Moderator Notes are now live

It’s taken a while (my fault, I apologize) but we just added a moderator notes functionality for curators as part of a new Moderation History page. Any curator, site admin, or iNaturalist staff member can access this page by going to a user’s profile, clicking on the Admin Tools menu and selecting Moderation History. No one but staff members can access their own Moderation History page.

Here’s what that page looks like for a test account:

Any flags on the user’s content, any moderator actions taken (which right now is just comment hiding) and any moderation notes about the user are shown on this page. There are filters at the top if needed.

Curators, site admins, and site staff can now add a “moderator note”. Moderator notes are short notes describing any sort of action taken that’s not obvious in flags or other actions (eg messages to the user), responses by the user, or evidence-based concerns (such as whether the account might be a sockpuppet). You can see two examples for a common situation above.

I really want to emphasize that moderator notes should not be used to opine about a user - they exist so other moderators can see which actions have been already been taken. Discussion should happen on flags or, if privacy is a concern, via an email to

Hopefully this will help keep curators on the same page (so to speak).


Hi @tiwane looks like an interesting feature and a good improvement on how moderation can be handled.

However I’m not sure on how to find the “Admin Tools menu” when on a users profile. I was checking out the “inatstafftestaccount”

this is what I see.


It works for me. Does this work for you with other users?


I may have spoken too soon about site admin access, I’m sorry. We’ll take a look.


I can’t view my own Moderation History (not that I’m expecting I have any), is that on purpose or is it something I should make a bug report/feature request about?

Edit: On second thought, it’s probably best without this feature.

Right - not a bug, but intentional:

Yep, I just now realized it literally says that on the Moderation History page…

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If you tag another curator in the moderation notes of a user, will they get a notification? I’d test this but I don’t want to do it without someone’s consent.

You can try it out with the test account zeet:

I would, but zeet isn’t a curator, so it wouldn’t do anything anyway…

* feel free to @ me on your test at zeet’s moderation history (I already @ed you so presumably it doesn’t do anything)

Oh, I see what you were suggesting. It doesn’t work–should I make a feature request/bug report?

I don’t think it’s meant to be a place to have a back and forth conversation, so I don’t think @ mentions are super important there. (Tony will see all these replies and they’re in the middle of modifying notifications, so I’m sure they’ll think about it.)


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