When adding/editing a common name, don't display prompt for accepted scientific name

Platform(s), such as mobile, website, API, other: website

URLs (aka web addresses) of any pages, if relevant: https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/512409/taxon_names/new (example)

Description of need:
When adding a common name to a taxon, one is presented with the question,

If this is a scientific name, is it currently accepted? (True/False)

People adding non-scientific names are sometimes confused by this and select False, which results in their new name being displayed with strikethrough in the Taxonomy tab, creating further confusion.

Feature request details:
Don’t display the If this is a scientific name, is it currently accepted? prompt except while the Scientific Name lexicon is actively selected in the editing window, and/or don’t change display of non-Scientific names in the Taxonomy tab based on the True/False selection for that prompt.

Although occasionally it can be helpful to have unaccepted common names. But perhaps that’s misusing the feature.

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I don’t think it’s a misuse, but it also seems unnecessary since they are still active for looking up the taxon regardless of accepted status, and since all of the names not set as the display name for a given lexicon are “unaccepted” in a sense, and that is not controlled by the accepted/unaccepted selection. (The foregoing are all true for the Scientific Names lexicon as well.)

I can relate to this request lol!


What’s needed is functionality specifically for common names here, that allows you to mark a common name as offensive and write an explanation for why.