- Recruit more active curators (see backlog of taxon flags)
- Improve the Curator Guide by making it more user-friendly. Separate “policies” from “how-tos”?
- Develop a better location to discuss taxonomy than iNaturalist Working Group collection projects (see discussion)
- Search for inactive taxa in main search (see feature request)
- Mark a higher taxon as “complete”, e.g. for large plant genera and plant families
- Indicate which date a clade was considered “complete”
- Fix broken formatting for hybrids
- Fix/Standardize incorrect formatting for subgenera, sections, and subsections
- Prevent addition of improperly formatted names from external sources (see bug report)
- Allow more users to edit taxa at rank=order and above to help clean up backlog of stranded / duplicate taxa
- Allow more users to edit taxon names to reduce “pointless” taxon changes for things like typing/spelling mistakes, e.g. epithet ending in “-a” vs. “-us” or hybrid symbol “x” -> “×” (see discussion)
- Fix whatever is broken in the CoL/EoL external lookup tool which all users can use for species creation that is causing so many ungrafted taxa to be created
- Add a lookup when using the CoL/EoL import tool to see if the name is in the database as a synonym, and if so prompt the user to this effect and ask them if they wish to continue or simply implement the synonym status.
- Identify and lock homonym genera, e.g. so that fish species don’t get automatically grafted to fungi genera
- Link to edit a taxon included on the taxonomy tree on the Taxonomy tab (see feature request)
- Clearly visually indicate type of taxon framework relationship, e.g. a color for match vs. deviation vs. unknown and type: alternate position, many-to-one, etc. (see feature request)
[+]to view descendants rather than have to click through
- Automatically incorporate links to external sites like POWO or Reptile Database via Wikidata, like the taxonbar on Wikipedia pages
- Indicate if a genus with a family parent was placed automatically without its placement confirmed by a curator or was confirmed by a curator. (Intent: to show curators a distinction between a genus known to be unplaced to subfamily, tribe, or subtribe (no curation action needed) or if the genus was just automatically grafted there (a curator action is still needed to move it to one of those ranks or confirm it should remain unplaced to such ranks). Do the same with species with a genus parent when subgenera are in the genus.
- Require a source and/or reason for each taxon change (see feature request)
- Rename “taxon swap” to something more explanatory, i.e. to indicate that it’s a 1:1 name transfer
- More obvious visual cue that a taxon is flagged on the taxon change draft / final page
- Generate and commit automatic species and infra-specific taxon swaps when a genus is demoted to a subgenus, a subgenus is promoted to a genus, or a subgenus is moved from one genus to another – and the binomials of the species have to change. Automatically create new taxa for the new binomials and trinomials with the capability to manually edit them if needed (e.g., change the gender suffix).
- Validate commit attempts against Taxon Framework Relationships. For changes that would inactivate taxa with “match” TFRs, modify a “deviation” TFR, or activate a missing TFR, at least pop up a caution/confirmation message, and consider requiring “senior curator” approval to complete the commit.
- Consider similar validation for high numbers of existing IDs, and commit attempt by someone other than taxon change author.
Taxon Framework Relationships
- When new taxa are added, automatically create taxon framework relationship for matches
- Allow curators to run job to sync from external authorities to create taxon framework relationships rather than require them to be created one by one manually
- Create personal landing page that lists all flags relevant to the taxa you are curating
- Add notification for new flags on taxa you are curating (?)
- Make process to become a taxon curator more transparent
- Recruit more active taxon curators
- Clean up duplicate sources / make taxonomic authorities easier to select
- Require a source when adding a new taxon
- What to do for dang Lepidoptera epithets supposedly “in apposition”?
- What to do with undescribed species, esp. those that are included in the external authorities? (see discussion)
- General guidelines regarding when to make changes to align with authority and when to first initiate a discussion to consider community buy-in or potential deviation
This list of ideas is intended to *exclude* things like default photos, conservation statuses, geoprivacy, ranges, checklists, and atlases and just focus on the names / taxonomy.
It’s a wiki, so please edit this post directly.