I’m always a bit hesitant to suggest that researchers, land managers, or other folks use iNaturalist observation fields to collect associated data because anyone can edit the observation fields on other users’ observations.
In the past I’ve experienced people adding (hundreds of) unwanted and often inaccurate observation fields and editing existing observation fields. As a result, I don’t use this feature very much and I have opted out of people adding new observation fields. :( But it would be great if edits to my observation fields could be locked so that I can feel safer that any data I collected won’t be modified or erased. Even better might be an expansion of the Relationships feature, where I could trust certain people to add/edit observation fields or add my observations to relevant projects.
Added a host plant ID with main account:
Logged into test account and changed the host plant to a different species:
Edit saved successfully:
(There is also a “bug”/unexpected event, where the delete option is presented to other users, but it does nothing and no error is provided to indicate that the field was not actually deleted.)
Desired change: remove Edit and Delete options for other users or untrusted accounts.