Thistle's picture

Get Recommended

Is the "Get Recommended" feature working properly? See my notes on http://www.ispotnature.org/node/373678.

Ian

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chrisbrooks's picture

Communities

If in Global mode you do not get UK names. Go for it in UK mode and you do. Quite a mess really, hopefully it will be sorted out.

At present the site is full off bugs. The Community features knock out "get recommended" functions, the NBN feature is spasmodic and the similar sighting carousel appears to have a mind of its own on assorted postings.

These new features need testing thoroughly before release.

Thistle's picture

Thanks

I did wonder about changing to UK but decided not to because I learn from foreign observations as well as from UK ones. I've also posted holiday photos from abroad for ID and would like to think that the team would see them.

However, if I'm going to lose functionality I'll give up and go for UK at least for the moment.

Ian

Martin Harvey's picture

Species dictionaries

One of the functions of the new communities is to allow for the possibility of using different species dictionaries in different parts of the world. So, when adding identifications, to see the UK Species Inventory names (the ones that we've always had on iSpot) you do need to be in the "UK and Ireland" community.

If you are in the Global (or, for the moment, any other) community, and you add an identification, you will not have access to the UK names, instead you'll see names from the global Catalogue of Life. These do not always match up to the names in the UK list.

We've made it as easy as possible to switch between the communities for those who want to see observations from around the world, but you do need to check which community you're currently in before adding an identification.

If you are primarily interested in the UK and Ireland observations, once you have chosen that community iSpot should remember your choice so that you will go straight there next time you log on to the site.

For more information on species dictionaries see http://www.ispotnature.org/faq-species-dictionaries

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Entomologist and biological recorder

Thistle's picture

Thanks

Many thanks for the explanation, Martin.

Perhaps you can clarify what happens if I am in the UK and Ireland community and try to post an observation from abroad? Will I be allowed to post or will I be moved, or asked to move, to the Global community? If the observation is allowed, will it be visible in the Global community or will it visible only in the UK & I community?

Ian

Martin Harvey's picture

Posting observations

Ian,

You can post an observation for anywhere in the world from whichever community you are in. So if you are in the UK and Ireland community, and you post an observation that is located in, say, France, you will be able to do so, but that observation wouldn't appear in the UK and Ireland carousels. It would appear in the global carousels (and if/when we establish a community for France you'd see it there too).

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Entomologist and biological recorder

Thistle's picture

Thanks again.

Martin

That's a helpful explanation. Many thanks.

The system must, therefore, be taking note of the location and assigning it to an area (UK&I/Chile/other) so perhaps we can look forward to a time when we, as users, will be able to specify which groups of areas we wish to see posts from and which species dictionary we wish to use.

Keep up the good work!

Ian

chrisbrooks's picture

Communities

Hi Martin, my initial comments were probably a little harsh but we're made out of frustration at the time.

The issue I can see is that if in global mode and you force an ID in as the get recommended feature does not work, then it will not link to NBN records etc.

Also the 3 links at the bottom of the ID section that includes NBN records do not carry across from global to UK and vice versa. Is this something that can be looked into.

Regards Chris.

Martin Harvey's picture

Get recommended

Chris, I may be misunderstanding your point here, but just to clarify that the 'Get recommended' button does still work if you are in the Global community, it is just that it works on the Catalogue of Life dictionary rather than the UK one. The CoL dictionary has more scientific names but fewer English ones, and the names it recommends may not be the same as would be recommended from the UK perspective.

But the general point stands that if you are adding an identification for an observation that is in the UK or Ireland, then we'd strongly recommend that you first check you are currently in the "UK and Ireland" community, so that the correct links do get made.

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Entomologist and biological recorder

dejayM's picture

Concerned

Martin I am now confused and not little concerned
Look at this post
http://www.ispotnature.org/node/391917
I did a scree-dump of the Review just before posting it.
I was VERY careful to make certain I was in the UK&I and doubly careful to get recommended names.
The Screen print shows the BNB link, the posts does not.
The print suggests I am using an android - I am using Win 7 on a desktop PC.
I'd prefer to be able to see other observations but this post obviously has drawn from the EoL Species Dict.
I need help please.
ðerek

dejayM's picture

A result

Things have move on for me. After trying as many fixes as I could think of, I logged out, closed down my computer, opened and logged in again. I think this might reset my 'values' at the iSpot server. Of course I made certain that, throughout this process, UK&I was my Community.
Two perfect posts this morning
http://www.ispotnature.org/node/392245
http://www.ispotnature.org/node/392233
no looking back? Hope so.
ðerek