I recently came across a new user posting pictures of sign boards of birds in a “park”. The signboard had a clear printed picture of a bird along with so The user self identified the observation based on the information on the sign board which has Common English Name, Scientific Name and Status (resident. migrant etc).
Meanwhile some identifiers corroborated the id and the result was the signboard bird (signbird) became a research grade observation.
Some one shared the observation(s) on a WhatsApp group after which I, and a few others from the WhatsApp group, visited the observations and downgraded the id using the DQA parameters. (I did Flag the observations and the response was that it was adequate to downgrade the observation using the DQA. )
Later I commented on the observation, as pasted below :
Hi @inatusername. The image you uploaded appears to be a copyrighted artwork or a photo of a hoarding, rather than a real organism.
On Inaturalist, users are encouraged to upload original content that they have created or have permission to share. This includes photos of real organisms, drawings, sounds, and even plain descriptions made from the observers own observations
Unfortunately, your uploaded image does not fit these guidelines as it is not an original creation or a photo of a real organism. Therefore, it is not acceptable as a valid observation on Inaturalist.
It really does not matter if the picture / sound is of high quality, what is quite important is the originality of the observation.
Kindly do delete these observations.
We appreciate your understanding and hope you can contribute to inaturalist community by sharing your own original observations.
The original user has yet to see this comment or respond to it.
However subsequent to this some other identifiers have identified this observation as “Homo sapiens” / Human.
On further querying the identifiers responded, saying that, this signboard is human made hence is is a sign of a human.
I understand the need to encourage new users but I don’t understand this need to id the signboard as human activity instead of encouraging the deletion of something that is obviously a newbie mistake. It seems to me this type of “human id’s” will become the entrance of a deep rabbit hole and basically anything uploaded and not fitting into the non human life forms will just be id’ed as human without questioning the observers original intentions.
Looking for thoughts on this issue