One feature I really like on inaturalist is the ability to list organisms I haven’t seen in a give region. It’s done simply by doing explore for a taxon for a certain region and then editing the URL adding the option “unobserved_by_user_id=” with my user ID. There are however things I consider bugs or issues:
- The list excludes species I have seen outside the selected region. For example, I haven’t seen an american wigeon in the greater Houston area, but have seen it in Idaho, so it won’t show up in my haven’t seen in greater Houston area list. I don’t know why anyone would want it to work like this, but if there is a reason, there should be another option that prevents this exclusion.
- The list shows lots of genera that I have seen, but that other users have seen but could only ID to genus. For example if I’ve seen Lampropeltis alterna and L. getula and someone else saw a Lampropeltis only identified to genus level, Lampropeltis shows up in my haven’t seen list.
- This feature should be very popular. I think it should be built into the user interface, not buried in a difficult to use URL option that has to be typed.