Request title pretty much sums it up, when entering a Taxa change, a source should be mandatory, not optional to document where the change information has come from.
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Definitely agree with this request! There should always be a cite-able basis for a taxon change.
Ideal but tough to implement in some cases, like fixing a typos and other housecleaning changes.
Using plant examples familiar to me, one should at least be able to cite POWO or IPNI or something to back up a spelling correction. Otherwise, how is one certain that a spelling is wrong?
Some housecleaning examples where a source isn’t really citable:
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxon_changes/32387 (merging duplicates)
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxon_changes/30102 (swapping duplicates)
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxon_changes/23462 (changes that have more to do with curatorial jurisprudence than an external authoritative opinion; in this case, what “internodes” we should support)
Thanks, those are helpful cases. So could it be as simple as having a mandatory “Reason for Change” next to the Source box, with 2 options: Duplicate, Other.
Then if Other is selected, either a Source, or an entry in the Description box, must be added before the change would save?
I totally agree with this
Having a mandatory reason for change, if not a specific source for the housecleaning type situations, sounds like a good idea to me.