Text attached to an identification is not shown in an observation’s total number of comments. These “ID comments” do not appear on the Explore page, the “Edit observations” page, or when searching comments.
This is frustrating when trying to find a specific observation, like when a helpful identifier described how two similar species are different, but they attached the text to the ID instead of putting it in a separate comment.
It would be really helpful if ID comments were included in the total number of comments, comment search, and recent comment list. Other nice places for ID comments to be included would be in the observation filters (add a search for comments) and on /identifications (search for certain IDs based on having comments attached).
Previous related feature requests and discussions
- orig request to search comments, Ken-ichi’s obliging w/ “lame” version of search, which I think hasn’t been touched since then
- same issue as this post
- request to search comments (but ID comments are excluded)
- https://groups.google.com/d/msg/inaturalist/MQJF8pQX8xE/bdL9O436CAAJ what do observation number labels mean? (but ID comments are excluded in this number)
- https://groups.google.com/d/msg/inaturalist/lf_qFnTpncE/8pLtcKefBwAJ request to search where I was mentioned (mentions attached to IDs are excluded from the comment search)
- https://groups.google.com/d/msg/inaturalist/D-G3LyYyzt8/slbUfmeGAQAJ request to sort observations by comments
- https://groups.google.com/d/msg/inaturalist/JhctweV0sxc/L3llbS-gBAAJ request to search comments by taxon
- https://groups.google.com/d/msg/inaturalist/As6jrHkRILg/Y-hXx5KdCQAJ request to display # comments by a user on profile page (ID comments should be included in this #)
- https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/indicate-presence-of-comments-on-identify-page-thumbnails/1554/6 indicate presence of comments on /identify (ID comments should be included in this #)
- https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/add-comments-or-wiki-like-functionality-on-taxa-pages-to-discuss-identification-and-other-relevant-issues/91 add helpful comments to taxon pages (ID comments should be included in these)
- https://groups.google.com/d/msg/inaturalist/9XmO1Owai2g/2jOTTkmyAAAJ my version of this feature request on the Google Group