This is maybe an alternative or addition to preventing name imports into locked taxa.
Right now, if someone wants to use a taxon name that iNat doesn’t have, they can choose to search external name providers. If it exists in an external name provider, they can have it imported even if iNat intentionally doesn’t use this name.
One way to prevent this import from happening is to register the alternate scientific name as one that is not currently accepted in iNat. For example, this taxon has quite a few names that are not currently accepted:
Anyone trying to use, for example, Mazama cita will be redirected to iNat’s M. nemorivaga and will not be allowed to import the name.
This list of unaccepted scientific names is stored separately from taxon framework relationships, but I think if we could link those together, it might be another way to prevent unwanted name imports.
For example, this TFR shows that P. albiventer is known to be included within P. petaurista in iNat’s taxonomy:
And yet, because P. albiventer wasn’t listed as an unaccepted scientific name for P. petaurista, someone was able to recently import it using the search external name providers tool (which created more curatorial work):
So I guess my discussion questions are:
- Is it technically feasible to link TFRs with unaccepted scientific names?
- Do we like both this idea and the one for locked taxa, or is one preferable to the other?
- Do other curators feel like the problem is even frequent enough to warrant trying to preempt it?