What to do about many notifs?

howdy! i’m wondering how y’all deal with a backlog of notifications? i slacked off a bit checking my notifs and now have a lovely 605 to look at… i love seeing all of my notifs to correct/explain my ids, respond to questions and pings, so on. but if i just click the notif button on the site i have one chance to open 605 tabs before i have to scroll through the home page updates and sift through a bunch of observations and stuff on a weirdly formatted page. is there any other way to pull up notifications? or am i just gonna have to say goodbye to a lot of them and remember to not let notifs sit in the future lol. hopefully my wording made sense :)


use @pisum’s tool


My method is to hold down on an individual one so it opens a new tab and do that so they don’t vanish. 600 is a lot to do that with. A lot of the time, unfortunately, I accept the loss and don’t get to them all. Oftentimes it will be a lot of notifications for the same thing from a same person and I have to assume they’re mostly for the same thing so I don’t need to check each one, such as somebody identifying something to subspecies or something. I don’t have a perfect system but I don’t know if one exists!

Unless the link up there ^ is the perfect one.


On the Android app they don’t vanish but you can only see the most recent 200.


If your notifications have already disappeared, you may have to change the status of viewed to “true” in the tool. When using this tool, I generally open 10 at a time into a new tab. Then look through the tabs for disagreements and comments, closing each tab after reviewing. I’ve never had to do 600, but 100 doesn’t take too long. You could favorite ones you want to go back to prevent getting bogged down.

For routine upkeep (50 or less), I work backward on the All Updates tab of the home screen (without clicking the notifications alert). After I think I’ve gotten them all, I refresh and check the notification count. Sometimes there’s a few I missed. I click the notification alert for those and open them into new tabs from the dropdown list.


I started unfollowing some of them that I know I probably won’t have to change my ID on but I also can have days where I get like 50 notifications that are all similar. I can’t imagine with 600, but with 50 I can kind of skim and “Control+click” them into new tabs to quickly glance if they need any actions

Join the queue for better notification management!

We have only the one option - to turn off agreements. But I want to see WHO agreed with me. So that’s none!

I try to open and check each one, but the sequence is weird. After I have cleared back to midnight, I find a few more from ‘today among yesterday’.

I unfollow each obs as soon as I can. Keeping only the few active where the discussion is rolling on.

But I am counting on pisum’s tool to catch up before the Great Southern Bioblitz.


https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/notifications-on-inaturalist-please-share-your-ideas/374 191 comments





https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/whats-your-personal-record-for-of-header-notifications/3935 I expect about 100 a day


https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/inaturalist-2019-team-retreat-follow-up/373/31 back to 2019 and still waiting hopefully to see promised changes roll out.

Meanwhile vynbos has left iNat altogether due to too many notifications - CID algorithm has to be pushed to overturn their orphaned IDs. Others say glibly, never look at my notifications and don’t expect anyone else to either.

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this is incredible, thank you. Is there a section where all user-created tools like this are visible?

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I wonder if @pisum has a list?
Otherwise search across the forum to see if he has answered your other questions.

PS found a link on his profile