During identifications as an identifier I would like to get the most relevant hits when typing a name or its abbreviation, so that I do not have to browse through a lot of different, but irrelevant hits, which when selecting erroneusly will lead to erroneous IDs.
In this case I tried to further identify the fly that was identified earlier as Chrysopilius sp to Chryspilus erythrophthalmus. I typed in Chr ery. It seems that this combination matched with several species, sometimes quite surprising ones like the first one Glacier Lily. It seems that the search phrase works with the entire phrase including the traditional names.
Having chatted with the inat people it seems that the hits to any search phrases are returned in an order that contains the most common hits (most observations for the taxon), rather than the ones which are relevant in the existing identification context. Now, something is already identified to some extent, the typical use case is that this identification will be further specified. Therefore, I would like to receive the hits which are within the taxon context first. I.e. I would like to see Chrysopilus erythrophthalmus as hit nr 1., and I would like to see all other hits that are outside the taxon context lower, and possibly marked somehow at the UI level as being a potential “maverick”. Several ways can be used to achieve this goal.
While the small photo icons help, in most searches the correct hit comes first, and when identifying hundreds of observations, one tends to hit always the first hit. This regularly leads to misidentifications.
See for example:
A fly was identifeid as Bombylius major. In fact it is Bombylius aurifer. In this case I typed B aurifer, and the clicked on the first hit, which turned out to be a snake. This happens quite often.
A similar one:
Here a Rhagio needs to be identified. Rha atl brings Rhagio atlanticus not as a first hit.
Another quite typical example, which happened not only to me, but others as well. Lomatia seems to be a name of a plant as well as a fly genus. The plant genus always comes up as the first hit, as this seems to be more observed than the fly.
There are countless other examples.