Not sure if this has been discussed, I did search. My understanding is that there are two grades for photos—“needs ID” (not yet ID’d) and “Research grade” (positively ID’d by multiple users). This binary seems simplistic. To my eye, most photos on iNat are good enough to get an ID, but are not necessarily good photos. It would be great if there was a rating system to indicate
- that a photo is good quality from a photographic POV.
- that a photo is a good documentation of an organism, i.e. clearly shows identifying characters, and demonstrates well what the organism looks like.
Then, one could sort on highest rated quality photos and more quickly get an idea of what an organism looks like, rather than a pile of blurry “research grade” photos to sift through with good ones buried in the mix, having equal, research grade status. It seems to me that would more deserve the name “research grade”. Mushroom Observer, e.g. has this feature.
I think the lesser quality photos are of course still of value, for the purpose of having more data points/more sampling.