Hey app developers,
Why isn’t there a NatureNerd Trivia Quiz Game? Or is there?
iNat data would make for a great natural history quiz app. The trick would be to empower users to create their own quizzes. User creates a target list of taxa, for example 16 common trees. That could be the extent of the customization: just create a taxon list. Fancier options could be to restrict images geographically, choose from some game play options, or whatever. Each turn, the game fetches a random image from Research Grade Observations of one randomly selected taxon from the list. Player must select correct taxon, or select from 4 choices that include the correct (matching) taxon + 3 incorrect distractors. Game continues, tracking percent correct choices. Could be chunked in sets of ten images.
Teachers, students, and nature nerds would probably enjoy this. The ideal thing is that it can be very easy (10 common and very distinct bird species) or very hard (20 devilishly similar species of plants or fungi) and therefore can be useful to many different audiences.
I think this app could be widely used. It would be so much more fun than the canned quizzes that have only a few images of each taxon and can only be played once or twice. I do not have skills or time to work through the development process but if I did, I’d do it. There were the beginnings of something like this using Encyclopedia of Life data at one point, but it was lost in the general implosion of that entire website. Thoughts?