I’m in the process of writing up some new responses for observations, and I want your feedback! If there is anything you’d like to see added to the page, please reply to this post with a summary of the response and an example of the situation where it would be used. I’ll reply to your comment with a draft, and we can work together to make them good. Any links that you think should be included along with the response are very helpful as well.
I have a few I’ve already started on, so once I feel good about them I’ll post them here as well. Expect this post to be updated regularly; I might just edit the original post instead of replying, but I’ll see what works best.
Some extra info:
The responses page is a community-made collection of things to send to users that address common issues that come up as they learn about and how to use iNaturalist. Anyone can ask that a response be added, but only curators can actually edit the page, so this forum post can be used as a place to combine requests.
Feel free to message me or leave a comment about any questions that may arise!
Pinned Specimens with Incorrect Location and Date
The same considerations shown in this response apply to the likes of camera trap observations, pressed specimens in herbaria, shells in collections, etc). Other considerations include whether the user has permission to make an observation of the preserved specimen (e.g. museums might not allow it without express permission), and the likelihood of others having also made observations of the same specimens.
Observations of pinned specimens are acceptable in iNaturalist, but we need to be sure of what the pin location and observation date represent, whether it is the place and time found, or the place and time that you photographed it. It also helps tremendously if you clearly state which option it is in the description. If the data you provided is where/when the specimen was photographed, rather than found, the observation should be marked as Captive/Cultivated, as it can otherwise affect the range data, etc. If there is any uncertainty as to what the data represents, then it should be marked as inaccurate location or date.
Example for Flag Responses:
Copyrighted image is flagged as copyright using the other option
This response can be used whenever a copyrighted image is flagged without the “copyright infringement” option, thereby not hiding the image from public view.
Thank you for flagging this image for copyright infringement. In the future please use the Copyright Infringement option when flagging stock images or anything that infringes on another person's copyright, as that removes the image from public view. This option can be found by clicking on the small flag icon below the image, and then choosing Copyright Infringment as the flag reason. I have gone ahead and done that for you, and this flag will be resolved as there is another one now open for the same content.