Text replacement How To’s
Briefly, For iPad iOS use: Settings → Keyboard → Text Replacement
To set up keystrokes that insert a comment when you type specific keystrokes.
When broadly IDing Unknowns, especially for newer users, I have several boilerplate comments I routinely add. I figure if I all I can do is ID something as a Plant, adding a comment to new users about how to get more out of the site makes up for it a bit.
By typing a couple unique letters you define in Settings, a whole comment gets inserted into the Comment area.
These auto text strings are easy to set up in most device Settings, and I’ve included some instruction links below. The triggering text strings will work in all apps, so be sure to use text that you would not use often in your other writing.
These are some examples I use most often; but each person will have different needs and preferences for their work style.
For Unknowns: Typing ‘Unk’ produces,
“As this Observation was entered as Unknown, it may not get reviewed by experts. It helps to add even a very high level ID to the Species ID field when you enter your observation. I am identifying this very generally in the hope that it will be noticed and identified by someone with more expertise.”
For Explaining about Computer Vision: typing ‘CV’ produces,
“I’m not an expert, but this was Suggested by iNaturalist Computer Vision. Did you know if you click in the Species Name box (it’s under the Suggest an Identification tab) when adding your Observation that iNaturlist software will suggest likely species? It’s not always right, but it is improving all the time. The Compare button may offer similar organisms to consider.”
For potted plants and landscaping: typing ‘Picturethis’ produces,
“You may also enjoy using an app called PictureThis, which is designed to ID landscaping plants.”
For too many species shown: Typing ‘Multi’ produces,
“Your observation includes photos of multiple species. Could you add them as separate observations? If you do that, they may all get IDed. A quick way to fix this observation is to use the duplicate feature. In the upper right corner of the observation page, click the downward arrow next to “Edit” and choose “Duplicate.” Then identify the duplicate observation as the organism in your second picture and uncheck the checkboxes next to the other pictures. You can repeat this process to create new duplicate observations for picture #3, #4, etc. Lastly, come back to the first observation, click “Edit,” and delete the extra picture.”
(I borrowed those instructions for fixing the observation from another iNat user, but I don’t remember who it was now - sorry )
How To links
People could use Google or DuckDuckGo to find instructions for their specific devices, but here are a couple I found.