All of them: Firefox, Chrome, Edge, etc… (It’s not a problem with the browser; it’s the HTML that iNaturalist is serving.)
See explanation below.
The iNaturalist website is designed to display different local names to accord with regional variations:
I have my language and place preferences set for Canada. (i.e. “Prioritize common names used in this place”)
For the most part this works, however I noticed that although all of the places where the local name are displayed within a page will match, the
<title> element, and thus browser tabs, or bookmarked observations, often contain the wrong name for my locality. This issue can be observed on *.ca and *.org when I am logged (with preference set to “Canada”) in and only on the *.ca domain when logged out.
I have an observation that I added recently, for Xestia c-nigrum:
On these I see two names:
- Lesser Black-letter Dart (the name show on iNaturalist.ca)
- Setaceous Hebrew Character (that appears to be the global or US name for the moth)
When I am logged in, both the *.ca and the *.org sites show the same pattern. The observation page’s
<title> gives the following:
<title>Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum) from Kamloops, BC, Canada on May 27, 2021 at 12:30 AM by Jeffrey Murphy. Seen at night outside; attracted to the light. · iNaturalist.ca </title>
Further down in the HTML file, there is the data for the other name displayed, as shown at the top of the page and in the screenshot:
<span title="Lesser Black-letter Dart (Xestia c-nigrum)" class="SplitTaxon taxon species Insecta has-com-name parens"> <a class="comname display-name " href="/taxa/203342" target="_self"> Lesser Black-letter Dart </a> <a class="sciname species secondary-name" href="/taxa/203342" target="_self"> Xestia c-nigrum </a> </span>
The same problem also occurs with observations of Clintonia uniflora:
<title> element from that page:
<title>Bride's Bonnet (Clintonia uniflora) from Pinecone Burke, Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on May 15, 2021 at 12:46 PM by John D Reynolds. Burke Mountain Regional Park, BC, Canada · iNaturalist </title>
Elsewhere the name remains correct:
<span title="Queen's Cup (Clintonia uniflora)" class="SplitTaxon taxon species Plantae has-com-name parens"><a class="comname display-name " href="/taxa/76401" target="_self">Queen's Cup</a> <a class="sciname species secondary-name" href="/taxa/76401" target="_self">Clintonia uniflora</a></span>
The issue appears to affect the
<title> elements on all observation pages, however it does not affect taxon pages, e.g. Lesser Black-letter Dart (Xestia c-nigrum) has the following:
<title>Lesser Black-letter Dart (Xestia c-nigrum) · iNaturalist </title>, both on the *.ca and *.org when I am logged (as expected) in and only on the *.ca domain when logged out (as expected).
That moth observation just reminded me to finally write up a description of the issue, however it’s an issue that has been around for several months at least and probably longer. I first noticed it last fall, after updating the name of Clintonia uniflora.