Description of need:
This feature would allow users to see how many observations by proxy they have added to iNaturalist by introducing other people to the platform.
Feature request details:
iNaturalist is a platform that grows more and more each day via word of mouth. Many of us love iNaturalist, and if you’re anything like me you’ll tell anyone who will listen about the platform in case they may find it adds value to their lives. Have you ever wondered what happened to those people you told about iNaturalist? Maybe they only posted one observation, but someone else they told posted 10,000! In brief, have you ever pondered your total influence on iNaturalist? Specifically, this is how many observations you are indirectly responsible for being posted on the platform.
This feature would track the observations (and/or identifications) made by the users whom you have introduced to iNaturalist, plus the people they have introduced to the platform, and so forth. Essentially, it tracks your ‘family tree’ or ‘sphere of influence’ on the platform. To state who introduced you to the platform, a box could be added under “Account Settings” like the image shown below.
Then, much like the Monthly Supporter feature, there could be an option to display the number of observations you are indirectly responsible for on your profile page:
I do not know how useful it would be to go into more details than this for the feature (I think it would be cool, but maybe not a good use of the developers’ time), but I do have a couple ideas I want to share. The first would be when you click on the “Observations by Proxy” link on your profile, you are redirected to see all of these observations. The second would be to visualize your ‘family tree’. Hovering over the user’s pictures would show how many observations they have contributed. Maybe the user’s pictures could even be scaled to size:
Anyways, thank you for taking the time to read my post. I have always thought it would be interesting to see this sort of data, but I understand it may not be practical to implement. Also, if anyone has any better name suggestions than “Observations by Proxy” or “Family Tree” I would appreciate some input, I wasn’t too sure of the best way to describe this.