If one edits an observation field the edit is attributed to the author of the field and not the editor - as reported in the dashboard.
Tony, I’m not sure this is the same effect you were speaking of, but I just got a notice that I added a value to an observation field for one of my observations:
regarding this observation:
In fact, someone else added that observation field and value.
My question is why the added value was attributed to me.
The answer is that it is a bug: - is it possible for you to figure out who changed the value?
It occurred to me that INat does not store who edits a field: and thus any edit is attributed to the observer of the observation. I hope that I am wrong.
As I understand it, only three people can edit an observation field.
- the person who added it.
- the owner of the observation
- the owner of the observation field.
But only the person who added it can delete it (there is a bug with the Android cellphone app, which adds all observation fields in a project to any observation, even if empty (or alternatively with the wrong
value if there is a default) - this is a right pain when managing the observation fields and trying to keep the data curated.
Hopefully someone will respond to this in due course?
I believe anyone can edit an observation field (except on obs of users who disallow adding obs fields).
Linking github issue: https://github.com/inaturalist/inaturalist/issues/2876