BugGuide would be fairer if we had queues for experts, rather than our "Images" or "Recent Images" views. As it is now, images are processed Last-In-First-Out. The newest images are on the first page. If your image is 2 or 3 pages back and the expert doesn't get to you, the next time that expert visits you may be on page 5 or 6. Before you know it you are on page 100, still waiting for an ID, meanwhile images just submitted today are on page 1 and getting the expert's attention. I have seen people dump a bunch of images into Frass and get immediate attention to save their images, I have seen people delete and resubmit images to get back to page 1. This shouldn't be necessary.
It would be fairer if we had a First-In-First-Out view that the experts could use to view unidentified images. Then the backlog would apply to everyone equally. Also, if everyone could see where they were in the queue, they would at least have some idea if/when they might finally get some comment.
I suppose this could be accomplished by having a view that reversed the order of the images, showing the oldest first. Then as the images were moved into the guide, the next oldest would move to the first page.
I just think this image on page 125 and all of those on page 124, 123, 122, might be more deserving of a response than those just submitted yesterday.
EDIT: Placing this comment at the top so it is seen as the topic of this discussion...
As it is now, If you go to "Moths"
and click "Images"
you see the very NEWEST images. If you then click "recent images"
you see everything mixed up at any taxonomic level, including those already IDed to species. I would simply like to see an additional link next to "recent images" called "oldest images"
which showed the "Images"
view, but instead the database query returned the images in the reverse order
, so that the oldest images were on page 1. This way experts could see the images from 2008 without clicking 30 times to work their way to page 125. Also, people waiting for IDs could see how far back in the "queue" they were and have some idea when they might receive a comment/ID. As it is now those images are just ignored until they really back up, then someone dumps them into superfamilies to give people a sense of progress.