I assume a layout including the main iNat header isn’t feasible and/or desired since it muddles up 2 different accounts/search areas (iNat and Discourse) as well as presents continuity issues for those using iNat Network sites:
But maybe even simpler:
or the briefer “Back to [bird icon]” / Return to “bird icon”
After a bit of use it would also be cool if not only was there a prominent link back to iNat in the header, but links from forum profiles to iNat profiles. As I’m interacting with other members in this new way the discussions sometimes leave me feeling “this person seems pretty cool, I’d like to go see what they’ve observed.” So I absentmindedly click on their username and get their forum profile, which does not achieve that purpose. Then I realize my mistake and navigate to iNaturalist and then run a search on their username to find them on iNat. Would links from forum profiles to iNat profiles be possible? It just makes sense to me, as our activity on both sites is fundamentally linked.
theoretically, you could use a different account name in iNatForum than you do over at iNaturalist. i guess you could even claim a name on iNatForum that someone else uses at iNaturalist. probably no one would do that though, right?
I agree that this is a possibility. I’m new to iNat, but I am surprised that the forum is so separate a site from iNat proper. Of course this has much to do with the backbone being Discourse, but it’s a bummer that all the content here on the forum is so detached from our profiles on iNat.
…how else am I gonna show all my badges??