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I am proposing this idea following a nudge from Ray Turner (see Other Forums>>General Discussion>>Editing 11 Oct 2011).
I would like to suggest that a photo library is made more easily available so that it is searchable to assist in making IDs.
One can currently view photos in iSpot by using the Search feature, but this is rather clunky with lists of observations rather than a more manageable set of thumbnails. Often the titles of the photos (when hovering the cursor) refer to an original misidentification.
If diagnostic attributes could be added to photos by an expert (currently there is an excellent suggestion that goes part of the way - AlanS "Reference Observations" - that experts could create a library of "typical" IDs) this would greatly assist non-experts in making IDs. The Roll-Royce would be if you could create photo ID software, so that a photo observation could be offered and suggestions made to a likely ID (rather like the Picasa face ID feature).
Anything that helps an amateur make an ID will be welcomed.