Forgive me if I am labouring the point. I meant to send this some time ago but hesitated as we were promised that additional functionality would eventually be restored. 5 months later nothing has changed so as a family we now rarely use this site. Such a shame as iSpot really shone as an example of sharing and learning:
“iSpot is a website aimed at helping anyone identify anything in nature. People upload their observations of wildlife, help each other identify it, and share and discuss what they’ve seen – 19.4.10 https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/global/view/article/8265/so-whats-it-all-about
As a family, we have loved iSpot since we first joined. We were able to upload photographs and receive useful support and advice. We rather hope that we have also helped other people too but this ability to share has been lost.
I would love to be able to give lots of positive feedback about this new iSpot format but having lost the ability to see and respond to feedback about added observations I have to ask what is the point. We used to receive feedback and actually have a conversation about posts left several years ago but no way of knowing now.
We keep hearing comments about “work in progress” but the premise of iSpot, at least in the early days was about sharing and supporting each other. Surely that should have been the start of the (new) design.
We have received amazing support from so many people on iSpot: That important piece of info that helped us solve our mushroom mystery, for info about our local mini-beasts or encouragement to spend a bit more time identifying seaweeds along our local shoreline. The learning curve was what we enjoyed, achieved through communication and relationships. ISpot has lost something special.
We just wanted to say thank you to people that helped us learn.