A couple of questions

Hey! Newbie here. I have a couple of questions that I didn’t see answered elsewhere, but I’m sorry if I missed something.

  1. Is there a way to give a warning for disturbing content in the event of posting a deceased animal? Are there any measures to take before uploading such content, or is the process exactly like any other upload?
  2. Would barn cats be considered captive or wild, considering they’re fed by humans and given shelter by humans, but aren’t restricted to that shelter and could, hypothetically, travel as far as they wanted to?

Welcome to the forum!

  1. No warning is necessary, but you can annotate these observations as dead. People who don’t want to see dead organisms can filter them out then. There’s a feature request for a photo blur (declined) that has lots of discussion about issues around this: https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/implement-photo-blur-on-observations-annotated-as-dead/21214 I will note that you shouldn’t add a text based photo with a warning.

  2. There’s some threads that discuss this issue, including https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/feral-cats-extremely-under-documented-in-inat/21667 I personally think that barn cats are something of a gray area - I could see some barn cats being clearly wild in their behavior, others being more “captive”. If they stay in around the barn as shelter pretty exclusively, get food and regular medical care from an owner, I’d lean towards captive. But if they really just get food and then wander and do their own thing all over the place, that seems like a feral cat to me and I’d call “wild”. If you feel like an individual cat should clearly be one or the other, you can leave your reasons in the notes/comments and preemptively tick thumbs up or down for “is wild” in the DQA.


If it’s something graphic you could have the first photo be more distant or taken such that you don’t see the graphic portion, then add alternate shots after that. If it’s dead but not a lot of gore/innards I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

Welcome, by the way!


If I think something might be a bit too sensitive for certain users of the plattform, I might put the first picture in b/w (which I think helps a lot to make it less graphic) and also put a warning in the description… Like in this one https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/62047573

You could consider doing this.


Another way of dealing with the gore issue is to crop the gore out of the picture and add a warning message - make sure that’s the first photo. As said before please don’t add a pure text warning as a picture - the animal should be shown in all images really. This is what I have done https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/148006564


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