided.
We already have a tool that fixes this problem: changing the search url from taxon_id to ident_taxon_id. But new users aren’t made aware of this option–I only learned about it by searching the forum, I had to go back to the search URL wiki post to get the precise wording until I memorized it, and I still forget to use it sometimes. It’s frustrating to go to a taxon page and see I have twice as many ID credits than there are observations for the species, and know that unless another users know this trick, there’s essentially no way for them to find those observations, even though the site knows exactly where they are.
Maybe there’s a good reason to keep the default the way it is now, but it seems like we could at least find a way to make the option to access these “lost” observations more apparent to new users? Thoughts?