I ask because of some other questions and/or advice that has been asked.
I’m not questioning multiple observations of the same type of organism, provided that it is a quality/useful record.
But for instance I have seen questions on how to get more “experts” involved in IDs.
The poster for “overzealous IDs” finds this frustrating, so to that same type(scientist) of person doesn’t a bad quality observation frustrate as well? If they become frustrated they may lose interest in iNat. On the otherhand iNat says, their main purpose is not necessarily researchers… which may inadvertently be contradictory.
Another comment I have seen is “well iNat is not a site that requires perfect photos for IDs”. OK, but doesn’t a poor quality photo hurt the quality of iNat information overall? My definition of a poor photo, is something that is out of focus or too far away to see details, NOT anything judged on “artistic” quality. Even to a layman trying to research something they saw in their backyard, a poor photo isn’t of much value.
Now, many will argue that well iNat is a citizen science project first and foremost. Then another question posted is “how can we get more people involved?”. But photos of cultivated and/or cultivars of natural species is discouraged to some extent. That in itself may very well discourage new users, who are just trying to figure out what the “tropical foliage” plant they bought at Home Depot is.
I have strayed from my original point but I get the feeling iNat wants to be all things to all people and that may/may not work in the overall scheme. Do not think I am trying to be disparaging to iNat, because I am not.