I’m so glad I ran across this thread, as it relates to a problem I’ve been having while using iNat to track this year’s periodical cicada emergences. Very often, users will post photos of cicadas taken from directly above the insect, which are easily identified to genus…but unless they have a photo of the side or underside, species ID is impossible. Not just difficult; impossible. From a research point of view, in terms of tracking the distribution and timing of emergences (which is mostly what we do), species ID is irrelevant.
I, too, have problems with the wording of the “emphatic disagree,” especially when there is a possibility that a suggested ID is correct, but there’s no way to confirm that from the photo.
However, I feel a bit arrogant checking the “as good as it can be” box…though I suppose it’s not that different from adding a confirming ID that makes an observation Research Grade. I guess what I’m getting at is, is this good iNat etiquette?