I’m sure many people have seen this happen. An incorrect ID is made, however, it cannot be corrected because the user has opted out of community ID. As such, incorrect records get added to the database, and it could confuse other observers, as it could make it look like that species occurs in their area when it really doesn’t.
I was curious about what purpose this feature serves. I would imagine it is used to update life lists if the photo is unidentifiable, or an alternate ID is made awhile after the most recent activity (I have done this a couple times). That is, I think, a responsible use of it. The issue arises when it is used irresponsibly.
I encourage other people’s thoughts and suggestions. I’m interested to see what you think :)