Trying to be a good community member by doing identifications isn’t always easy when working over a slow connection. When I’m doing so, one of the things I always notice is how much each observation page or Identify page seems to hang up on loading the Map.
Oftentimes the text info regarding location is more than sufficient to use along with the photos to guide ID. It seems to me that the map widgets that are included in almost every page of content are an area in which bandwidth/processing load for users with suboptimal connections or hardware could be reduced.
I’m reminded of the account setting on facebook where you can check or un-check “autoplay videos.” By default, if you’re scrolling down and a video enters your screen view, it begins playing automatically- not ideal for some of us! So you go to account settings, un-check “autoplay videos,” problem solved. An account setting in the same vein for “auto-load maps” on iNat is something I often find myself wishing for.