Excluding self in search

How do I exclude myself when searching through observations?

I want to search through all of Oklahoma’s Salticidae observations, but since that’s my current focus and I reside in Oklahoma, the overwhelming majority of those observations are my own. Is there a way I can exclude my observations in the search so I don’t have to scroll through 25+ pages of observations every time I need to do this search?


add &not_user_id=salticidude to the url.
eg: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=12&subview=grid&taxon_id=48139&not_user_id=salticidude

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If your intent is identification, the Identify page is the best place, since all of your observations are excluded (as long as you’ve added an ID to it) and it will not show you, by default, the observations by others you’ve already added IDs to: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?place_id=12&taxon_id=48139

But if you definitely want to use the Explore page, you can use not_user_id= like @alexis_orion says, but instead of the username, for some reason you have to use the user number, so: this excludes yours: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=12&subview=grid&taxon_id=48139&not_user_id=593075 (you are @salticidude?* Awesome photos, by the way!) vs. all Salticidae in Oklahoma at https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=12&subview=grid&taxon_id=48139

You can find your user number in the main header, top right corner, hover over your icon and click Profile, then check the URL. Not sure a more convenient way to find someone else’s user number, but I usually go to their profile and hover over the Follow/Stop Following button and check which URL that would take me to – their user number is displayed when you hover there, at least in the lower left corner in Chrome/Firefox.

*It’s best if your iNat Forum account matches your username on iNat; you can edit your username on the forum here: https://forum.inaturalist.org/u/bothrops07/preferences


I thought I used to be able to do it with the username, but maybe I’m remembering wrongly…

Somehow I completely forgot about that.

Thank you, guys! And I just realized my username on the forum is different than on the main page. I will change that now.

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Thanks @bothrops07 for this post. Have been looking for this solution as well.

Thanks @bouteloua for the explanation.
Where can one find these “hidden” filters. This is the 3rd one that I have picked up that is useful.

There are many listed in the API documentation api.inaturalist.org, as well as here https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/how-to-use-inaturalists-search-urls-wiki/63

Thank you. I will meander through them.

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