This might be very similar to a request that was made before (https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/optimize-the-user-interface-for-annotating/7662), but I’m not entirely sure exactly what was suggested before. What I’M suggesting is this:
Instead of having a drop-down menu to choose a value, and then allowing people to agree or disagree, just have a table with yes/no checkboxes (or thumbs up/down icons). Here’s what it would look like, with the O’s representing a checkbox:
Yes No Cannot be determined
Flowering O O O
Fruiting O O O
Flower budding O O O
Male O O O
Female O O O
I think this should be easy to implement, as the checkboxes would work exactly the same as the checkboxes for the Research Grade Qualification table. There are a few advantages to this:
- Fewer steps- You just need to click once. Right now you need to click twice. It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but every click saved makes the experience a lot better. Besides, it’s only two clicks if you actually click the right thing. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve meant to click “adult” and accidentally clicked “egg” or whatever.
- Data- Wrong annotations are very annoying right now. For example, let’s hypothetically say that this observation actually showed a luna moth egg, not an adult. All I can do right now is to disagree that the life stage is an adult, I can’t actually label it as an egg. People might not make that particular mistake very often, but for other things they might (like sex, for example, which is sometimes a lot less clear). Having the checkbox system makes it clear what the strength of the consensus is for each trait.
- It’s easier to add multiple annotations- I often add multiple annotations, such as life history, dead or alive, and then sex. The problem is that the current layout changes when you add or take away some annotations. For example, adding “flowering” for “plant phenology” adds another row of “plant phenology”. That is EXTREMELY annoying when you forget to account for that and you were about to click the next annotation when suddenly you’re clicking the wrong thing because the whole table shifted down one row
also, please move the location of the annotations table (in the desktop version of the site). One issue is having to constantly scroll up/down, which makes me dizzy (no, I will not reduce the scrolling speed! I refuse! lol…), but the most important issue is that adding an ID makes the community taxon area change size. I often add an ID, and then the whole annotation table area moves just as I’m about to click on an annotation. It is extremely annoying. Personally, I’d put the community taxon box right above the ID’s, or at least move it below the annotations, but adding a placeholder image/element before there is a community ID would work too. If it’s the same size as the community ID element, updating the graphic wouldn’t move everything else on the page around.
Sorry for the obscenely long post… now you know why I’m not active in the forums.