Listing was popularized by birdwatchers who wanted to keep track of all the bird species they had, and had not, seen. Less known is “PSL” which stands for “pan-species listing”, in other words, “listing of all categories”. The term originated in England – although not in popular use overseas yet, a number of us are genuine “PSLers”.
Most PSLers lamented the lack of a resource to keep track of their sightings, but iNat is pretty much the perfect answer to that.
If you are an active “PSL” lister, you are probably somewhat aware of what you have or haven’t seen, and finding new species is at least a partial motivation. Whether you intentionally keep a list or not is moot since iNat keeps that for you. There are no strict rules with PSL listing, as it is your personal list – however, it does imply a list of wild organisms, not garden plants or captive organisms.
A few discussion questions (you don’t have to respond to them all, or any of them). Does this sound like you? If so, do you find that searching for species you’ve never seen before encourages you to use iNat more? Would you post things on iNat that you might otherwise overlook or swat away e.g. ticks, mosquitos, shells? Is iNat more important to you as a way to submit data, or as a personal way to keep track of what you see?