When you select a country as the location in an iNat search, the area searched follows that country’s border – even for countries with quite complex shapes, like Greece. However, if you select Turkey, the resulting map area is a crude oblong, which of course necessarily includes parts of several neighbouring countries. It’s the only country I have seen without a more precisely defined border. Is there a reason for this?
I’m assuming that when you refer to an “iNat Search” you are talking about using Explore? I also see the box, though you can see the true borders if you go to the iNat place for Turkey: https://www.inaturalist.org/places/turkey
Maybe it’s something to do with the name change from Turkey to Turkiye?
How odd! Greece and Bulgaria work just fine for me. I’d need to know more about how this works behind the scenes to have some idea why different users are getting different countries coming up as bounding boxes. (Maybe it depends on the language you are using iNat in?) Hopefully someone with some expertise will be able to shed some light.
A similar issue exists for Czechia. When typing Czech into the location box I am being offered Czech Republic and its variations (including Czechia if I type it fully) “Powered by Google” which all only lead to a rectangle. The correct iNat location Czechia is only available through the filters.
Edit: It is actually like that for all countries I tried. The search at the top always returns a rectangle from Google. Does not matter if Germany or Bulgaria.
However, after several attempts I now got into the state when clicking on the items offered by Google actually does not do anything. Simply nothing happens.
Does anyone know if there is a feature request around this issue yet? Rather than workarounds such as
The solution is to ignore the Location search box on the website and instead use a place filter
it seems to me there should be a more permanent solution. In the previous discussion on this topic @pisum suggested improving this through: “a place filter that searches and returns only iNaturalist places”.
I’d like to know if this is something under consideration by the iNat staff because I cannot find a feature request yet. If it does not exist yet, I’d be happy to create one.
I guess I misinterpreted your original comment, so thanks for the clarification. Reframing current funcionality is a good temporary solution but restructuring the functionality is more appropriate for the long term. My point here is that the location filter should either exclusively return (which is what I thought your comment advocated for) or at the very least strongly prioritize iNat places to avoid the issues raised in both these threads. If you believe this is on the team’s radar for a more fundamental revamp I’ll leave it at that. Thanks again!