Apologies if this is in the wrong place or inappropriate in nature. I go through a lot of observations, especially in my locality and home state. Often, as I’m sure other serial identifiers will find, taxa are wildly misidentified. New Zealand endemics or plants (I focus on plants) not found in the area are misidentified and the computer vision becomes trained to offer that suggestion. It’s a compounding problem and going through IDs is not only the point of iNaturalist, but trains the computer vision and fixes range maps etc.
Recently, a user with a lot of glaring misidentifications seemingly became upset that I changed their identifications, deleted those observations, and then re-loaded with the wrong IDs. I thought this was strange. But, I identified again. They’ve now deleted once again and have blocked me, as I found out by a banner on top of the page of their observations. Because I was using the site as intended??
This is not exactly a helpful feature, don’t you think? To cut me or anyone off from participating because they can’t accept the concept of community taxon. It also hurts a bit and seems petty. Mostly I’m just concerned about the spillover effect of fake oleanders proliferating the computer vision suggestions and range maps.
Does anyone have any similar stories? Or advice?