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Description of need:
It is difficult to obtain input from the community regarding drafted taxon changes, especially if people do not respond to mentions and if experts are not very active on the site. People often do not know about taxon changes until after they occur, when a dashboard notification is sent. People do not usually see this “heads up” on a taxon page that is an input for a taxon change draft:
But they do get this notification on their dashboard after the fact:
Feature request details:
When a taxon change is drafted, send a notification to all users who would receive a notification if the change was committed. It could look like something like this:
Maybe the icon could be different so it doesn’t look as similar to the current notifications. Alternatively, the notification could look more like the above “heads up” banner.
Other possibilities to make this request more complicated:
- Only the top IDers and/or observers (3, 5, 10) could be notified. I think at least IDers should be notified.
- Curators could be given the option to send a notification on the draft.
- Curators could choose who to send the notification to (top IDers, top observers, etc.).
- Notify users associated with output taxa as well (i.e. people associated with split outputs but not inputs that wouldn’t get the notification otherwise).
I personally don’t love any of these additions, but I could see them being helpful in some situations.
I know there is a supposed notifications revamp in the works, so I’m not sure how pertinent this request is, but I haven’t heard about any updates about that for several years.