"Missing Location" Observations Placed In Pacific

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Platform (Android, iOS, Website): Website

Browser: Chrome

URLs: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?nelat=0.18705614930507217&nelng=-80.63990072853252&place_id=any&subview=map&swlat=-0.4721178631855647&swlng=-89.69263510353252

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Description of problem:

I saw a line of observations between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos islands and clicked on them assuming they were maritime observations from some sort of ferry. Instead, they are observations that almost universally (a) are not from this part of the world, (b) are missing their location, and (c) are still verifiable when ordinarily a missing location would make them casual.

Thus, it seems to me that when it comes to these observations, the bug is twofold: first, something is preventing them from being marked casual despite lacking location data, and second, their location is being marked as being off the Pacific coast of Ecuador on the map despite, again, lacking location data.

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this is already more or less covered by https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/issues-with-lat-and-or-long-set-at-0/9695.

there is a location input for most of these observations, but it’s a bad location in most cases. so you do need to mark these manually as having a bad location.


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