As an example of how it is a problem, when a user uploads an observation with multiple photos, all of different species, the first to identify will often give the first photo species as the ID and leave a comment that the observer should split the observation into multiple observations. A second identifier that views the Identify thumbnails page sees the first photo and chooses the “agree” button, making the observation Research Grade.
Another example is where a duplicate observation is uploaded: first identifier comments that it is a duplicate of the other observation, even going to the effort of copy and pasting of the url and saying “keep this one” and “delete this one”, adds an ID to the “keeper”, and then other well meaning identifiers working off the thumbnails Identify page add IDs to the “delete-worthy” observation and/or choose Agree, making the Research Grade. It often ends up confusing the new members greatly!
Even if there was an icon showing that there are comments on the observation, and if it was right by the Agree button, then it might prompt identifiers to investigate!
I think it would be good if the Agree button on the thumbnails didn’t appear if there were comments… so that Agreeing could only happen on the identify panel or through the observation view directly, which would mean they can’t Agree without seeing the current comments…