Observation Date Missing - Observer reports it is there

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Platform (Android, iOS, Website): website (accessed via iOS mobile device)

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Browser, if a website issue (Firefox, Chrome, etc) : Chrome

URLs (aka web addresses) of any relevant observations or pages: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/92798927

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Description of problem (please provide a set of steps we can use to replicate the issue, and make as many as you need.): User reports they have entered observation date. I see observation date as missing.

Step 1: Go to observation https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/92798927

Step 2: See whether you can see an observation date.

Step 3: See comments to note different user perspectives.

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I don’t see a date, but I think to properly diagnose this we’d need a screenshot from the observer as well.

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Thanks for checking and confirming what you see. I made a comment encouraging the observer to add a screenshot.

Photo is missing EXIF data, has no date.

Yup, missing observation date to me

Is it necessary to manually update the observation in the app after adding a date if auto-sync is turned off?

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Yes, any changes need to be synced, and if auto-sync is off, you need to manually sync


This reminds me on the observation of the fern Paragymnopteris marantae in Bulgaria, where the user told me at pm, that the date was there, the 4th of June 2021. All obss. added on 26.07.2021 by the same person, are missing dates. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/88707874

If you go to the JSON of the observation in the OP (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/92798927.json), you see null for observed_on and observed_on_string.

Same for the observation @erwin_pteridophilos posted.

Thanks for checking.