Note this is specifically about removing the leaderboard on Identify. Please leave discussions about observer leaderboards to another thread. Please also refrain from calling out particular identifiers in a negative way as this is against forum guidelines.
Many people agree the Identify leaderboard seems to encourage non-optimal behaviors, and the biggest benefit (finding “experts”) can still be done from Explore, from the Taxon page, and from the Observation page. With three not-very-hard-to-find options, I think it’s very reasonable to remove it from the place where it seems most likely to encourage bad behavior. And as a bonus, we can also increase the thumbnail size with the extra space.
Leaderboards in Explore, a Taxon page, and an Observation page
Snippets of previous comments on identification leaderboards: