About the General category - please read before posting!

This is a place to discuss general iNaturalist-related topics that are not specific Feature Requests or Bug Reports. The iNat Forum is also not a place to seek help with identification, promote projects, or to post unconstructive complaints/grievances. Posts should aim to start a productive conversation or resolve problems.

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And finally, iNaturalist’s Community Guidelines apply here too. Let’s make this a welcoming and constructive place for everyone.