BioBlitz Project glitch

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#1

I haven’t encountered this bug before:

I set up a BioBlitz project with a designated ‘Place’ boundary and a set of dates during which I was expecting observations would aggregate on the project. The rules are defined for the time period and place. However, observations are not aggregating.

Has anyone experienced this before? Trouble-shooting suggestions? Our BioBlitz has already commenced, so it would be good to resolve soon. Thanks.

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/mayne-galiano-bioblitz-2019

Note: I searched through related topics but this glitch appears to be unique to my situation.

#2

it doesn’t look like you assigned the project to a Place, you need to do that, and if one that fits your needs doesn’t exist you can make one.

#3

But I have…?

#4

Hmm, it looks like you pointed to a ‘place’ on the bioblitz map, but for a bioblitz to populate you’ll have to use an iNaturalist Place that has a defined polygon. For instance: https://www.inaturalist.org/places/galiano-island
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Using a point won’t work because the bioblitz doesn’t know where to collect from. If you connect the rules of the bioblitz to the place i posted (or a similar one) instead that should work.

#5

There is indeed an iNat Place defined with a polygon. It just isn’t showing (there is an option to show the polygon or not)

#6

hmm, odd. From my end i can’t see the associated ‘place’ at all so indeed there is some sort of bug or problem here.
Another thought - did you use a ‘traditional’ project? If so… observations will only appear if people add them. That doesn’t seem right since it seems to show as a bioblitz project… but i don’t know. If it’s a backend bug you may want to email help@inaturalist.org. Or maybe just delete it and try re creating it?

#7

Only “Collection” projects will automatically aggregate observations. All new traditional projects only allow direct submission and do not aggregate observations. See https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/new for more information. You can convert your project to a collection project by going to the edit page and clicking the link in the banner at the top of the project edit page.

#8

Ah. OK. Thanks pleary. I was aware of the Collection project functionality but as I recall the old school ‘BioBlitz’ project also used to auto-aggregate. Problem solved.