Notifications on iNaturalist - Please Share Your Ideas!

You can find this on your dashboard under Subscriptions and then Observations

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I agree. I would also like to see complete comments (whether attached to an ID or not) included right in the notifications page, so that there is no need to open the observation to see them unless more context is desired.

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And for those of us who choose not to get notifications of confirming IDs, I would like my ID displayed on the notifications page as well, so that I don’t have to open the observation for no reason. As here:

I received the notification despite it being in complete agreement with my own identification, but I had to open it to make sure I hadn’t made a mistake. If my ID had been included on the notifications page I wouldn’t have had to open it.

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Hey folks, just an update: now that things have finally calmed down after CNC and the “spring bump”, we’ve started to turn our attention to the notifications revamp. Because this will be a reworking of a major part of iNaturalist, it will take quite some time so please be patient, and thank you for all of your feedback!

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Thank you for letting us know.

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The above referred to comments, but I want to add that this would make it easier on people who opt-out of confirming IDs, but still get non-disagreeing identifications below the level of their ID, by helping them evaluate whether they want to open the observation to view it. (An example would be a plant that I am comfortable identifying only to genus level, but others ID to species and/or subspecies.) Having one’s own ID on the notification itself would streamline the process of going through notifications by making it unnecessary to go in and out of the observations themselves to make sure there’s no real disagreement.

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This has probably been discussed somewhere and I just can’t find it in a search. (Feel free to point me to previous discussions.)

So many people write informative journal posts that I would like to follow them, but I don’t care to see their every observation on my update feed. Is there a way, or future plans, to follow just journal posts?

Thanks,
Kimberlie

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hiya, just a heads up that I moved your feature request to this topic about notification/dashboard improvements

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I agree with this. It would be nice if we could refine what we follow in other ways too–such as following a person’s observations in a particular taxa and/or geographical area, instead of all of them.

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I’m not sure if this has been mentioned, and am uninclined to read the entire thread to confirm, but it would be nice to subscribe for notifications on a taxa, but only for flags placed on them.

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Don’t know if this correct place for this. Dashboard. I’ve read there’s a concise dashboard or used to be one. Is there? Where is it? Would like a dashboard that duplicated notifications as they are nice and concise, but you don’t get all of them when you open it up again.

I don’t need 6 notifications that this is a Mediterranean red bug. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9291258 One or two should suffice.

See also the somewhat related Create a way to unfollow one’s own observations, though I’d still like to get notifications comments/faves/etc on this one.

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Yes, I’d also like to be able to “subscribe” to atlases to get notifications for out of range observations.

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I completely forgot that you get dashboard notifications if you have given an ID for a taxon that’s the input for a taxon swap because I rarely use the dashboard. Can we get that type of notification in the same place we get the others?

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I had requested controlling notifications by taxa up above, but only in the context of identification-related notifications. I think you’re the first to mention customization for flags at all, though, so I’m glad you brought that up.

Two minor annoyances with the current system which I hope will be fixed:

If someone leaves a comment with my name in it, I currently get two notifications, one for the comment and one for my name. This case should probably be combined into one notification.

If I get a notification about a comment, and leave a comment in response, the notification jumps to the top of my list. I guess it’s using the time of the most recent comment on the observation instead of the time of the comment which triggered the notification. A new notification could be created for each new comment except mine, but I think I’d prefer just a single notification which uses the time of the most recent comment I didn’t make.

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this would be especially useful for Gerald – “160 new comments on your observation”

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I don’t think I need notifications for flags that I have resolved, but maybe others find them useful?

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