When a taxon is entered in the “species” box in Identify, items with a community ID of “state of matter–life” will never show up.
For example, suppose I am looking at fungi including lichens. An observation that one observer ID’d as slime molds and a second observer ID’d as a fungus will not turn up. Nor will a search under “slime molds” turn up the observation. So if the first identifier does not change or withdraw the “slime molds” ID, there is only a brief window of time before the observation falls into oblivion.
To fix this problem, iNat software should use both the community ID and the most recent ID when selecting needs-ID observations that fit a specific taxon. Or, better yet, an observation should be treated, for Identify purposes, as belonging to any taxon that includes any of its non-withdrawn IDs.