When identifying little-known taxa (in my case sea squirts or sponges), I find it helpful to suggest a “best-guess” ID, which essentially places that observation under the taxon I’ve chosen.
Of course, the problem is that this ID is likely to be incorrect, but counts towards the Community ID, and all it needs is one agreement to make it Research Grade.
What I’m suggesting is to be able to mark an identification as “tentative”, with the following functionality:
- A tentative ID does not count towards community ID
- A tentative ID is searchable by taxon, and appears under filtering “by species”, unless there is a Community ID at the same level or better
- There is no Agree link, or if there is, it is a “tentative agree” - creating a new tentative ID
- It does not initiate any other processes on the site, such as generating a default taxon image.
- There is a link for the identifier to promote the ID to a regular one (similar to the Agree link)
- A tentative ID could exist with a higher-level ID for the same person (if possible). ie, I know this is “Bears”, so I have a proper ID at that level, but also a tentative ID for “Australian Drop-bear”