I guess I didn’t understand how user places/locations were created, until now. But I still don’t know how things work with regard to the following.
What I’ve been doing is changing the description of the coordinates so that all my observations for one place have the same “name”, e.g. a particular park, so if an observation happens to default to some address from Google, that gets changed.
I have some past observations that are on private property. I don’t think there is a boundary available for either.
One is a nonprofit that has people who live there but also does workshops and is behind a locked gate, and when I asked if it was ok to post observations here, and how to show them (I said they could be obscured and they agreed with that so that random people wouldn’t try to access the property). In that case, I’m not sure if I need to create a location, though in the future other people who legitimately visit may have observations to add. Or I could just do what I was doing before. I think in either case, I’d preface the actual name with “Private” ?
The other is private property also behind a gate, and there is other private properties and BLM land in there also. This one is a known place that allows visitors with a permitted leader, and there are articles written about the place since it has unusual geology and plants. They said they’d like the observations shown, and if it’s something that they have a name for to use that. I think that probably only applies to the geological features (unless there’s something biological in/on them).
I created an unrelated place with a polygon in order to collect certain observations, and when I did that, there’s a field for Parent but the only one that seemed to apply is North America. Does it automatically include the state and county and/or city? It didn’t let me type anything in. And with that boundary, are those observations automatically included in county (though this particular place has two within my boundary), state, country if I were to search for a particular county, for example?
So if I were to not create a place since I don’t know the boundary, what happens with the observations if I search for observations in that county?