Sometimes I come across people who’ve used a photo they found online instead of their own photo for an observation. The oftentimes even plainly state in their description that it isn’t their photo. It’s usually a new user. I’m hesitant to just immediately flag the image which slaps up the big copyright violation notice. Instead I’ve posted in the comments explaining why they shouldn’t do this. I explain that it is ok to post an observation with no photo or put a link in the comments to to an image that looked similar to what they saw. I figure that gives them a day or two to fix the problem themselves. I then posted another comment welcoming her to iNat with some links to the getting started page and the FAQ.
I looked at this user’s other observations and saw one where they had four photos of different species for one observation. Someone else had already commented that they should split them up. The user replied that she would do it right from now on, but didn’t fix the observation and that was weeks ago. So it’s currently research grade with four different species. She also commented that she didn’t know these observations were even public where other people could see them.
A lot of people seem to be just firing up the app and start posting without even understanding how it works. I don’t use the app for making observations, but I think a lot of people use it exclusively and don’t even know about the website. How much of an introduction is there with the app? Are people just completely skipping over instructions?