I’d appreciate MORE input on this Order - it is the SECOND revision (thanks to JoP and lavateraguy
TWENTY-FIVE MUCH NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS PLEASE
needed to make the site much more pleasant (FAR less frustrating) to use.
In the Latest Order of Priority -
1 REVISE Track Changes
REMOVE our own entries from CHANGES TRACKER, which are duplicated in ACTIVITY TRACKER. Only display the last change to the same Observation (if there are several)
1a Retain ‘Unread’ (currently yellow) marker
until the specific post has been visited; or allow us to mark those yet to be dealt with
2 Update dictionaries
this is imperative as we observe more and more rare varieties and the Dictionaries get more and more OUT-DATED
3 Reinstate Next & Previous buttons
bring back Next and Previous clicks when browsing Carousels or Filters
4 Allow Edit of Comments
until locked by Reply
5 Review Refresh and Back button
or modify to return to Previous page, NOT the beginning) after an agreement is added, specially during next and previous process. SPEED UP review refresh anyway
6 Devise ways to capture & nurture newcomers
linked to 7 & 10
7 Allow us to Follow
(and UNfollow), a user
8 Allow PREVIEW
of Observation detail before the final Save and ‘publishing’
9 Improve Search
allow a specific search for Observations (find all Obs (only) of Phytolacca acinosa for example) And for precise occurrences like “gooseneck”,
10 Update all Help Pages
create an Index – one we can point users to
11 Fix the Reputations algorithm.
Where sometimes the score rating is FAR from logical and often in ERROR - may apply mostly to Experts and Knowledgeables
12 Retain Locations somehow
allow users to create their own Index (Home, Mill, Foxton Wood, etc) thus saving the laborious need to enter location details every single time.
13 Allow Pages search
Particularly in Project Gallery view - ;‘Go to Page 9’, say. Some Project Galleries have over 40 pages, requiring over 40 refreshes to get to the FIRST and EARIEST occurrences. The same applies to the map, we have to click Show More Observations as many times as there are ‘thousands’ to get the final number of Obs. The Changes & Activity Trackers already have this feature. [your-ispot/activity-changes?page=6]
14 Bring back Social Points
shows those who engage with users or the system or add agreements, to be seen at least as ‘valuable’ as those with high score Icons.
15 Rationalise Global
currently, it means two things in iSpot, ALL Communities or those not UK.
EXCLUDE Other named Communities from GLOBAL or include them all - make it plain which.
16 Solve the Community lock
If we view another’s Community Observation just to look, we become Locked into that Community until changing back to our own community
17 Rationalise the Help with Global Observations Carousel.
First sort out what is Global - all iSpot or just not the named communities. Disallow observations appearing in the Current Carousel from appearing in the Help Carousel. Lined to 15 & 16
18 Add a more powerful banner
to the Home & Upload Page PLEASE CHECK YOUR CHANGES TRACKER FRQUENTLY : also HERE https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland/view/article/566/ispot-help-and-support
19 Review the way Changes links take us to Comments
so that the link takes us TO the comment. Perhaps Colour the relevant panel (new comment) in the old way
20 Refresh the Home Page
Add a running Welcome banner which changes when ‘things’ are not right. Add strong links to RECENT OBS and START HERE (New Pages?). Tidy up and remove stale notices. Add a large Picture of the Month (NOT competitive?) REGULARLY update the page.
21 Sort Enlarge Picture
remove Zoom. Allow Cycling through Observation pictures when in enlarge mode
22 Allow HTML Text
to be retained in descriptions (projects mostly) through Edits. Allow restricted HTML text in comments and Ob. descriptions, but particularly <a ref and so avoid terribly, sometimes over-spillingly long, URLs
23 FIX the quizzes
REMOVE, test, revise and replace the Quizzes – (listen to senior users!)
24 Resite Changes link
to Your iSpot Drop-down - above Favourites. REMOVE Quiz quick-link from Profile Display Panel
25 Overhaul PROJECTS
Thin down unused, derelict or incomplete PROJECTS. Make Projects easier to form, run and edit
26 Please make suggestions
regarding the ORDER of priority and any ADDITIONS