I’ve recently realized that my habit of combining multiple photos of individual plants in a variable population is technically against iNat policy:
This makes me very sad because I think it is useful to document variation in characters within a single population, and I think this is clearest and most convenient in a single observation page. But I don’t want to use the site in a way that deviates from others’ standards and expectations.
Now I have to split up a large number of population-level observations into many, many more individual level observations.
I wouldn’t put in the time to do this, except that I’ve noticed that another user of this site is beginning to systematically disagree with identifications on the grounds that they contain too many individuals. I would like my observations to remain ‘research grade’ or at least ‘verifiable’.
What’s the fastest way to split up my observations? I’ve been doing:
- “duplicate observation”
- un-check all photos in the observation that aren’t of a single individual
- re-identify the observation
- copy and paste the missing notes and tags from the old observation
- repeat this for every individual in the original observation
- delete the original population-level observation
Is there a faster way? Particularly a way that retains previous community observations? This project will eat up most of my time on iNaturalist with my current workflow.