i’m not sure what the disconnect is here, i am not saying we (not they - i am one) are primadonas. I am saying from my experience we don’t want more ID weight (decided by who?) or flashy badges.
Ok, here is what i think we want: A free, powerful communal data management tool. Put some energy into adding the features on iNat that those of us who monitor ecology will use! transect,plot, bucket trap methodologies compatible with the app. Not just the species list, allow some ecological data in with the plots. Negative data and survey tracking functionality. Ability to make secret observations (if that’s a burden, charge people a little bit, whatever). Ability to upload and save data and maps on the app. Basic natural community/ecosystem/wetland mapping functionality. Revele datasheets. And hey… is your taxa full of bad data on iNat? How about better personalized filters to CHOOSE whos data and what taxa to display on the newly upgraded maps? Don’t like Bob’s observations or Sue’s IDs? Turn them off? Most of my ideas come from the botanical world so if your specialty is another taxa i’m sure you will have more ideas too. And none of this is super hard, it just hasn’t been done because the goal was to grow the ‘citizen/community’ aspect of lots of ‘amateurs’. Do what BIOTICS doesn’t do, what Arcmap can’t do without freezing, what you’d do with R if you thought it was worth setting aside enough field time to learn it really well.
Doesn’t that sound better than weighted IDs? You’re a field guy right? Wouldn’t you use that? Or maybe you have another idea that is better. I don’t know. But again i am not arguing for forced equality, just for avoiding having credentials forced on iNat from some external source.