Based on some good suggestions, I’m modifying this feature request (see original below). Two aspects:
- When a user opts out of community ID they see their ID for all purposes, but everyone else sees the community ID.
- A record can reach research grade regardless of whether the user has opted out of community (i.e. their species guess counts as a single vote, just like if they hadn’t opted out).
Currently, if a user opts out of Community ID, their ID takes priority in iNaturalist. So if I do a search for a given area, I can find records of all sorts of taxa that I know are incorrectly identified. Some of these have 10-20 correct IDs and the Community ID is certainly correct.
For example, check out this record: https://inaturalist.ca/observations/897152 - it shows up in lists for Ontario when it really has no business doing so. What is the value in it showing up in the database as the claimed species when the community obviously disagrees? Searching for research-grade only observations solves this problem, but it seems silly to include the record even when that criteria is turned off.
Wouldn’t it make sense if the ID assigned to a record was the Community ID, always? The one exception could be for the user that has opted out of Community ID - they would still see their ID and the record would “count” to their list totals how they choose.