I saw that #8 when you first posted the wiki/tutorial on etiquette… was going to respond to it…
I get fairly regularly tagged by an observer in another country, very different environs to what I have here at home. There are not a lot of taxa in common between the two places! When the tag comes, I am looking at the photo thinking, “now why have I been tagged on this”?
Then it dawns on me, it is at family (salticidae) and I am in the top 10 for salticidae. I know some NZ salticidae, and I’m one of the most active identifiers for NZ salticidae. I can see why I was tagged, that is ok… even if I can’t help because I only know (some) NEW ZEALAND salticidae!
Up to this point I’m “meh, I’ve tagged top 10s before too, all good”… but then I notice that I have been tagged along with everyone else in the top 10. And it’s been done as soon as the observation was loaded. And there appears to be no urgent need to get the ID. That’s when it bites a little.
I think tagging top 10ers should only be done if there is an urgency, or some reason to be reaching out for the “above and beyond” attention that not every observation on iNat is going to get. Maybe it’s needed urgently for a report that is due soon, or it resolves an ID confusion that will then sort out hundreds of observations without further imposition on the specialists… I have tagged for an ID on a moth that was floundering at genus for 6 months, because I was going to be referring to it during a presentation. And even then, it was tagging an identifier that I had had dialogue with on previous observations, and I was reasonably sure wouldn’t mind the nudge!
I stop short of blocking the observer in question, because from time to time there is something observed that is genuinely quite cool… I could block it if it ever got too much. I didn’t comment to the tutorial #8 because I fully appreciate this is just my reaction to the practise. I am certain others find it perfectly ok!
In fact, @tonyrebelo is one of my top 10 tags on a Kniphofia confusion, but it helped us sort out a dozen or so obs, not to mention many dozens to come I am sure! I would be interested to hear if my unsolicited tag was inconvenient!