I have bookmarks in my browser that I use in conjunction with iNat, especially when identifying, that are essentially saved search filters, as well as a LOT of bookmarks that are to external resources that I use often, such as World Spider Catalogue, Landcare large moths, FloraNZ to name but a few. When I am on another computer I am lucky in that some of my bookmarks are saved in my google/chrome profile, so I have access to them still, but for many people they don’t use google/chrome or just don’t utilise that feature of the browser and so can’t access bookmarks in the same way.
I recall an online game I played, that would allow you to make a “Linklist” which is essentially a list of links that you access on a regular basis, right on the main page of the game so they are always accessible. The links would either open in the same browser page (ie a normal link) or would open in a new browser tab if you entered it into the list with an asterisk at the end of it.
I’m proposing here a similar feature. The links don’t need to be on the page proper, but could be tucked away into the profile dropdown menu, the following mockup showing what I mean:
note the graphic to depict links that will open in a new window (borrowed here from the game as example only) and the differentiation from iNat supplied links.
In the game that I get this idea from, the linklist has a link at the top to a page for editing the list. We could have this as a section in the user profile “edit page”, or if that page is deemed already too cluttered, then perhaps a link in the profile page to a seperate edit page for the linklist. The game allows you to put an index number with each entry, which is used to determine the order that they display, but there could be other ways to determine the order
This feature would allow people to save “bookmarks” that then become available anywhere they have access to iNat, including when they sign in on computers other than their own or using different browsers.
When you first start using the linklist in the game mentioned above, it is initially populated with links that are commonly used. The game has a forum feature, much like iNat, but many players choose to use an external forum such as discord, in which case they simply replace or add the link.
As an indication of the sort of scenarios where it could be useful:
It’s a feature that I could imagine wouldn’t need to be explained to everyone (in the on-boarding for example), but rather another tool that can be offered as a solution to those type of problems, or at least as interim workarounds.