Require approval for addition of new lexicon for common names

There are a bunch of duplicate lexica that require continual maintenance because any user can add a new lexicon.

At this point there should probably be some sort of staff approval process, so we don’t end up with situations like now: separate entries in the dropdown for “Spanish”, “Español”, Español (Chile)", “Español chileno”, “Spanish (Peru)”, and both “Russian” and “русский”

There should be just one Russian and the languages should be translated in the dropdown based on the viewer’s language, or display the native name next to the translated name, e.g. “Russian / русский” or “Inglese / English”.

If a common name needs to be applied to a particular place, there is already a system for that. Rather than creating a new lexicon for Peruvian Spanish, assign the name to Spanish and set it as default to a particular place: Peru.

Can’t you add the most common lexicons in advance and block access for normal users?
(We have 40 lexicons now).

I don’t think it’s a good idea, there are a lot of common names in ethnic languages used mainly by indigenous people, normal users should be allowed to request to add new lexicons for these common names.

With a new approval system, normal users can just flag a curator to add the new lexicon they want

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There are several hundred lexicons available. There are 40 languages into which the site has been translated. They are not the same thing.

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I think the problem is getting worse. A brief look through the current list shows:

Australia
Australian
Indigenous Australian
[note that Australia has many indigenous languages]

Creole (English)
English (Creole)

German
Deutsch

Spanish
Spanish (Chile)
Spanish (Perú)
Español (Argentina)
Español (Chile)
Español (Costa Rica)
Español (Ecuador)
Español Chileno

French
Français

Greek
Greek (Modern)
Modern Greek (1453 )

Ju|'hoan
Juǀ’hoan

Oshi Kwanyama
Oshikwanyama

Portuguese
Português

Ru Kwangali
Rukwangali

Setswapong
Setswapng

Slovak
Slovakian

Sotho ( Northern)
Sotho (Northern)

Swahili
Kiswahili

Teenek
Tenek

Tonga
Tongan

Manx
Manx English Dialect

Navaho
Navajo

Zeelandic
Zealandic

Scientific Names
Nombres Científicos
Nomi Scientifici
Noms Scientifiques
Wetenschappelijke Namen
Wissenschaftliche Namen

Lexicon 1
Native Name
Eng
Spa

And that was just what stood out as probably duplicates/wrong (though some might be legitimate, apologies in advance if that’s the case).

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I think we’re going to go with this (https://github.com/inaturalist/inaturalist/issues/2675). Should solve most of these issues and not require extra staff time.

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