Opening disclaimer: I’m very new to iNaturalist, and there are many features of it and its culture I know nothing about. Feel free to point me at relevant help topics/guides/previous posts.
I consider myself a person who identifies plants (in real life, so far, not yet on iNat.) I have my here my shiny new iNaturalist account, and I think it could become something I’d be very “into,” but so far I’m overwhelmed. (A website/app for cataloging ALL THE LIFE ON EARTH? Woah.) I’ve been here a few days, and so far I’ve gotten the impression iNat has many, many more observations than identifications. I feel the urge to help, but… is there a “best” way to contribute my time/knowledge? Are there some plants that “need” identifying more than others? Perhaps they are of particular value to known research, or of particular interest to a large group of people, or…? We may be getting philosophical here, and I’m not trying to suggest some observations are “not worth it,” but what are some criteria I could use to choose which plant observations I should ID?