Here’s what often happens with observations that I ID. I will use a simplified example:
I see an observation with one ID, by JK, saying “squirrels.” I am not sure what animal it is but I know “squirrels” is wrong. So I ID it as “mammals” and, when prompted, say that I know it is not squirrels.
Now LM comes along and recognizes it as a civet. She IDs it as “civets.” JK agrees with her and changes his ID to “Civets.”
So we have 3 IDs that have not been crossed out: The oldest is mine, “Mammals.” The remaining 2 say “Civets.”
Why is the community ID “mammals”?
In this situation, assuming I don’t trust my ability to ID a civet, I will refresh the screen a few times, then give up waiting and withdraw my correct broad ID. CID will then change to “Civets.” Why does my saying that a photo of a civet is a mammal but not a squirrel count as disagreeing with the ID “Civets”?
I am writing now because I just came across an observation – one posted and ID’ed by others – that has a CID of “Gall wasps” six months after one person ID’d it as Andricus aciculatus and the observer changed her ID to A. acciculatus. The only other ID is “Gall wasps.”
[original version, written as a Bug Report, has been edited]