Duplicated records appear when using the Explore function

Platform (Android, iOS, Website): Website and Android

App version number : 1.30.15 (608)

Browser : Chrome

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Description of problem : When I’m using the Explore function to identify records, many times duplicated images appear, as if the creator of the image had uploaded the same image twice, what’s not true. The screenshot shows the problem - in this case, a whole group of four images has been duplicated.

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Yes, I have had this happen to me too, when “Exploring” my own images. Learning from experience, I now take great care NOT to delete apparent “duplicates” until I’m sure they actually are dups.

For me it happens when I’m identifying pictures from others. It disturbs the work because to be sure it’s not a dup, I must click in both pictures to see if they are the same record. Of course I don’t do it anymore, because it takes time, but the uncertainty remains.

this is a longstanding, well-known bug
see eg https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/observations-displayed-multiple-times-when-scrolling-in-grid-view/504 and https://github.com/inaturalist/inaturalist/issues/971

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Probably better to use the “Identify” function for identifying, rather than “Explore”. It solves the duplicate issue - if you see a duplicate in “Identify”, it really is a duplicate.


see links above