[I’m not sure if this is a bug or a new feature]
I’m using iNat in my desktop web browser. Earlier, the IDs for new uploads would pop up as suggestions when I clicked on the ID box and waited. For the past few weeks, the box is getting auto-filled for some or all observations. It’s not stopping at suggestions, and is not asking me before entering the IDs.
I personally do not use auto-ID at all, so I overwrite the IDs manually anyway. But for new users, or users who aren’t inclined/accustomed to identifying their own observations, I see this as quite a problem. Sometimes the auto-ID is way off (which is fine - my point is just that it shouldn’t be thrust upon an upload). The positive flip side, I guess, is that nothing will go up as blank. In the worst case, it’ll be way off and the respective taxon subscribers/curators will catch it.
However, I still see this as something that will hamper a newcomer’s usage of iNat, and discourage them from checking out the suggested IDs by just filling it in for them without any notification. I don’t see why it shouldn’t be left as a suggestion rather than an auto-fill.